Baked Eggs in Ham Crisps is a great brunch and even a breakfast dish for dinner. My family also loves to have breakfast for dinner and this is the perfect egg dish to serve them. Your family, and even your relatives, will love this delightful egg dish that is the answer for a quick breakfast that also looks elegant. In France, this basic methods of baked eggs is called oeufs en cocotte which means “eggs in ramekins.”
This delicious recipe is adapted from the January 2002 issue of Gourmet Magazine. Photo also from Gourmet Magazine.
- 3/4 pound mushrooms, finely chopped
- 1/4 cup onion or shallot, finely chopped
- 2 tablespoons butter, unsalted
- 1/2 teaspoon Lawrey's seasoned salt or salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 3 tablespoons creme fraiche or sour cream
- 1 tablespoon tarragon leaves, fresh and finely chopped
- 12 thin slices Virginia ham or honey ham
- 12 medium eggs
- Whole tarragon leaves, fresh (for garnish)
- Triangles of toast, buttered
Preheat oven to 350 F. Lightly oil a 12-cup muffin pan.
In a large heavy frying pan over medium-high heat, saute mushrooms and shallot in butter with salt and pepper, stirring, approximately 10 minutes or until mushrooms are tender and liquid they give off is evaporated. Remove from heat and stir in cre fraiche or sour cream and tarragon.
To Assemble, fit one (1) slice of ham into each prepared muffin cups (ends will stick up and hang over edges of cups). Divide mushrooms among the cups and crack one (1) egg into each.
Bake in middle of oven approximately 12 to 14 minutes, depending on number of servings being baked. Check the eggs after about 10 minutes baking time. When done, the whites should be completely set and the yolks beginning to thicken but not hard. Remove from oven.
Season eggs with additional salt and pepper. Remove eggs (with ham) from muffin cups carefully, using 2 spoons or small spatulas, and place on individual serving plates. Garnish with tarragon leaves and triangles of buttered toast leaned on the cups to dip in the yolk as desired.
Serve two eggs per person.
Makes 6 servings.