Over the last weekend I was looking for a quick and filling dish to make for breakfast one day and I didn’t really feel like running to the store so I came up with this nifty casserole dish (or what I call a casserole) with a few simple ingredients I had laying around.
It’s a play on a baked egg dish, except I added some crusty bread around the edges and layered the eggs over a simple tomato sauce.
The baked egg casserole was the result!
The good thing about this dish is you can throw it together in just a few minutes, stick it in the oven, shower and get ready for the day, and then it’ll be ready when you are!
1) For sauce, add a few Tablespoons of oil to a skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onions and cook until translucent, about 4-5 minutes. Then add garlic and tomatoes and a pinch of salt and pepper.
2) Cook this down for a few minutes. It's a pretty rustic sauce. No need for it to be completely smooth. Feel free to add some crushed red pepper and/or Parmesan as well.
3) Slice a few slices of very hearty, rustic bread and line the edges of a casserole dish with the bread slices.
4) Pour your tomato sauce in the bottom of your casserole dish.
5) Crack six eggs on top of the tomato sauce. Sprinkle on fresh thyme and a good pinch of salt and pepper. You could add some Parmesan cheese also if you wanted.
6) Bake this at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes. If you want the yolks firm, cook for another 10 minutes.
7) Serve immediately and make sure each serving gets some bread, sauce and egg.
Making the sauce
Really the only thing you have to make for this dish is the sauce and if you were in a pinch you could definitely use jarred sauce or your favorite tomato pasta sauce.
If you want to make your own though, just add a tablespoon or two of olive oil to a skillet over medium-high heat and then add your diced onion. Once it’s translucent, add your garlic and tomatoes and a pinch of salt and cook for a few minutes until it looks like a rustic sauce. There’s a bunch of variations you could make on this if you wanted but this is the simplest version.
You could add some crushed red pepper or some Parmesan cheese to kick up the flavor a bit if you were so inclined.
Making the casserole
First thing you’ll need is some good, crusty bread. I used a few slices of no knead bread that I had on hand, but any rustic loaf will work. The bread is going to be partially covered in sauce and baked so if you use a flimsy white bread it’ll just fall apart.
If you have large slices like I did, you’ll need to chop them in half to fit them around the edges of your casserole dish. Just do whatever works though depending on your dish and your bread.
Then pour all your tomato sauce into the bottom of the dish. Crack six eggs on top and try to space them out evenly. Sprinkle the fresh thyme on top along with a drizzle of olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper. You could again add some grated cheese here if you wanted, but I wanted to keep this version simple.
Baking the dish
Bake this dish at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes until the whites are set on the eggs. My yolks were slightly runny after 30 minutes. If you wanted to have firm yolks, bake the dish for another 5-10 minutes.
After it comes out of the oven, spoon up a slice of toast with each egg and some sauce.
It’s amazing what just a few simple ingredients can do. This was a fantastic brunch dish. I actually had three eggs it was so good.
If you’re ever looking for a quick and simple brunch meal, give this a shot!