Baked Eggs

I tucked the last present under the tree. I carefully slipped the last sweet into the last stocking. And I said a silent prayer.

Thank you for this Christmas. And please let us sleep in until at least 6 am.

Last Christmas, I heard little thuds land on the floor down the hall. Excited whispers exchanged, and everyone awoke – it’s Christmas! It was also 4:30 in the morning. My one hope for this holiday was for my children to stay snuggled in their beds with visions of sugar plums in their heads until a more palatable hour.

I got my wish.

Our Christmas morning started closer to the six o’clock hour, and it will definitely be one I will remember for years to come. At 8 (nearly 9!) and 6, my children are at their holiday prime, ripe in their love for Christmas. The excitement, the gratefulness, the torn paper on the floor, I wanted to soak it all in.

While these holiday mornings with the family are blissfully leisurely, I am finding myself not wanting to miss a single minute. Rather than lingering over a stove, I crave breakfasts that are simple but warm and substantial. Baked Eggs fits the bill. You can keep it simple for the family members who prefer their eggs unadorned, and gussy it up for those who want more flavor. Add herbs, sauteed mushrooms, cheese, or ham. Let your imagination run wild. Prepare the trimmings the night before so that all you have to do is drop an egg in the ramekins and return to spending those precious moments with the ones who matter the most this time of year.

I hope that you and yours had a very merry (and very delicious!) Christmas.

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Baked Eggs

Ingredients:

eggs
butter for ramekins
kosher salt and pepper, to taste
{options to dress up the eggs}
cheese
ham
sauteed mushrooms
chives
scallions
salsa

Directions:

Crack one or two eggs into buttered ramekins, with fillings, if desired. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Oven: Bake in a preheated 350° oven for about 10 minutes. If you like, bake the ramekins in a baking tray filled halfway with water. The white should be set and the yolk runny.
Broiler: Broil in a preheated broiler for about 6-8 minutes.

Take care not to overcook, it is easy to do! When you remove the eggs from the oven, they will continue to cook as they sit. Serve immediately, with a good helping of warm, crusty bread.

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by Liren Baker on December 26, 2011

18 Responses to “Baked Eggs”

  1. Joan Nova December 26, 2011 @ 3:42 pm (#
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    Lovely post Liren.

    Thank you for your beautiful and inspiring work during this past year and all best wishes to you and your family for the new year.

  2. beti December 26, 2011 @ 5:46 pm (#
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    They look soft and perfect for breakfast I’m tired of scrambled eggs

  3. Koko @ Koko Likes December 26, 2011 @ 7:00 pm (#
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    These look amazing. Beautiful photos!

  4. Patty December 26, 2011 @ 7:55 pm (#
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    Beautiful Liren, I love eggs baked like this for breakfast or for a first course at dinner. Beat wishes for this holiday week;-)

  5. angela@spinachtiger December 26, 2011 @ 8:04 pm (#
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    I love baked eggs. I usually add a touch of cream to them. Those little pots are adorable and pictures are lovely as usual. Happy Holidays to you and your family.

  6. Anna December 26, 2011 @ 10:13 pm (#
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    A great alternative to scrambled egg. Lovely pictures! Holidays deserve simple yet hearty dishes like these. Thanks for the post!

  7. Valentina December 26, 2011 @ 10:21 pm (#
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    I love baked eggs — especially in these adorable pots! I am loving looking through your blog — delicious recipes and stunning photographs. (My kids, 5 & 7 woke us at 4:45 AM on xmas morning! :-D )

  8. Charissa December 26, 2011 @ 11:33 pm (#
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    Funny, I’m not sure I’ve ever had baked eggs…you have inspired me!

    Have an amazing holiday time with family!

  9. Joyti December 27, 2011 @ 1:26 am (#
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    Sounds like a lovely Christmas :)
    And baked eggs…I LOVE baked eggs. And they look so cute in the little pots!

  10. Norma December 27, 2011 @ 8:06 am (#
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    I guess your children are like my grandkids. Up t exactly 4:30 and I feel jet lagged…but lots of fun. These eggs are so comfort food.

    I wish you and your familywonderful things for the New Year> I enjoy do much your work and your support.

    Much love and blessings.
    Norma

  11. baobabs December 27, 2011 @ 7:09 pm (#
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    yum, one of my favourite recipes, and i pile on the cheddar and mozzerella! sometimes i add mushrooms or bacon.

    stunning photos!

  12. Tobias @ T and Tea Cake December 28, 2011 @ 3:19 pm (#
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    Gee, 4:30 in the morning! I’m glad you have had such a lovely (and later starting) Christmas this year! Yet closer to 6 still is not quite my time of the day. ;)
    Good thing that people already exchange presents on Christmas Eve rather than Christmas Day!

    Lovely presentation of such a classic dish. Wish I’d have those sweet little pots, too!

    Cheers,
    Tobias

  13. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen December 28, 2011 @ 4:47 pm (#
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    I’ve been wanting to make more eggs for breakfast, thanks for the inspiration! Wishing you and your family a wonderful New Year.

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  15. Russell at Chasing Delicious December 29, 2011 @ 11:10 am (#
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    Yumm! I love all thing eggs and for some reason have not tried baked eggs before. And what gorgeous shots!

  16. Madison February 20, 2012 @ 5:47 pm (#
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    Baked eggs? Very interesting concept! I have never tried such a recipe but your photos sure make them look good! Plus, it looks easy enough to make! Going to have to try this one!! :)

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