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Baked Egg Breakfast; Not Just For the Early Riser

“Only dull people are brilliant at breakfast.” ~Oscar Wilde

I am not by nature a morning person, I love the late, late hours of quiet and darkness. Odd considering I am by nature afraid (or fascinated/in awe) of the dark. 

In my ‘younger’ days I spent a decade working shift work. I loved knocking off at 4am and spending the early morning hours quietly alone at home. I also loved being able to sleep 8-10 (or more) hours without the need for an alarm clock. I am one of those people who takes awhile to wake up, not being able to really function until post coffee consumption. At the turn of noon hour however, I can string a sentence together. Sometimes.

I have always been baffled at those that rise early and can just kick off the second their feet hit the floor. Unlike Oscar, I don’t necessarily think the early riser is ‘dull’, I think they’re smart. As time goes by I now realise how beautiful the early hours are, retraining the night owl habit has become my intention.  

The best part about morning? Breakfast. 

I got the idea for this baked breakfast from Sash of inked in colour. I am partial to eating breakfast anytime of the day so this dish won’t only make an appearance in my kitchen before noon. The beauty of this dish is you can load it up with whatever you like – throw in your favourite herbs, add beans or sausage, add some spice or chilli – this breakfast is definitely not dull!

Ingredients // serves 2

2 tbs butter

1 medium onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

6-8 mushrooms, halved

2 tomatoes, diced

1 tsp ground paprika

¼ tsp cumin

Handful spinach

50g feta

4 eggs

Olive oil

Sea salt and cracked pepper

Fresh coriander, parsley or basil

 

Method:

Preheat oven to 200C.

Melt butter in ovenproof frying pan, sauté onion and garlic until fragrant. Add mushrooms and stir for 2 minutes to coat mushrooms. Add tomatoes paprika and cumin, cook for a few minutes until thickens. Add spinach and stir until just wilted, take off heat.

Make wells in mixture and crack egg into each well. Season with salt and pepper and scatter feta over the top.

Bake in preheated oven for 12-15 minutes until egg whites are cooked.

Drizzle with olive oil and garnish with lashings of your favourite herbs. Serve with crusty bread.

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  • Your One and Only Loving mother! - I LOVE THE PHOTO OF THE TOMATO, GREAT SHOT. I often think of cooking somethng like this but never do. Must try it tomorrow.ReplyCancel

  • Sandy | Hungry Again? - I think your site is going to be my go-to cookbook for a long while to come! You echoed my thoughts completely, especially about the love-hate relationship with the night…ReplyCancel

  • Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious - Now this is a breakfast I can definitely get onboard with! And gorgeous photos – PINNED!ReplyCancel

  • Caitlin - I am a morning person, but sometimes I wish I could make myself stay up later! The grass is always greener I guess…I love breakfast anytime and this looks delish. must try it!ReplyCancel

  • shannon - Peggy, let me just say: i’m up way too early. Definitely too early to be made hungry by food posts, but this one? this one has me wanting to bang pans about while it’s still dark out. It looks incredible, and i want to make it for myself right now.ReplyCancel

  • Peggy Saas - Yes you must try it Mum, simple and full of healthy deliciousness! Do it!ReplyCancel

  • Peggy Saas - Oh thank you Sandy, that’s so lovely. Thanks for stopping by and please hang around.ReplyCancel

  • Peggy Saas - Thank you so much Chung-Ah for sharing my photos. I must admit, it was a great breakfast and one that will be making a regular appearance in my kitchen for sure. Thanks again.ReplyCancel

  • Peggy Saas - Gosh I would swap with you Caitlin, if even just for a night here and there. I always aim to sleep early but I get a burst of energy in the evening and wind up staying up late. I’m working on it, I do love the early mornings so it’s a great incentive.

    Thanks for saying hello. :)ReplyCancel

  • Peggy Saas - haha That’s gorgeous Shannon, the image of banging pans in the dark made me smile. I think you should make it for yourself, I don’t think it’s ever really too early for a good hearty breakfast.ReplyCancel

  • Rena - My husband and I made this this morning and it’s not just a pretty picture!! It is such a flavourful dish and is such a fun one to share. I like my eggs a little runny so next time I will bake for less time. Thanks for the recipe!!ReplyCancel

  • Peggy Saas - You’re welcome Rena. I like my yolks a little runny too so next time I will bake for less. I think once you see the whites appear cooked you could take it out of the oven. The beauty of this dish is you can add whatever you like and it’s such a quick and easy way to have a healthy breakfast.

    Thanks for letting me know you tried it, very nice to hear.ReplyCancel

  • Jairo Betancourt - Sir, youe eggs do look real fine and the smeel is glorious, but, there seems to be a but to every thing.My but. Eggs Benedict, are not to be ignored.ReplyCancel

  • Martine @ Chompchomp - Oh it’s 630 am on a Sunday and a normal person should still be in bed….waking up to these scrumptious photos has sold me! Its baked eggs from breakfast!ReplyCancel

  • Peggy Saas - Thanks Jairo, I agree. Eggs Benedict are my favourite too!ReplyCancel

  • Peggy Saas - Since when are we normal anyway Martine?! Rise and shine and bake those eggs! Enjoy, I hope you have a lovely Sunday.ReplyCancel

  • Carrie Gillette - What a great recipe. My kids are not fans of a traditional breakfast. This is a dish they will love. The different variations are spinning wildly in my head. Thanks!!!ReplyCancel

  • Peggy Saas - You’re welcome Carrie, thanks for giving it a whirl. The variation options are endless, enjoy!ReplyCancel

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  • Baked Breakfast with Eggs, Chorizo and Potatoes » cake crumbs & beach sand - […] breakfast is seriously flexible, I’ve made a similar baked breakfast before. For this one I wanted to try adding diced potatoes. As kids we ate boiled potatoes WITH […]ReplyCancel

  • Kerry - OMG Yum! I love baked eggs :)
    Your photos are great too!
    Check out this Spanish Baked Eggs Recipe which I think you would like.
    Thanks for Sharing
    KerryReplyCancel

    • Peggy Saas - Oooh that recipe looks delightful Kerry, thanks for sharing. Baked eggs are the best!ReplyCancel

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