Baked Eggs with Smoked Salmon, Arugula and Manchego

December 8, 2010

Author Notes: Serving a complete breakfast in a single dish makes it feel like a little present, complete with tasty, unexpected morsels buried beneath creamy, just-cooked eggs. They're also remarkably easy to make, which is a good thing right about now. theyearinfood

Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • 8 large eggs
  • 1.5 cups diced leeks, white and pale green parts only
  • 1.5 cups chopped arugula, plus a little extra for garnish
  • 4 ounces smoked salmon, cut into small cubes
  • 2/3 cup grated Manchego cheese, plus more for garnish
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil or butter
  • salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 4 8-ounce ramekins or oven-safe bowls
In This Recipe

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Warm a saute pan over medium-low heat. Add the oil or butter. When hot, add the leeks and saute until just soft, about 4 or 5 minutes.
  3. Turn heat off, but keep the leeks in the pan. Add the arugula and stir, allowing the greens to wilt.
  4. Grease the four ramekins. Divide the leek/arugula mixture evenly between them.
  5. Do the same with the salmon, adding about one ounce to each container in a thin layer over the greens.
  6. Next, divide the manchego amongst the four, also in a thin layer, over the salmon.
  7. Carefully crack two eggs into each ramekin, taking care to not break the yolk.
  8. Atop the eggs, sprinkle a touch more Manchego and finish with a few twists of the pepper mill.
  9. Place the ramekins on a shallow baking sheet and bake until the whites have set, about 12-15 minutes.
  10. When they are ready, let them rest for a couple minutes- they'll be too hot to eat immediately!
  11. Garnish with a little more chopped arugula and serve.
  12. Note: because the Manchego and the smoked salmon are both salty, err on the side of caution when adding salt. It may not need much at all!

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