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Thursday, March 3, 2011

Oeufs Cocotte (French oven-baked eggs)

Oeufs Cocotte (sometimes also called Oeufs en Cocotte) literally means "Chick eggs", "Cocotte" meaning "little chicken" and being a sort-of endearing term or an insult (depending on the context) addressed to girls :)). The English-speaking world usually calls it "Parisian shirred egg".
The recipe for this delicious baked egg is very basic: 2 tablespoons of cream, one egg, salt and pepper (the mandatory ingredients), plus optionally a little slice of ham, tomatoes, herbs, cheese or whatever tickles your fancy. 
We added goat cheese, parsley and cherry tomatoes to ours (loosely adapting a recipe from here) and served them with Home-made crackers (and we highly recommend using crackers, toasted bread pieces or grisini instead of spoons :D). 
As you can see, the recipe is very versatile and healthy. Try ours and feel free to make your own, almost every combination will be good for sure :)

More French goodies:
French onion soup.

Ingredients (serves 2):
  • 2 eggs
  • 150 g sour cream (5 tablespoons)
  • salt and freshly ground pepper (mixed colors)
  • 4 cherry tomatoes
  • 50 g goat cheese (not the crumbly type, the more "melty" type, we used goat Gouda cheese)
  • a handful of fresh parsley (15 g)
  • crackers or grisini sticks to serve
Prepare two little heat-proof bowls or ramekins. Divide the cream between them. 

Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Wash the parsley (reserving only the leaves) and tomatoes.

Using your fingers (goes faster than with a knife and it's gonna melt anyway) rip the cheese into little pieces on top of the cream, leaving some empty room in the middle (for the eggs):

Cut the tomatoes in half and arrange them around the cheese. Put some pepper in the center:

Break the eggs in the center and sprinkle salt and more pepper over them:

Sprinkle the parsley leaves on top (leaving the egg yolk uncovered):

Put in the oven and bake for 10 minutes if you like the yolk a bit runny or 15 minutes if you like it harder. Take it out:

It's ready, dig in! :)

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