Get your morning off to a great start: Baked eggs with salsa

by Abdul Wahab April 26, 2017

Get your morning off to a great start: Baked eggs with salsa

Many say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so why not make it something special? Eggs provide protein to help you power through your day, around six grams per large egg. Baked eggs with salsa is satisfying and healthy, with the kick of fresh tomato salsa.

The salsa makes these baked eggs delicious, with a great depth of flavor. Consider serving this dish as an alternative to heavy omelets or a labor-intensive quiche. Fresh tomato salsa otherwise known as pico de gallo or salsa fresca combines the lively flavors of simple ingredients: tomatoes, onion, peppers and lime, which breathe new life into any dish, from eggs to poultry, corn to bread. Make it easy on yourself and buy jars of fresh organic salsa; it really does make a difference when you opt for high-quality products, especially in dishes that with so few ingredients.

Try baked eggs with salsa for breakfast this morning! This recipe serves two.

Preheat your oven to 400 °F. Spray a small ovenproof skillet or casserole dish with cooking spray or light oil.

Now, gather your ingredients:

½ cup salsa, as hot or mild as you like.

4 eggs

Kosher salt and freshly-ground black pepper, to taste

¼ cup chopped scallion or green onion, optional

¼ cup of your favorite shredded cheese

1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro to finish

Start by spooning Chef Nation salsa verde, pineapple habanero, or roasted tomato salsa into the casserole dish or pan, creating little wells in the center of the salsa with a wooden spoon. Create four equal-in-size nests for your eggs, which you will crack into these wells to bake. Now, sprinkle generously with the chopped onion, salt, and pepper- all optional, of course - and carefully move the dish to the oven. Bake for approximately 15-minutes or until your whites appears cooked. If you prefer less-runny yolks, leave in for a few extra minutes for firm yolks.

About a minute or two before fully cooked, pull the eggs out of the oven and sprinkle with the cheese. Bake a couple more minutes, until the cheese is melted. Remove from the oven and garnish with the fresh cilantro; you are ready to eat!

You can create many variations on this dish as well. Try baked eggs with Provencal herbs and aged Gruyere cheese for shirred eggs with a French twist. Buy local salsa for these baked eggs and try adding a couple dashes of hot sauce to your dish right on each egg before baking. Use more hot sauce when serving for those who want to start their day off with a kick. Serve this dish with crisp toast points buttered and sprinkled with a little chili powder, or try warming up flour tortillas for a culinary treat at breakfast, brunch or anytime you are in the food for the savory satisfaction that only eggs provide!

Abdul Wahab
Abdul Wahab


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