Eggs Baked in Salsa

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    While I post a lot of pictures of baked goods, this is actually a lot more representative of the kinds of things I eat on a daily basis: eggs with a little cheddar cheese, baked in a puddle of salsa and served with corn tortillas and fruit. There was even a point as I've lost weight over the past few years that this was one of my go-to meals for dinner: it’s fast, tasty, and pretty low in calories (including tortillas, this is less than 400 calories).

    You can make this with pretty much any salsa. Homemade is great, but I typically stick with jarred stuff for this dish, since it's getting cooked and I'm usually going for convenience. I like the salsas that Rick Bayless turns out with his Frontera brand (this is the Guajillo variety).

    Ingredients

    2 large eggs
    1-2 tbl. shredded sharp cheddar cheese
    1/4 - 1/3 c. of salsa
    1 scallion, thinly sliced on a bias
    salt and pepper to taste

    Directions

    Preheat your oven to 375°F.

    Put enough salsa in the bottom of a ramekin or wide heatproof bowl (I use a 16 oz. ramekin) to come to a depth of about 1/4" or so. Crack the eggs into the center of the salsa, sprinkle on the cheese, add a little salt and pepper, and place in the oven. Bake for 15-20 minutes, until the egg white is set but the yolks are still a bit runny (keep a close eye on them, since the yolks will cook very quickly once the whites set).Top with the sliced scallion (you can substitute or add fresh herbs, too.)

    Makes 1 serving.

    I serve these with tortillas or a piece of crusty bread, with some citrus fruit or some sort of salad on the side.

    Joseph Sass, LucasAeon, mccabe_james, and 2 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. Joseph Sass 37 months ago | reply

      Awesome! I will make this when I get back to the states and have an oven again. Great colors, what a wonderful still life.

    2. Katie Marino 37 months ago | reply

      Great composition!

    3. Leslie S. Garcia 37 months ago | reply

      There is a dish served in many typical Mexican eateries with a very similar context called Huevos Compuestos. Each restaurant has their own version, but one that I love (and this is off the diet scale!) has a layer of refried beans, then a chorizo "gravy", lightly scrambled eggs on top of those, then diced ham, then a layer or a red salsa- then lots of Chihuahua cheese. It is a molten bowl of love. Served with seasonal fruits, fresh hot tortillas, fresh orange juice and a good cup of coffee.

    4. djwtwo 37 months ago | reply

      Thanks!
      That sounds wonderful! (But, yeah, a bit off the diet scale…)

    5. mccabe_james 37 months ago | reply

      Great photo...and I think you just changed my breakfast forever.

    6. lovestotravel:) 36 months ago | reply

      Oh man, that looks good!

    7. djwtwo 36 months ago | reply

      Thanks!
      How'd your batch come out?

    8. mccabe_james 36 months ago | reply

      Pretty good--definitely going to be doing that regularly.

      I need larger ramekins though...I only had 8 oz. sizes. Also, I used manchego cheese and double roasted salsa (both from Trader Joe's), which I recommend.

    9. Peter E. Lee 36 months ago | reply

      Beautifully arranged, and the colors are gorgeous! Sounds really delicious, too.

    10. djwtwo 36 months ago | reply

      Thanks! I'm going to have to give James' Trader Joe's suggestion a try myself (I keep forgetting that there's one close to the office.)

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