Barefoot Bloggers: Herbed-Baked Eggs

Yes, yes, I have joined yet another baking group. This one, Barefoot Bloggers, was started by Tara of Smells Like Home, and is devoted to cooking/baking Ina Garten recipes twice a month. I was drawn to this group for a few reasons:

#1 – I could stand to focus on cooking for a change instead of always baking – variety is the spice of life, no?
#2 – I love Ina Garten.
#3 – My sister bought me Ina’s Barefoot Contessa at Home cookbook for Christmas and it has been neglected.

Definitely good reasons. Now on to the food!

Our first recipe was Herbed-Baked Eggs, which I had actually watched Ina make on an episode of Barefoot Contessa. They looked fabulous, and I was looking forward to trying them. Some butter and cream is heated to bubbling under a broiler, and then three eggs are slipped into the gratin dish, covered with a mixture of herbs and Parmesan cheese. What a wonderful dish, and something so quick yet fancy enough to serve to breakfast guests. The eggs need a bit longer than the 5-6 minutes Ina estimates under the broiler, but the taste is just fabulous.

Our next Barefoot Blogger recipe will be Pasta, Pesto, and Peas. Be on the lookout for it in a couple of weeks!

Herbed-Baked Eggs
(Source: Ina Garten “Barefood in Paris” and the show Barefoot Contessa)

1/4 teaspoon minced fresh garlic
1/4 teaspoon minced fresh thyme leaves
1/4 teaspoon minced fresh rosemary leaves
1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
1 tablespoon freshly grated Parmesan
6 extra-large eggs
2 tablespoons heavy cream
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Toasted French bread or brioche, for serving

Preheat the broiler for 5 minutes and place the oven rack 6 inches below the heat.

Combine the garlic, thyme, rosemary, parsley, and Parmesan and set aside. Carefully crack 3 eggs into each of 2 small bowls or teacups (you won’t be baking them in these) without breaking the yolks. (It’s very important to have all the eggs ready to go before you start cooking.)

Place 2 individual gratin dishes on a baking sheet. Place 1 tablespoon of cream and 1/2 tablespoon of butter in each dish and place under the broiler for about 3 minutes, until hot and bubbly. Quickly, but carefully, pour 3 eggs into each gratin dish and sprinkle evenly with the herb mixture, then sprinkle liberally with salt and pepper. Place back under the broiler for 5 to 6 minutes, until the whites of the eggs are almost cooked. (Rotate the baking sheet once if they aren’t cooking evenly.) The eggs will continue to cook after you take them out of the oven. Allow to set for 60 seconds and serve hot with toasted bread.


18 Responses

  1. This looks great and such a perfect breakfast!

  2. Chelley, these look GREAT!

  3. These look fabulous! YUM!

  4. I really love this one! I made it twice already 🙂

  5. Chelle!

    You’ve been such a bad (good) influence on me! I’ve recently become addicted to cooking blogs. I’ve starred so many recipes in my Google reader to try out. I’ve been so excited to use all the new cookware from the wedding gifts. The husband is loving it too. 🙂

    Thanks for the inspiration!

  6. Looks delicious!

  7. Is it weird to say that eggs look cute?

  8. I agree…a perfect easy fancy breakfast!

  9. love the way they turned out Chelle!

  10. These look fantastic…in fact, they do look cute!

  11. that looks tasty! i used to cook a lot more but now it’s mostly about baking. i just watched my first episode of ina’s show this last wkd for some dark choco angel food cake she was showcasing, and i was thinking that i liked the whole show’s recipes!!

  12. I’m looking forward to giving my ignored Contessa cookbooks a workout, too. Can’t wait to try this one tomorrow.

  13. yum! They look so delicious! Great job!

  14. I think I’d happily eat those any time of the day, not just at breakfast.

  15. I needed a little push to cook instead of bake as well! Your eggs look fabulous.

  16. oh god i loooooove baked eggs!

  17. Oh wow, these look totally sinful! I bet my husband would absolutely love them.

  18. Very cool. I just did some on my wordpress blog with cream and some bacon. They were awesome. If you want to check out the recipe you can find it at

    Thanks for the ideas!

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