Baked Eggs. Ah, the very thought of them puts me in a head-spin.
If you’ve read any of my pre-SANEity restaurant review posts you cannot have escaped the fact that I think Baked Eggs are The Bomb. And, thankfully, because Baked Eggs are in themselves *SANE, I still get to go to my Happy Place and sit on an aging pine bar stool in the window of Cafe Presse in Seattle and eat the best Baked Eggs this side of Paris.
Baked Eggs have been one of my faves as long as I can remember. My mother used to make them every once in a while – only on a Sunday though – and I looked forward to those Sundays more than any other. I have never forgotten how happy this dish made me, although I couldn’t explain to you why such a simple thing caused me such joy. My mother made them in small, round, fluted, pretty pink dishes – I expect she still has them tucked away in a cupboard somewhere. While the eggs were baking in the oven she would grill (broil) bacon and then chop the rashers (slices) into pieces that she scattered on top of the eggs when they were done. My boat was well and truly floated every single time she made these.
I decided – since Jonathan is forever extolling the endless virtues of salmon – that it was high-time I introduced you to the love of my life, but with salmon instead of my mother’s grilled bacon. I mean, I love bacon, but I also love smoked salmon. In this recipe I am referring to the smoked salmon that is called Lox in the US – that pinky-orange, thinly sliced salmon that Americans love to slap between two halves of bagel with a generous dollop of cream cheese.
This recipe is more assembly than anything else, and takes just a few minutes to throw together before you sling them in the oven to get on with the whole baked part. I confess I have made these practically every weekend since I tried them out a few months back. They just make me supremely happy. I hope you feel the same way.
- ½ TBSP butter
- 3 TBSP heavy cream
- 2 oz / 55g chopped smoked salmon (lox)
- Sea salt and pepper
- 2 tsp fresh chives
- 2 eggs
- Grease small ramekin dish with butter.
- Put cream in bottom of dish.
- Spread salmon on bottom of dish, sprinkle with chives and season.
- Crack eggs carefully over the salmon.
- Place dish in a baking pan with water half way up the sides of ramekin dish.
- Bake for 15 minutes at 350 F until eggs are just cooked.