Background and History:
Oeufs Cocotte, or Baked Eggs, is a classic French dish that has been delighting palates for generations. This dish’s origins can be traced back to France, where it was traditionally served as a breakfast or brunch option. It’s adored for its simplicity, versatility, and the delightful surprise of a perfectly cooked egg with a variety of flavorful accompaniments.
- 4 large eggs
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Optional accompaniments: diced ham, grated cheese, fresh herbs, or sautéed spinach
Time: 10 minutes (prep), 15 minutes (cooking)
Cooking Time: 15 minutes
- Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
- Butter two ramekins with 1 tablespoon of butter each. This prevents the eggs from sticking to the dish.
- In each ramekin, crack 2 eggs without breaking the yolks. Add 2 tablespoons of heavy cream over the eggs. Season with salt and pepper.
- Choose your desired accompaniments and gently sprinkle them over the eggs. Options include diced ham, grated cheese, fresh herbs, or sautéed spinach.
- Place the ramekins in a baking dish, and carefully pour hot water into the dish until it reaches about halfway up the sides of the ramekins.
- Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil and place it in the preheated oven. Bake for about 12-15 minutes, or until the egg whites are set, but the yolks remain slightly runny.
- Remove from the oven and serve your Oeufs Cocotte immediately, with a side of crusty bread for dipping.
Nutrition Facts (per serving):
- Calories: 350
- Protein: 13g
- Fat: 30g
- Carbohydrates: 3g
- Fiber: 0g
- Sugars: 1g
- Oeufs Cocotte allows for endless customization, making it a versatile and creative dish. Experiment with various accompaniments to suit your taste.
- The key to perfect Oeufs Cocotte is timing – you want the egg whites to be set, but the yolks to remain slightly runny.
- Be cautious if you or your guests have allergies to eggs or dairy (from the heavy cream and butter).
- Check for potential cross-contamination or substitute ingredients as needed for any allergies or dietary restrictions.
Enjoy your homemade Oeufs Cocotte, a delightful French dish that’s perfect for a leisurely breakfast, brunch, or even a light dinner.