Traditionally, shirred eggs are eggs cracked in a dish, topped with a splash of cream and a little parmesan and then baked until the whites are firm and the yolks are still a bit soft. I've enjoyed them over roasted carrots and leeks, mushrooms, sautéed spinach with a dollop of ricotta on top, chorizo and roasted sweet potato with a sprinkle of cotija, and so on. All equally delicious.
To get started for yourself, all you need is a few eggs, a splash of cream, and a little cheese of your choosing for a base. After that, how you personalize your shirred eggs is up to you.
Note: Use a flat baking dish, instead of a high sided or deep dish, to ensure the eggs cook evenly. I used a small cast-iron casserole dish, similar to this one. —Grant Melton
Preheat oven to 475° F, or as high as your oven will go.
Butter a 24-ounce dish, preferably cast-iron. Set aside.
Pour about a tablespoon of cream into the bottom of the dish and swirl it to cover the bottom. Scatter some filling into the bottom of the dish. Crack two eggs on top. Try the gets the yolks as close to the center as possible, they’ll cook more evenly that way. Season the top with a sprinkle of salt, pepper, and some finely grated cheese. Place into the oven for at least 10 minutes or until whites are solid and the yolks are cooking to your liking.
Remove from oven and garnish with chives. Serve while it’s hot and bubbly!
Grant Melton is an Emmy Award-Winning Producer of the Rachael Ray Show, food writer and recipe developer. He's a contributor to Food52, Food Network Kitchen and Rachael Ray Every Day Magazine. He loves cookies, cocktails and kindness.