Sunday, April 3, 2011

Baked eggs & peppers

In some ways, it's hard to call this a recipe. Although I'll jot down what I did to make these little guys, know that you can use anything you have handy. Baked eggs is a concept, not a recipe.

I used Pinnacle Ceramic's non-stick 6oz ramekins for this recipe. I have about 12 of them in red and white. They are pretty and very easy to clean.

Baked eggs & peppers

This recipe makes one 6oz ramekin worth, so make 1, 2, or 3 (or 4, etc.) per person. Although it's per ramekin, feel free to make all the veggies for all the ramekins in just one skillet, then distribute amongst the various ramekins.


1-2 awesome eggs (these were a mix of Trader Joe's and eggs from some local chickens)
butter, lard, olive oil, or bacon fat for greasing and sauteing
.25 cup chopped green or white onion
.25 cup chopped green and/or colored bell pepper


Preheat the over to 350°.

Grease up the ramekins with your chosen fat and place them on a cookie sheet or baking pan for ease of handling.

Heat a skillet over medium high heat, add a bit of fat and swirl to coat the pan. Add the veggies and sautee them until they are soft, but not limp. About five minutes should do it.

Distribute the veggies into the greased ramekins and top each with one or two eggs. You can break the yolk or leave them whole. It's your choice.

Here, you can see the fat greasing the ramekins

Put the tray(s) of ramekins in the oven for 10 to 15 minutes. If you like the yolk soft, then check them early for doneness. Be aware that baked yolks often look uncooked, even when fully hard. You might need to touch one to see if it's done.

Remove from the oven and allow to cool until you and your diners can handle the hot ramekins. I like to serve them directly from the ramekin, but you can also scoop them out onto a plate or bowl.

I've included some alternate versions, below.

Baked eggs & summer squash

Instead of the peppers, use .25 cup of yellow summer squash, zucchini, crookneck squash, and/or those flying saucer things.

Baked eggs & some fresh vegetables

Instead of the peppers, use .25 cup of the freshest ______. This option is often the most delicious because of the fresh produce! Mmmm....

Baked eggs with veggies and cheese

Top the ramekins with some cheese. Here, it's a Mexican cotija, which isn't particularly melty, but pretty flavorful.

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