When I’m browsing through cookbooks or paging through the latest feeds from the blogs that I read, I always pause on baked eggs. There is something so riveting about the thought of eggs nestled in some veggie goodness, ready for a nice chunk of bread to tear into that runny yolk, and slurp up a big bite. Everything you need in one tasty mouthful.
So, when my CSA gave me a little bit of spinach and a little bit of kale, I knew that I needed to combine them, because a little bit of fresh spinach, unless used in a salad, is pretty much useless. One of the first big shocks I had when learning to cook was watching a huge mound of spinach cook down to barely two servings!
Using Eat Your Books to browse through my cookbooks, foodie blogs, and online magazines, I found Skillet Baked Eggs with Spinach, Yogurt and Chili Oil in Bon Appetit.
Unfortunately, this recipe only partially worked for me. I’m not sure what entirely went wrong, but my eggs were still looking almost raw after cooking for 10 minutes at 300. So I googled a bunch of baked eggs recipes and found everything from 350 for 15-18 minutes, 400 for 14-16 minutes, 425 for 15 minutes. Obviously there is no consensus when it comes to baked eggs, but the one thing that I did not find was any recipe that called for just baking them for 10-15 minutes at a low temperature like 300. So, I bumped up my heat and kept an eye on them.
I think my second mistake was using my convection oven. The eggs at the back of the oven ended up totally overcooked, while those at the front were just about perfect.
The one thing that did work from this recipe was the yogurt. At the beginning of your preparation you take a halved garlic clove and a pinch of salt and stir that into your yogurt. It rests while you prep and cook the meal. Then when you are ready to serve, you fish out the garlic clove. This leaves you with a subtle garlicky yogurt - a perfect condiment.
Alas, my first baked eggs will have to be written off as a learning experience. How about you? What is your go-to baked egg recipe? I want to try again!