Eggs Baked in Salsa

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.

joe sass, Lucas and 3 more people faved this
  • joe sass 4y

    Awesome! I will make this when I get back to the states and have an oven again. Great colors, what a wonderful still life.
  • Katie Hansen 4y

    Great composition!
  • Leslie Garcia 4y

    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.
  • Dennis Wilkinson 4y

    joe sass Katie Hansen Thanks!
    Leslie Garcia That sounds wonderful! (But, yeah, a bit off the diet scale…)
  • James McCabe 4y

    Great photo...and I think you just changed my breakfast forever.
  • Cheryl Carse 4y

    Oh man, that looks good!
  • Dennis Wilkinson 4y

    James McCabe Cheryl Carse Thanks!
    James McCabe How'd your batch come out?
  • James McCabe 4y

    Dennis Wilkinson 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.
  • Peter Lee 4y

    Beautifully arranged, and the colors are gorgeous! Sounds really delicious, too.
  • Dennis Wilkinson 4y

    Peter Lee 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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