Post # 85 Shirred Eggs, What the Heck Are Those?

January 16, 2013 at 12:37 PM | Posted in Uncategorized | 4 Comments

Shirring eggs refers to a technique for cooking eggs in the oven.  So, you can just as easily and correctly call them baked eggs.  They’re called Shirred eggs because that was the name of the dish they were traditionally cooked in about a century or so ago.  Well, maybe not that long, but a while back.  Nowadays, you can bake them in just about anything and still refer to them as shirred.  I only call them shirred eggs when I’m trying to either confuse or impress someone.  But here’s the scoop on them.

Baked eggs can be cooked as soft or as firm as you like.  The yolks can be hard or runny.  You can put as many eggs in the dish as it will hold, or you can cook a single egg.  The basic recipe is insanely easy, but the variations can be insanely complex.  Any way you prepare them, they are a very tasty and very nutritious addition to your kitchen notebook.

The basic recipe:

Preheat oven to 325.  Make certain the oven is preheated completely, do not put the eggs in a cold oven.  Gently crack one to three eggs into a lightly buttered ramekin or other baking dish.  Be careful not to break the yolks.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper to personal taste.  Spoon a tablespoon of milk or cream over the eggs to keep them from drying out.  Cook for ten minutes then check them for doneness.  Check every two minutes after that, being careful not to overcook.  The whites should be firm and set while the yolks should be only partially cooked and just beginning to set.  Serve immediately.

Baked Egg 01

Simple, right?

Now comes the fun ways to do them.  Try baking them in little tartlets.  Add crumbled bacon at the start of the cooking.  Sprinkle cheese after they come out of the oven.  Place them on a bed of cooked rice in the baking dish.  Place them on a bed of cooked greens, such as spinach, in the baking dish.  Add fresh herbs to the egg before cooking.  Make a bed of chopped ham and potatoes in a larger baking dish and nestle several eggs in small pockets to bake.

Here’s the most unusual way I’ve seen to bake egss.  Take a 12 inch pizza dough ball and spread it out on a round pan.  Put a medium white sauce over the dough, then add fresh herbs over them.  Add your favorite cooked breakfast meats such as sausage pieces, chopped ham, crumbled bacon, etc.  Add your favorite cheese.  Nestle several eggs in pockets around the pizza.  Bake until eggs are done.  Add more cheese and serve.

My favorite way to fix them is to make a bed of parmesan cheese, bacon bits, and cooked spinach in a 4-5 inch ramekin.  Spread the spinach mixture up the sides.  Break two eggs into the center of the bed and lightly salt and pepper.  Sprinkle a small amount of parmesan over the eggs and bake for twelve minutes or so until the eggs are done.  Serve immediatly with toasted bread of some sort.

Happy eating!


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