Saturday, June 26, 2010

time to relax

A simple breakfast with a strong cup of coffee and time to sit and leisurely enjoy the morning, are times that probably most of us see ourselves enjoying but seldom have the chance to realize.

I’ve had some schedule changes in my life recently that have challenged those moments as well as countless others (including posting for this blog). But I am determined to carve out those quiet, re-building times that help me to energize for the busier times.

Eggs are the quintessential comfort food as well as quick and simple to prepare. And this recipe for herbed baked eggs is delicious and satisfying. With a touch of cream, a knob of butter and some freshly grated parmesan you can elevate eggs to glory.

The herbs for this dish can vary with what is in your garden or that you have on hand in the fridge. My garden right now is abundant with fragrantly woody rosemary, thyme and summer savory, the more delicate sister of winter savory. It is related to the mint family, the flavor is slightly peppery, as well as reminiscent of both mint and thyme. It has a wonderful affinity for tender young vegetables and I enjoy using this herb to flavor vinegar, which is a way to preserve that fresh, summery flavor at the height of the season.

So put on a fresh pot of coffee, crack a few eggs and take some time to relax.

I did.


Herbed Baked Eggs
inspired by Ina Garten

1 clove minced fresh garlic
2 Tbsp. minced fresh herbs. (I used rosemary, thyme and savory. Or parsley, tarragon and chives would work well also)
2 tablespoon freshly grated Parmesan
6 extra-large eggs
2 tablespoons heavy cream
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Preheat the broiler for 5 minutes and place the oven rack 6 inches below the heat.

Combine the garlic, herbs 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.

1 comment:

  1. great post. eggs make me happy. i love the sound of the summer savory. i've never seen it, now i need it. i can smell breakfast already, thanks.