Individual Baked Eggs
Betsy loves browsing through food magazines and cookbooks and selecting items for me to try out. Sometimes I think she picks dishes that will stump me… That was not the case with this dish though that was in the most recent Bon Appetit (09/2010). This dish was very easy and, in my opinion, just a perfect quick breakfast!
I used individual ramekins to make them into personal servings but if you don’t have ramekins you could make a larger casserole style dish with the same toppings and fillings like I did in my baked egg casserole a few months ago.
The key of course to any baked egg dish is to use the best eggs you can get and not to over-bake them.
Individual Baked Eggs
Yield: Serves 4.
4 pieces of toast, cut to fit (original recipe uses English muffins, but I just used some no knead bread)
4 strips of bacon
5 ounces of fresh spinach
4 large eggs
4 Tablespoons cream
Butter or non-stick spray for ramekins
Salt and pepper
Ramekins (You could use the 4 ounce or 7 ounce variety depending on how big you wanted to make them. I used the 4 ounce ones.)
1) Toast bread or english muffins and cut to fit ramekins.
2) Cook bacon strips in a skillet over medium-high heat. Season with fresh ground pepper. Cook until crispy, about 8 minutes.
3) Remove bacon to a paper-towel-lined plate and let drain. Pour out oil in the pan but leave about 1 Tablespoon.
4) Add spinach to pan and cook until wilted, about 1 minute.
5) Butter or spray with nonstick spray 4 ramekins (you can also layer the ingredients in a small casserole dish).
6) Add toast to bottom of ramekins. Top toast with bacon and divide spinach evenly on top of bacon.
7) Crack eggs right in the middle of the spinach. Add a Tablespoon of cream to each ramekin.
8) Bake at 350 degrees until whites are firm and yolks are still soft, about 15-20 minutes.
9) Cool for a minute and serve!
These guys are actually very easy to make. To start, toast some bread or English muffins (you’ll probably have to cut them down a bit to fit the ramekins if you’re using them).
Meanwhile, get some nice bacon frying in a skillet.
Add some pepper to the bacon and cook it until it’s nice and crispy. It’ll probably take about 8 minutes over medium-high heat to crisp up. Might be a bit longer depending on how thick your bacon is.
Move your bacon to some paper towels to drain and pour out all the oil in the pan except about 1 Tablespoon.
Add all your fresh spinach to the same pan along with a few drops of water and saute it until it’s wilted. The spinach will cook down really fast and have a great flavor because of the tiny amount of bacon grease.
Filling the Ramekins
You can pile these pretty high actually. Start by making sure to lube up your ramekins with either butter or give them a quick spray with non-stick spray. I actually forgot to do this and there was some sticking issues.
Once the ramekins are buttered/sprayed, wedge in a good piece of toast or an English muffin.
Next, crumble up the bacon and add it on top of the toast. About a strip per ramekin is enough but you could do 1 1/2 strips if you want to get crazy.
Then evenly divide your spinach between the dishes. Make a little divet in the middle of the spinach for your egg to sit.
Crack the egg right in the middle of the dish and pour in a tablespoon of cream per ramekin. The cream just keeps everything moist and gets all the flavors melded together. It’s not essential, but it’s a nice touch I think.
Bake these guys at 350 degrees until the egg white is set but the yolk is still slightly soft, about 15-20 minutes. Let them cool for a minute and serve them up!
These are really fun to eat. As you break through the layers in the dish, the egg mixes with all the fillings and toast and makes for a really filling breakfast even though it doesn’t look like a huge amount of food.
If you wanted to make this into a larger casserole, I would layer toast in a square baking dish and top with the same ingredients and then crack 4-6 eggs on top and bake it for probably 30 minutes. That would work just fine I think!