Eggs en Cocotte with a Basque Piperade
- 2 cups water
- 2 tablespoons butter, softened
- 8 eggs
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1/4 cup cream
- 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan
- 1 1/2 ounces prosciutto (about 4 slices), cut in 1/4-inch strips
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 small onion, finely diced
- 1 red pepper, seeds and ribs removed, cut in 1/4-inch strips
- 1 green pepper, seeds and ribs removed, cut in 1/4-inch strips
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 (14 1/2-ounces) can diced, peeled tomatoes, drained
- 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes, optional
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil leaves
Special equipment: 4 (1-cup) capacity ramekins
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. In a small saucepan, bring 2 cups water to a boil.
Smear the bottom of each ramekin with the butter. For each serving, crack 2 eggs into a small bowl or dish, being careful not to break the yolks, then slide into a prepared ramekin. Season with the salt and pepper, drizzle with 1 tablespoon of the cream, and sprinkle with 1 tablespoon of the Parmesan. Set the ramekins into a medium-sized glass or ceramic baking pan, allowing at least 1 inch of space between dishes. Transfer to the bottom rack of the oven and pour the boiling water into the baking dish, being careful not to splash any hot water into the ramekins. Cover with a sheet of aluminum foil and bake 8 to 12 minutes, until the whites are set but the yolks are still soft and a bit runny. Prepare the piperade while the eggs are baking.
In a large skillet over medium heat, cook the prosciutto in the olive oil until beginning to crisp, then add the onion. Saute until lightly golden, then add the red and green pepper and cook until the strips just begin to soften. Add the garlic and cook 30 seconds to 1 minute, until fragrant, then add the tomatoes and red pepper flakes, if using. Allow the mixture to stew over medium-low heat until liquid has evaporated and the tomatoes are heated through. Check for seasoning and add salt and pepper. Off the heat, add the basil. Divide between the ramekins (you will have extra) and serve on a small plate, piping hot.
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Contains Raw Eggs: The Food Network Kitchen suggest caution in consuming raw and lightly cooked eggs due to the slight risk of salmonella or other food-borne illness. To reduce this risk, we recommend you use only fresh, properly refrigerated, clean grade A or AA eggs with intact shells, and avoid contact between the yolks or whites and the shell. For recipes that call for eggs that are raw or undercooked when the dish is served, use shell eggs that have been treated to destroy salmonella, by pasteurization or another approved method.
Recipe courtesy Amy Finley