August 24, 2008

Easy Baked Eggs

I have held on to a recipe from Real Simple magazine that is a baked eggs and potatoes for the longest time. Pretty much, you bake halves of potatoes to a certain point, then you crack eggs on each half and continue to bake. I kept forgetting to get the potatoes to make this recipe, so nope, I don't know what this one tastes like just yet.

However, browsing through Food Network, I came across the new show "Ask Aida". Aida is personable, maybe a little stiff still, but I'd watch her cook. But man, her "co-host", that geeky dude, he's not helping the show. It's like Tyler Florence's How to Boil Water. I would watch Tyler cook, like I do now with is Ultimate shows, but that chick with him wasn't adding to anything. But I digress.

Aida was finishing up the Baked Eggs with Canadian Bacon, Spinach, and Aged Cheddar and they looked DELICIOUS.

The baked eggs got stuck in my head once again when I woke up this morning. I obviously don't have any Canadian bacon on hand nor spinach, aged cheddar, cream, or sourdough so I improvised.

Oakley's Easy Baked Eggs

A few slices of lunch meat - ham or turkey would do.
4 eggs
A splash of milk
A few slivers of butter
4 big pinches of shredded cheddar cheese
Salt and pepper
Optional: Cayenne pepper or hot sauce, fresh herbs of your choice, garlic powder, onion powder, whatever you want to flavor this with. Go crazy!
  1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Put lunch meat in the bottom of each ramekin and crack one egg over that.
  2. To each ramekin, add a splash of milk, a bit of butter, and seasonings. Top all of them off with cheese.
  3. Put ramekins on a baking sheet and bake for 15-18 minutes for runny eggs. If you like it well cooked (like Brandon), bake for 20-25 minutes.
Brandon didn't want cheese toast so I just throw in two slices of buttered bread on the same baking sheet, and pull them out about 10 minutes in. You can certainly use your toaster on the side instead, or a broiler after the eggs are done baking.

Very easy and straight forward, y'all!

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