By MEAL FACTS
Eggs can be prepared in a plethora of ways. You can cook an egg in a variety of ways depending on the source of heat: poached, hard boiled, soft boiled, scrambled, fried, etc.
If you've never heard the term, "shirred eggs" simply means that they have been baked. oeufs in cocotte is the name of the French variant, which is slightly different because the eggs are cooked in a water bath.
How often have you recently baked an egg? This technique requires breaking an egg into a ramekin or breaking many eggs into a baking dish with a flat bottom, then baking the eggs until the whites are set and the yolks are beginning to firm up.
Before putting them in the oven, you can top them with cheese, butter, oil, and/or whatever seasoning you desire.
You're welcome to include an additional protein; I've had wonderful results with ham. When your shirred eggs are baked, you may top them with pretty much anything you have on hand, such fresh herbs or a fine olive oil.
The end result is a spoonable egg dish that you may eat on its own, but I prefer to serve mine with some toast that has been butter.
There's something about receiving your own tiny ramekin of eggs that changes how you view them, and the ramekins may be set with sides and garnishes.
If you enjoy meal planning, you may bake a batch of shirred eggs in individual ramekins or just break a dozen eggs into a larger baking dish; if you're feeling fancy, add some sliced bell peppers, mushrooms, and/or cheese.
The hands-off cooking aspect of shirred eggs is an extra bonus. No standing guard at the stove. You can begin making your coffee after the eggs are in the baking container.
For a quick recipe that only needs 10 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit, visit our sister site Lifehacker. If you'd like, you may bake the eggs in a toaster oven. I