If you have never heard of a shirred egg before, you are not alone. Shirred eggs are simply baked eggs with the addition of cream, cheese and herbs. The beauty of the shirred egg is, one can bake many at a time, making this the perfect dish for any brunch. The yolks are creamy and luscious while the whites are just firm enough to use a fork.
As for perfection, I did attempt to find the magical time and temperature for the shirred egg. First I tried baking single eggs in ramekins, then I tried using water baths. Next I tried baking the eggs at 350 degrees and 375 degrees. After my experimentation was complete, I concluded: water baths are unnecessary, 375 degrees appears to be the best temperature and baking two eggs in the same dish cook more evenly then when cooked alone.
- 4 eggs
- 4 Tbsp of cream
- 2 Tbsp of shredded cheese
- 1 Tbsp of chopped herbs
- 1 Tbsp butter
- Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
- Take your butter and grease two ramekins. Place ramekins on a baking sheet.
- Crack two eggs into each ramekin. Divide the remainder of the ingredients into the two ramekins.
- Bake for a total of 18 minutes or until your desired egg is achieved.