Every once in a while you want for something beautiful and delicate and elegant - something that makes you feel cared for and deeply nourished.
Here's a secret: Often, the most elegant and deeply nourishing cooking is also wonderfully simple and uncomplicated. The key then is to focus on the quality of ingredients, because that's what can really make (or break) your dish. Things like pasture-raised eggs, rich in vitamins and carotenes, or wild-caught salmon, full of B vitamins and omega-3 fatty acids, are not only a more powerful source of nutrition than farmed alternatives, but they also offer better flavor as well. And who doesn't love good flavor coupled with good nutrition?
Baked Eggs with Smoked Salmon Recipe
- 4 teaspoons butter
- 4 ounces smoked wild-caught salmon
- 2 tablespoons tarragon leaves
- 4 eggs
- ½ cup heavy cream
- coarsely ground real salt
- Heat the oven to 350 F, and then butter the mini cocottes. Set a kettle on the stove to boil.
- Crumble an ounce of the smoked salmon into each of the cocottes. Top the salmon with tarragon leaves, and then crack an over the salmon and tarragon into each cocotte.
- Spoon 2 tablespoons heavy cream over the eggs, and sprinkle them with a pinch of flaky sea salt.
- Place them into a baking dish, and cover the cocottes with their lids. If you're using ramekins, cover them with foil. Pour enough hot water into the baking dish so that it reaches half-way up the sides of the cocotte.
- Transfer the baking dish to the oven, and allow the eggs to bake, undisturbed, until the whites are set, but the yolks are still runny - about fifteen minutes. Remove them from the baking dish, uncover, and serve immediately.