The weekend is nearly here and for many of us, that means time to sit down to a leisurely breakfast with a bit more flare than we often enjoy throughout the week. May I suggest these rather elegant Indian-Style Baked Eggs Florentine to share with your loved ones? Or go solo as you won’t feel alone with these beauties gracing your table. Keep this one in mind for a special Easter brunch.
Eggs Florentine is one of those breakfast classics that have inspired countless variations upon the simple theme of a cooked egg topped with a savoury sauce served on a small bed of cooked spinach. They really take very little time to prepare, even if you opt to serve with lightly spiced but beautifully fragrant creamed spinach that forms the Indian-style base of these Eggs Florentine. The spinach can be made the night before, but even so, it takes only 20 minutes to prepare and cook to include in the dish. It’s the weekend besides, and time to take your time.
Indian-Style Baked Eggs Florentine
- 1 cup [highlight]spiced creamed spinach[/highlight]
- 8 large eggs
- sea salt
- fresh ground black pepper
- 4 oz sharp old Cheddar, thinly sliced
- 1/4 cup bread crumbs
Lightly grease 8 ramekins or custard cups with butter and preheat the oven to 350°. Place the ramekins on a baking tray.
Spoon 2 tablespoons of the spiced creamed spinach in the bottom of each ramekin. Break an egg into a saucer or cup, and slide the egg into a prepared cup. Repeat with each of the remaining eggs, putting one egg into each ramekin. Sprinkle each cup with a little salt and fresh ground black pepper, and slide the baking tray into the oven. Bake for 12 minutes.
Remove the tray from the oven and carefully lay slices of the cheddar cheese on top of each egg. Sprinkle the tops with 1/2 tablespoon of bread crumbs and a pinch of cayenne, and return the tray to the oven. Bake for 5 minutes longer, until the egg whites are set, and up to 10 minutes if you prefer the yolks to be set as well. The cheese should be bubbling, and the bread crumbs browned.
Carefully transfer the ramekins to a plate and serve with a fork or spoon.
Makes 8 servings
Certainly you will also enjoy [highlight]Cheddar and Mushroom Shirred Eggs[/highlight].