Eggs en Cocotte with Couscous

James Carrier

Notes: The diameter of the ramekins makes this dish work; if the baking dish is wider than suggested, the cream won't well up over the eggs.

Yield: Makes 6 first-course servings
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Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 304
  • Calories from fat: 62%
  • Protein: 14g
  • Fat: 21g
  • Saturated fat: 11g
  • Carbohydrate: 15g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Sodium: 215mg
  • Cholesterol: 267mg


  • 1/2 pound mushrooms
  • 1 tablespoon butter or margarine
  • 1/2 cup fat-skimmed chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup couscous
  • Salt
  • 3/4 cup whipping cream
  • 6 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup shredded fontina or gruyère cheese
  • Fresh-grated nutmeg


  1. 1. Rinse mushrooms; trim and discard discolored stem ends. With a knife or in a food processor, finely chop mushrooms. Put mushrooms and butter in a 10- to 12-inch frying pan over medium-high heat. Cover and stir occasionally until juicy, about 3 minutes. Uncover and stir often over high heat until mushrooms are lightly browned, about 15 minutes.
  2. 2. Add broth and couscous to mushrooms; stir, cover, and remove from heat. Let stand 10 minutes. Stir couscous and season to taste with salt. Use hot or cool. If making up to 2 hours ahead, cover and let stand at room temperature; stir with a fork before using. Spoon couscous mixture equally into 6 ramekins (2 3/4 to 3 in. wide, 1 3/4 to 2 in. deep).
  3. 3. In a bowl with a mixer on high speed, whip cream until it holds soft peaks. Spoon cream equally into ramekins. Break 1 egg onto cream in each ramekin, then sprinkle equally with cheese. Sprinkle nutmeg lightly over cheese. Set ramekins slightly apart in a rimmed pan (9 by 13 or 10 by 15 in.).
  4. 4. Bake in 450° regular or convection oven until yolks are softly set (press gently with tip of a spoon to test), 8 to 10 minutes, or until firm, 12 to 14 minutes. Serve with spoons. Add salt to taste.
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