Oeufs Cocotte (Baked Eggs)

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.

Ingredients:

  • 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

Serves: 2

Time: 10 minutes (prep), 15 minutes (cooking)

Cooking Time: 15 minutes

Instructions:

  • 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

Notes:

  • 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.

Allergy Warning:

  • 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.

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