Baked Eggs en Cocotte with Basil

Photo: Fredrika Stjärne

These baked eggs topped with melted butter are Piero Incisa della Rocchetta's go-to breakfast. The dish was also a favorite of his grandfather Mario, the founder of Italy's world-famous Sassicaia winery in Tuscany.

Yield: Makes 8 eggs
Total:
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Recipe Time

Total: 25 Minutes


Ingredients

  • 8 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 8 large eggs
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped basil
  • Buttered toasted whole wheat or white bread

Preparation

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Coat the bottoms and sides of eight 4-ounce ramekins with 1 teaspoon of olive oil each. Arrange the ramekins around the sides of a roasting pan and crack 1 egg into each one. Top each egg with 1/2 tablespoon of butter and season with salt and pepper. Pour enough boiling water into the roasting pan to reach halfway up the sides of the ramekins.
  2. Bake the eggs in the oven for about 15 minutes, turning the pan halfway through cooking, until the yolks are runny and the whites are just firm. Garnish the eggs with the chopped basil and serve right away with buttered toast.
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