Baked Eggs Florentine ~ a simple but delicious dish of baked eggs with spinach. This satisfying low carb recipe makes an elegant breakfast, brunch, or cozy dinner.
Can I just say I love this recipe? And it’s so EASY ~ I saute some aromatics (garlic and shallot,) throw in the spinach just long enough for it to wilt, and pile it all into a gratin dish. I nestle in the eggs, drizzle them with cream, top with a shower of chopped tarragon, and slide it into the oven. When they come out I hit them with a handful of rustic toasted bread crumbs and more fresh herbs. Lots of fresh cracked pepper, too.
I love anything cooked “a la Florentine” ~ it just means in the style of Florence (Italy), and it involves sauteed spinach and some type of creamy sauce. In the US, you’ll often see eggs Florentine as a variation of Eggs Benedict, on a spinach topped English muffin drenched in HOLLANDAISE SAUCE.
In this case the ‘sauce’ is simply a little bit of cream. The idea of baking eggs in a little cream with herbs is very European, and I think it’s the height of effortless elegance.
It only takes about 15 minutes in the oven ~ the whites will set and the yolks will still be perfectly runny.
If you love baked eggs, try my RED PEPPER BAKED EGG GALETTES ~ they’re individual eggs baked in puff pastry ~ they make a fabulous presentation, but are super easy. I do a version with MUSHROOMS, too.
*This recipe comes from Williams Sonoma Taste
- 1 slice bread, torn into rough crumbs
- 3 Tbsp olive oil
- 2 tsp fresh thyme leaves
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 large shallot
- 5 ounce tub of baby spinach
- 4 large eggs
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1 Tbsp fresh chopped tarragon
- pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
- salt and black pepper
- Set oven to 375F
- Add a tablespoon of oil to a skillet and stir fry the bread crumbs for about 10 minutes until they are browned and crispy. Hit them with a little salt and pepper, and add the thyme. Set aside.
- Heat the remaining oil in the skillet and saute the garlic and shallot for a couple of minutes, stirring constantly. Add the spinach and stir until it wilts. Season with a pinch of salt.
- Put the spinach in the bottom of a gratin dish. Make four little indents for the eggs, and space them evenly around the dish.
- Crack an egg into each indent. Pour the cream around the eggs, and top with the tarragon. Sprinkle with salt and fresh cracked black pepper. Finish with a dusting of fresh nutmeg.
- Bake for 15 minutes, or until the whites are just set but the yolks are runny. Top with the breadcrumbs and more fresh herbs, if you like. Serve immediately.
- Ovens are notorious for cooking unevenly, so if yours has a hot spot, rotate your dish once during cooking.
- It’s best to stick to gratin style baking dishes for this recipe, if you want to cook for more, do it in multiple dishes. If you try to bake too many eggs in one large casserole, the ones in the center won’t get done.
- I use my classic oval gratin dish for so many things, it’s the perfect size for this egg dish. Many of the best brands are, not surprisingly, French. They come in all colors and sizes, but this 24 ounce capacity is pretty standard. Click on the image for more info.
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