I’m a sucker for baked eggs. Add toast “soldiers” (slivers of toast slathered in butter), and I’m in heaven.
My usual recipe for baked eggs involves spinach and sharp cheddar (mmm!), but this morning I wanted to try Ina Garten’s version, which calls for lots of fresh herbs and garlic.
The result? An unbelievably tasty breakfast that was lighter and more unexpected than an omelet. The smell of herbs, cheese, and garlic wafted through our home and signified that Sunday morning was here. Happiness and coffee ensued.
Ina Garten’s Herbed-Baked Eggs
1/4 teaspoon minced fresh garlic
1/4 teaspoon minced fresh thyme leaves
1/4 teaspoon minced fresh rosemary leaves
1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan or sharp cheddar
6 large eggs
2 tablespoons heavy cream
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
Toasted French bread or brioche, for serving
Preheat the broiler for 5 minutes and place the oven rack 6 inches below the heat.
Combine the garlic, thyme, rosemary, parsley, and Parmesan, and set aside. Carefully crack 3 eggs into each of 2 small bowls or teacups (you won’t be baking them in these) without breaking the yolks. (It’s very important to have all the eggs ready to go before you start cooking.)
Place 2 individual gratin dishes on a baking sheet. Place 1 tablespoon of cream and 1/2 tablespoon of butter in each dish, and place under the broiler for about 3 minutes, until hot and bubbly. Quickly, but carefully, pour 3 eggs into each gratin dish and sprinkle evenly with the herb mixture, then sprinkle liberally with salt and pepper. Place back under the broiler for 5 to 6 minutes, until the whites of the eggs are almost cooked. (Rotate the baking sheet once if they aren’t cooking evenly.) The eggs will continue to cook after you take them out of the oven. Allow to set for 60 seconds, and serve hot with toasted bread.