Delicious and easy to make, this easy baked eggs recipe with cheese and smoked ham will up your breakfast game.
I’m not sure if it is me living vicariously through my kids, but over the last few months, I have been subtly (blatantly) been getting my kids accustomed to hearing other languages. Specifically French and German. It is not because I am fluent in either, far from it. Partly it is because I wish I were fluent, but also because I have really come to love visiting those countries (Austria too!).
While I know that most of our family trips overseas will always be to Nova Scotia, with Europe so close I am determined to ensure my kids get to experience different countries and cultures. Yes, the food, but also the language. That is why I have managed to earn the ire of D recently for switching the language in Netflix to French. He calls it annoying, I call it immersive. We disagree.
In any case, with the holiday season ending, it reminded me of one trip myself and D took pre-kids to Paris. There is something lovely about walking the streets of Paris, it is a great mixture of quaint and opulence side by side. The markets, well they are very French. At some point during this winter trip, we sat down at a Brasserie and ordered some lunch. Given I had been walking for a whole morning I ordered some baked eggs. This simple and easy baked eggs recipe was amazing. Thick ham, buttery eggs with some good French cheese mixed in. I devoured the whole pot.
This simple and easy baked eggs recipe was amazing.
When I came back home I was intent on recreating this dish, and it has been a go-to French comfort food ever since. As there are so few ingredients, the key is to get top quality of each. The best eggs, the best thick cut ham, the best hard cheese, and even the best butter.
Plus this baked eggs recipe is so easy to prepare. You start with a casserole pot with a lid (also known as a Dutch Oven) and butter the inside. Then you layer your ham slices with some shredded cheese (I went with a mixture of cheddar and gruyere), followed by cracking in some fresh eggs. Bake it for 8-12 minutes and voila! An easy baked eggs recipe, ready to serve.
Now a few years ago I bought some mini dutch ovens to go with my bigger ones for meals. If you’re looking to invest, I have to say Le Creuset is a brilliant option. However, it’s worth looking around to find one that works for your kitchen. They are an absolute staple in our household.
As an added bonus, both Thing 1 and 2, and even D gobbled these down when they get them on their plate. The immersion is starting to work!
Drinks – Some milk or tea
Music – Get on some classical and look at that copy of a Monet to feel a bit more French!
Cheesy easy baked eggs recipe
- 6 Free range eggs
- 100 g Smoked ham
- 50 g Shredded cheese Like cheddar or gruyere
- 25 g butter
- Heat oven to 220C (200C fan). Take a casserole dish and use the butter to grease the inside.
- Layer the ham, then sprinkle half the cheese over top. Create a couple of spots to nessle in the eggs, and crack the eggs into those spots. Top with the remaining cheese. Place this in the oven for 8-10 min - you want the whites to be set and the yolk to be a bit runny. Serve immediately.