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Brunch-tastic: Oeufs en Cocotte with Leeks

2010 January 22
by Gayle

Brunch is one of my favorite little luxuries. What says “decadent” better than sleeping too late to call it breakfast, a mix of savory and sweet and boozy beverages? As a bonus, this recipe is so simple you can make it on only one cup of coffee.

Also known as shirred eggs or baked eggs, I like to call them “oeufs en cocotte” for the Bonus Decadence of being French. I originally learned to make this with frozen chopped spinach and a little extra cream hidden underneath the egg, but eventually learned I could line the ramekin with almost anything and it would come out tasty… chopped smoked salmon, sautéed mushrooms and green onions, even a quarter-inch of tomato sauce and a couple canned artichoke hearts. But leeks are what I keep coming back to as a base. Plus there were some beauties at the grocery store this week (and a couple left over even after making a massive batch of potato-leek soup).

The rest of the ingredients are probably languishing in the ‘fridge already. The cream (heavy, whipping, even just milk) is just enough of a thin film over the egg to keep it moist and baking in a water bath, while a tad more of a hassle than some versions of baked eggs, ensures even cooking. The 10-ish minutes it takes to cook is just enough time to rinse out the frying pan and pour that second cup of coffee (or a mimosa!).

Oeufs en Cocotte with Leeks
Serves 2 (easily doubled)

1 Tablespoon butter
1 large leek, thoroughly rinsed and sliced, white and light green parts only
2 large eggs
2 Tablespoons cream
Parmesan cheese, salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Preheat the oven to 375 F. Spray or brush the base and sides of the ramekins with butter or some other kitchen lubricant and set aside.

Melt the butter in a small skillet over medium heat, add the leeks and sprinkle with salt. Sweat for a couple of minutes and then turn up the heat to sauté, stirring often, until softened (5 to 8 minutes).

Divide the leek mixture evenly between the two ramekins – cooked it should amount to about a heaping 1/4 cup of leeks in each. Crack an egg into each ramekin and pour a tablespoon of cream over each egg. Sprinkle with parm, salt and pepper as desired.

Place ramekins into a loaf pan, roasting pan, or some sort of casserole dish (not touching, they need their personal space), put the dish on the oven rack and carefully pour hot (!) water around the ramekins, enough to come about halfway up their sides.

Bake for 8 to 12 minutes, depending on how you like your eggs (and your oven).

5 Responses leave one →
  1. E :) permalink
    January 23, 2010

    Yum! Miss you muchly, gorgeous! xo

  2. December 25, 2015

    I have never seen a cake recipe like this brefoe. I would love to try this out. I am an olive oil user coz it is healthier than ordinary cooking oil, so seeing this kind of recipe excites me.

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