Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Baked Eggs

We have hot water!! I am certain that it was the positive thoughts that you sent our way - Thank you!! Thank you!!

Tonight after work, I came home and practiced a little yoga, then took a long HOT shower to celebrate! 

Rafe is on spring break so he went to visit a friend in Southern CT and tonight I was on my own for dinner. Inspiration came in the form of a gift from Rafe's mom. While she was cleaning our her house (getting it ready to go on the market) she found these little gems. 

Le Creuset stoneware mini cocotte's!!


One red, and one blue. So precious!

She had purchased them a while back for a gift that she never gave - and offered them to ME! I think she felt bad about the water situation and wanted to make me feel better. 

It worked.

It is my tradition to eat eggs for dinner on the nights that Rafe is not at home - and tonight was no different, though the preparation was. I used this recipe as my guide for cooking times, etc - but adapted it with some different ingredients.

I first diced about 2 tablespoons of onion and a 1/5 cup of potato and sauteed them in a little butter. I seasoned it with salt, pepper, garlic powder and cayenne and cooked until the potatoes were browned and tender - like hashbrowns. 

I layered the potato mixture on the bottom of the ramekin.


Then I sliced some grape tomatoes seasoned with salt and pepper.


Next came the egg, some sliced deli ham, and shredded cheddar.  I topped the cheese with a sprinkle of paprika for color. A little dab of butter went on top then I replaced the lid on the cocotte and put it in a 400 degree oven for 15 minutes.


And yep, this is what I got - and no it did not taste as good as it looks....It was better!! With some toast and a goblet of orange juice it was a perfect and satisfying dinner. These would also be great for breakfast or brunch!


I think these cocotte's are adorable - but the size is a bit prohibitive for some things. Any suggestions what else I could use them for? They hold about 8 oz.


17 comments:

  1. Breakfast for dinner, especially when you are alone for some reason, is always SO satisfying! I think because it's ironic and you sort of feel like you are being rebellious or something. and when it's just you to please, you can do whatever you want!

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  2. What a great gift from Rafe's mom! I love these baked eggs and I think you should make mini everything - chicken pot pie, baked pasta, etc. - with these!

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  3. Michelle, again - I'm in love with something le creuset!! I really just want to eat everything out of them - but they are kind of small and I need larger quantities of food. Maybe this will be a good excercise in portion control?

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  4. Those are adorable. I would totally use them for a few mini cakes or even better, mini fruit crisps. They would look so pretty.

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  5. That meal sounds so comforting. I need to get a similar baking dish so I can enjoy this! Glad you have hot water.

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  6. You could make me dinner any time! This looks great!!

    I have a set of 4 mini cocottes, and I use them for serving soup mostly... but they're good for mac and cheese, chicken pot pie, and some desserts. I have the mini cocotte cookbook if you ever want to borrow it for inspiration!

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  7. I love you eggs for breakfast when you're home alone tradition! so fun. Glad you have hot water!!!

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  8. OOooooh those cocottes are sooooo cute!! I really love eggs for dinner. I kinda wanna buy new bakewear just to be able to make something similar to what you cooked!

    Maybe make some super rich mac and cheese in those individual sized ramekins?

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  9. They are very cute! Sometimes I make his/hers chicken pot pies and they look to be the perfect size!
    www.thethreebiterule.com

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  10. ooh yummy! those dishes would be great for individual chili or mac n' cheese.

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  11. That looks fantastic! The little cocottes are so cute!! My first thought was a mini souffle! Hey I wanted to tell you that I referenced your blog in my blog today! :-) I don't have nearly as many readers as you do but I hope it brings you a couple more! :-)

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  12. Oooh this looks SO delicious!! And the mini Le Creusets?? Adorable!! I would want to make dinner in them every night :)

    Sues

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  13. oh those are way too cute! we just had little vegetable pot pies in ones similar to that - I'll post them hopefully this week sometime but with pie crust folded over the top it was perfect!

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  14. ooh, i love the idea of using these for individual baked eggs!! i've been eyeing those little cocotte's... might have to break down :)

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  15. I've been eyeing those little guys in stores for a while. I feel like they'd make the cutest mini pot pies or molten chocolate cakes for sharing... also they'd be perfect for French onion soup, not that I'd ever make something like that! ;)
    PS - thanks for all your comments on my blog over the weekend. I felt like we were almost catching up (on my life) in person. Now I'm off to catch up on what's going on with you. :D

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  16. Those are the cutest little things ever!!! I want those for my birthday : )

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