Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Oeufs Cocotte-Baked Eggs



I'm hoping that "company" rather than" food" is the real reason that my friends come by for dinner. Sometimes the foods that I have planned to serve do not always turn out like the picture in the recipe book or closely resemble it. I have had disasters at my dinner parties..... they all can't be perfect! Once, at the home of a friend , a firey disaster struck. We had to take the fire extinguisher to the oven.............I think that made the wine taste even better! With the great company present, we had several good laughs........food was not an issue.

Getting back to the recipe I am about to post, this is very easy and has never failed me yet! You can prepare it for brunch or serve it as a starter for dinner.

For Six persons.

6 eggs
6 cassolettes
2 Tablespoons of creme fraiche or sour cream for each dish.
Salt and pepper to taste.
Fresh Chives, chopped.

Place one tablespoon of sour cream in the bottom of each cassolette. Add a pinch of salt and pepper . Place one egg in the dish and cover the egg again with one more tablespoon of sour cream. Salt and pepper once again. Sprinkle with chopped chives. Place the cassolettes in a dish(bain Marie)with hot water. Place in a preheated 400 degree oven for 20 minutes. Serve immediately.

13 comments:

Tica said...

A simple fantastic favorite! It is amazing this little trick!

T.W. Barritt said...

I love this dish -- just the essence of the egg, and a dollop of good cream! Heaven!

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

It's nice maybe when things come out like we expect/want but some of the best times and memories are often not from the perfect.
I do love baked eggs!
But it really is about the company!

wheresmymind said...

garrr! You so beat me to this post!! lol

bcinfrance said...

I have made this recipe, virtually exactly -- I think I got the idea from Elle à Table -- and I agree it's totally delicious! And so simple. For me, it's a Sunday night dish...

Mimi said...

Beautiful presentation, Jann — as usual.

Easy and no fail — I like that, too.

Kristen said...

Sometimes the things we remember the most are those disasters that bring us all together!

Pam said...

From Julia Child's Life in France book, I was somewhat surprised over one of Julia's rules around dinner parties - one being if the meal or a dish does not turn out well, do not discuss it. What a stretch! Can you imagine not discussing the need of a fire extinguisher?!

Anne said...

I love eggs so this one pops up at our dinnertable often as well. I agree with BCinFrance. I don't know what it is about eggs and Sunday nights...

Christine said...

How lovely! I never would have thought to make these as a starter for dinner. Fantastic idea and one that I'll employ. I've got to go make more creme fraiche.

Katie said...

I love eggs in any form - especially easy. These look lovely .....and tres elegant!

Susan said...

Thanks for visiting my site 'cause now I found yours. You've got some lovely recipes and great photos here.
I'm so happy that you posted the baked eggs. I've had them at restaurants but have never made them. Now, I will!

Susan from Food "Blogga"

Linda said...

this looks amazing!! what a wonderful idea :)