Eggs as a Casserole (en Cocotte), for all intensive purposes - Baked eggs, with cream (does it GET any better?)
I have done this a couple of times before, but I was feeling very much the experimentalist this morning. Mainly due to the fact that I had no ham or Prosciutto to line the ramekins with. Thus I opted for Peruvian blue potatoes sliced very thin (which made me think of the au Gratin Potatoes I had just made), and spring onions with a sprinkling of Grana Padano. It was quite tasty.
The part that wasn't so great, although, not necessarily BAD, was that I opted for my au gratin pans, which, since they are not enameled, banned me from using a proper water bath. Eggs don't like to be exposed to intense temperatures and should be baked in a more gentle fashion... But I was throwing caution to the wind this morning.
Oeufs en Cocotte
For each serving......
Butter for the Ramekin/Au Gratin pan
1/2 a small potato, sliced thin
1 Scallions (spring/green onion), sliced thin
1 TB Grana Padano Cheese grated
2 TB Heavy Cream
a couple dots of Butter
Salt and Pepper
Preheat oven to 450
Butter your ramekin/au gratin pan
Line the bottom with a single layer of thinly sliced potatoes
Sprinkle with scallions (spring/green onions) and bake for 10 minutes.
Remove from the oven and cool slightly (about 5 minutes) before sprinkling with Grana Padano.
Crack 2 eggs into the cooled ramekin/au gratin
Pour 1 TB of cream over each of the yolks (it should pretty much cover the top of the egg)
Sprinkle with Salt (I used Alder Smoked Salish Salt) and hit it with Black Pepper and add a dot of butter to the top of each yolk.
Technically they should be placed in an oven save dish that is filled with hot water and baked for 10-15 minutes. I simply placed mine in the oven for 10 minutes.
Serve with Sour dough toast points, so you can do this... :) Cause breaking into the liquid gold of the yolk with the point of your toast is just more satisfying than using a spoon or fork. (Sometimes it's just the little things)
As I said, the au gratin pans were not the ideal vessel for egg cookage, but they were serviceable. One thing that I will NOT do again, is use the Peruvian blues... I forgot that they turn this weird grayish color when cooked, not very appetizing at the bottom of my dish... But other than that, utterly delish!!!!