Sunday, November 3, 2013

Oeufs en Cocotte…a fancy French name for Baked Eggs

Beautiful Oeufs en Cocotte~~or Baked Eggs
I’ve been making a lot of eggs lately.  My husband has been on a “No/Low Carb” diet.  How many ways can you make eggs? Let me count the ways! I’ve done all the standards…fried, scrambled, soft and hard boiled, and omelets.  This week I found a new way…well, a “new” way for me. As I was browsing for a new way to make my eggs,  I found a few recipes for Baked Eggs.  I’ve heard of Baked Eggs, but never considered making them.  Actually, I've never even eaten them. Now I wonder, "why not?”  
Baked eggs, also known as “Eggs en Cocotte”, are an amazing way to cook and eat your eggs. Everyone gets their own dish. They are surprisingly simple, yet elegant enough for a fancy brunch!  Did I mention delicious as well? Because they’re baked, once you mix the ingredients and pop them into the oven, they are hands off.  I’ve already made them three times this week. Toast some bread, make a fruit salad and enjoy!  These are going to be my holiday “go to” egg dish for Thanksgiving and Christmas!  

One with a handful of fresh spinach on the bottom…the other with chopped tomatoes and ham.  Just scrumptious!

All the recipes I’ve seen are basically the same.  First, butter your baking dish. I used creme brulee dishes.  Crack some eggs into the buttered dish, pour in some cream - about two tablespoons - then season the eggs with salt, pepper and a sprinkling of cheese. There you have it!  Can it get easier then that?  If you like, you can jazz it up by layering the bottom with some chopped ham or bacon, chopped veggies, sautéed mushrooms, or greens.
I did one of mine with sliced cherry tomatoes and ham, and the other with a handful of spinach (uncooked) on the bottom.  I also thought some smoked salmon would be a really nice addition.  

Now they’re ready to bake.  Place the dishes on a baking sheet and bake them in a pre-heated oven set at 375º for 8 to12 minutes, or until set.  I like my whites really done, so I go for the longer baking time.  Just keep an eye on them towards the end of baking.  I have seen some recipes that call for a “bain marie” (water bath), but I didn’t use one.  These wonderful "Eggs en Cocotte" lend themselves to creativity, so go ahead and experiment!   

* If you are just baking the eggs with some cheese and cream the 375º is perfect.  If
    you are adding cold ingredients to the bottom of your dish, the oven temperature should 
    be set at 400º and baked 12 to15 minutes depending on how well you like your eggs

Butter your dish and add the veggies….
Break the eggs over the top and sprinkle with salt, pepper, and cheese
Add 2 tablespoons of cream and bake
Then enjoy!!  Breakfast anyone?

Baked Eggs or Oeufs en Cocotte
Adapted from Food 52, Amanda Hesser
Serves 2
  • Soft butter, for buttering dishes
  • 4 eggs
  • 4 tablespoons heavy cream
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • grated swiss, cheddar or the cheese of your choice

Heat the oven to 375 degrees. 
Butter 2 shallow baking dishes (6- or 8-ounce). Sprinkle some cheese on the bottom of dish.  Crack 2 eggs into each baking dish. Spoon 2 tablespoon cream over eggs. Season with salt and pepper. Place the dishes on a baking sheet and slide into your hot oven. Bake until just set, 8 to 12 minutes, depending on the size of the dish you are using.


  1. I love baked eggs but my dishes are really too small! Yours are perfect and they turned out beautiful!

  2. great for brunch. yes with my hot chocolate.

  3. I love eggs Kathy, I eat one almost every day. These look amazing and I can't wait to try them.

  4. Wow, Kathy, these look amazing. My friend is coming for lunch Tuesday and she is on a low-carb diet. I was going to make a frittata, but these are much more elegant option, so I'm changing my plans. We'll be having Oeufs en Cocotte!

  5. These baked eggs look so inviting! And wonderful clicks, kathy.

  6. I wish I had these for breakfast this morning... beautiful.

  7. You must be working your way though the eggs chapter of Mastering the Art of French Cooking! I've always wanted to try baked eggs. Ina Garten makes one with lots of chopped herbs that sounds delicious. Yours look wonderful!

  8. Beautiful, Kathy! This looks like such an easy way to get your eggs in (and hands off!)

  9. It looks like a delicious way to start the day, Kathy! Your Bill is a lucky man :)

  10. Kathy, this is an elegant, and absolutely gorgeous egg dish that I would be so excited to have, using a low-carb diet!

  11. Last year I made baked eggs in muffin tins for breakfast the morning after Thanksgiving. They were such a hit I may just "dress" them up a bit this year and call them Eggs en Cocotte!

    I do adore eggs any way they are served but, I try to limit myself when it comes to eating them too often, Doctors orders:)

    Thanks for sharing, Kathy. I'm going to have so much fun making these for guests:)

  12. Dear Kathy, I am an egg lover. I would be satisfied eating them for all three meals. Yet, like you I have never eaten them this way. I am going to give this a try and I bet I will love it.
    Have a wonderful week. Blessings dear. Catherine xo

  13. Hi Kathy, Your baked eggs look wonderful. I love the French name. It is a nice change from the usual egg dishes. It seems like it could be quite versatile.Thank you.

  14. Kathy, I do love "oeufs en cocotte" so much, so very versatile and delicious and the kids love having individual dishes too. My favorite would be your spinach version - perfect for me!

  15. Now that is what I call a very powerful breakfast! I love your eggs Kathy!

  16. I had something similar to this at a B&B recently. They lined muffin tins with Canadian bacon and then cracked the eggs in there. The entire "cup" slid out and they served it next to English Muffins. I love this idea and have been wanting to try it. Yours look delicious!

  17. These look delicious!
    Didn't I see that you'd lost your blog photos recently? Looks like you figured out how to get them back - so great!

  18. I love this recipe. Can't wait to try it. Thanks for sharing:)

  19. I'm in love with this recipe. I've made them before but not exactly like this. I like yours better.

    Have you tried Gordon Ramsay's scrambled eggs for your husband? So good!

    1. I checked out Gordon Ramsay’s eggs..they sound amazing!

  20. I adore baked eggs, they look delectable Kathy! My favorites are with creamed spinach and roasted garlic.

  21. The day you posted this, I saw it and immediately made it for breakfast! Rich and delicious! I had tried a different version of this last year for Christmas morning but it didn't turn out nearly as good. I will be using your recipe from now on!

  22. Just perfect to start up a day with......
    i guess crispy bacon will made it perfect for my licking!