Monday, October 3, 2011

Shirred Eggs or Eggs en Cocotte?

The Painter aka The Baker and I had a busy weekend.  Thanks to many of your good suggestions and a rather laborious seeking out of just the right paint color, we finally got the living room painted!!  The biggest chore was taping off the nine windows, the fireplace and book shelves, one set of French doors and two other doors.  Once that was done, the paint went on the plaster walls very easily and only one coat was required.  I'll be showing you the finished room once the furniture and knick knacks are back in place.

A few months ago, I shared a good recipe for baked eggs with you.  Thanks to the Chicago Tribune, I've found an even better one.  This recipe calls for placing the individual dishes of eggs and "fixings" into a water bath which prevents the protein rich eggs from turning rubbery.  It's a dish that lends itself to easily feeding a brunch gathering without spending hours in the kitchen.  Add a fruit salad or garden salad and a few slices of good bread and sit back to accept kudos from your guests!

Shirred Eggs It is When Speaking English from me and the Chicago Tribune

Grease a 6 to 8 ounce ramekin with butter
Add precooked ingredients such as:
      thinly sliced ham
      cooked and crumbled bacon
      sauteed mushrooms
      steamed spinach
      hash browns
      shredded cheese
Add two eggs
Top with little bits of butter, grated cheese or cream.

This is one serving.  Prepare as many ramekins as you have guests.

Set the filled ramekin inside a larger, straight-sided pan and add very hot water.
Place all into a 350 degree oven and bake until the whites are set and the yolks are warm and liquid.
The time will vary depending on how many ramekins you are preparing.  Start checking for doneness after five minutes.  Remove from oven and serve.



  1. I love eggs! In fact I am eating an hard boiled egg on toast as I read. This looks perfect for dinner, possibly tomorrow night. Thanks! Bonnie

    p.s. can't wait to see the fruits of you labor! Bonnie

  2. Okay scratch "an" and change to "a":)

  3. I am an over hard on the eggs, girl. And I passed this ailment on to my kids. These eggs always look so delicious to me . . . but alas, I can only eat over hard.

    How exciting that your painting is done!


  4. I love eggs too, but can't do the soft yokes. It would probably totally ruin this recipe to cook them until fully cooked, wouldn't it? Looking forward to your room reveal!

  5. I love DIY paint projects, but, WOW, that was a lot of taping! Happy all turned out as you wanted!

    Thanks for the egg recipe. I'd tried something similar a while back, but instructions hadn't mentioned the water my eggs had tasted rubbery - thanks for the tip, and for this recipe - it looks delicious!

  6. no swimming by the dogs, they are scared of the pool. we like that, our other dog got in it all day long and had to be dried off each time he went out. beautiful photo of the egg dish

  7. Good to see there is progress in your painting:)
    And dish liek this is great:)

  8. That sounds delicious! It has some of my favorite ingredients. I always put mushrooms and spinach in my omelets. This sounds good enough to eat for dinner.

  9. Egg LOVERS here too.. You have no idea..These sound wonderful and the photo is so appetizing:)

    Can't wait to see the paint job:)

  10. We love eggs, Bonnie, but truly don't eat many of them these days... Your recipe looks neat though...

    Hope you all are doing well.

  11. I chuckled at your first paragraph, the only thing you left out of the taping was... and a partridge in a pear tree:@) The eggs sound great-enjoy:@)

  12. Oh my goodness glory this looks delicious. We always splurge on eggs Saturday mornin' breakfast.

    Next Saturday is gonna be special!

    God bless ya and have a marvelous day sweetie!!! :o)

  13. The eggs look great! pics of the newly painted living room????

  14. I just got myself a set of ramekins so I could make dishes like this for company brunch. (Already, I'm thinking of Christmas menus!) This will be perfect. Saved.

  15. Congrats on finishing the painting. Taping all of the windows and doors is the part I just dread!

    This dish sounds wonderful and it is a great company idea-- I like how you can use all kinds of different ingredients- its so versatile!

  16. So funny -- I just saw the coolest little cocotte dishes by Le Creuset at Sur La Table the other day.

    Now I wish that I'd bought them! I used to make shirred eggs in these classic dishes, but they were such a pain to clean that I finally got rid of them --

  17. Ooooh! Can't wait to see the reveal!! And, thank you for this recipe! Love it! blessings ~ Tanna

  18. That sounds (and looks!) so delishl After all your hard work I'm looking forward to seeing piccies of the new decoration.
    Doesn't it always smell so fresh and clean when it's done and you get such a great feeling of satisfaction.
    Hugs June xx

  19. I love baked eggs. I made something similar last weekend.

  20. I really love your egg recipes; like I told you I often serve them for dinner so thank you for adding to my collection.

  21. These eggs look wonderful!!! Only one coat? You really must have bought super paint!!! Can't wait to see the new walls!!! Don't forget to include an old picture so we can compare side by side and don't have to go hunting for your post of awhile ago.

  22. I enjoy baked eggs often. Your version looks delicious.

    Congrats on the new paint job. I know that is a lot of work.


  23. boy does that egg dish look amazing and I have never heard of those terms before. Where have I been living huh? Anyway, I am a any way I can get them eggs kinda girl. My favorite though is scrambled

  24. THIS LOOKS FAB! Now if I had some chickens, just think how fresh eggs would be with it.

    A trip to the farmers market is in order.

  25. Love eggs and these look amazing!sounds delicious! gloria

  26. This looks soooo good, but I am one of thode freaky people who likes her eggs D-U-N-DONE. If anything starts to run, so do I. Think this will change with age? I eat artichokes now, and I am almost 50 ;-)

  27. It makes a pretty photo; love the color...however, I am another of those who cannot abide a runny yolk I'm afraid. But thank you for sharing this recipe because I've never known what shirred eggs look like and wondered how they were prepared. I know I'd really enjoy this recipe even with overcooked eggs!

  28. This is certainly a presentation that lazy brunch me would love to get going at my next get together. Thanks for the tip about the water bath...I would imagine the difference is quite important.

    Bonnie, glad you finally finished the difficult job of painting...can't wait for the outcome photos ;o)

    Have a great weekend,

  29. Love the idea of cooking them in a water bath, Bonnie! Looks like a wonderful morning treat.
    Glad you got the lr painted. What a job!

  30. This looks delicious and is so pretty. I must try it...we eat eggs a lot. I wonder if this would work with poached eggs added to whatever beneath....but hard to get all done on time I'm thinking...

  31. Those do sound wonderful with all of those goodie options to add to the recipe.

    Hope we get to see the new paint!

  32. This is great for a large group and is also perfect for one person. I love eggs prepared this way.I'm looking forward to seeing your painted room, Bonnie.

  33. I admit to seldom thinking of using eggs...except in something else.

    The picture is beautiful and teases my senses to "branch out a bit!"

    Thanks for nudging me to think beyond what I have known. : )


  34. Yum! I saw this in the Trib. It looks and sounds delicious. I could eat eggs every day prepared about any way. Do you believe this great weather we're having now? Should've had it in June. lol!

  35. Love, love, love the new paint color. That Daphne green is gorgeous and am looking for something like that as well. Thanks for sharing the name and brand. The shirred eggs look pretty spectacular as well. I have a great $100 Amazon gift card give away on my blog today if you have time to pop by. Take care!

  36. Great dish.Love the pumpkin on one of teh pics.And love the colour sheme in your place;)


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