6.27.2013

Baked and buttered eggs--the really easy way

I had never heard of baked buttered eggs until my wife and I read Jennifer McLagan's book Fat: An Appreciation of a Misunderstood Ingredient, with Recipes (some high points summarized in this post). Her recipe for baked eggs was the classic European recipe for eggs baked in ramekins in the oven. (I've found similar recipes on The Kitchn, the New York Times, and the Barefoot Contessa. The premise is simple, as said in the NYT piece: "Put one egg in a ramekin with almost any other ingredients you like, then bake it just until the white sets. That's pretty much it.")

The recipe in Fat was pretty simple--eggs, butter, chives or green onion, bacon, salt/pepper. All tasty, Paleo-friendly ingredients, and a great breakfast treat! But, sometimes we want breakfast to be even easier than that, and we've found a method that's even simpler and makes a really delicious easy breakfast protein.

With such tasty and healthy core ingredients (eggs, butter, sea salt), this is practically the perfect Paleo [fancy] egg recipe! The yolks come out runny, too, which is even better for you since the fat/cholesterol hasn't been oxidized which makes it available to your body to use instead of promoting inflammation. We Paleo/Bulletproof Diet folks love our runny yolks. (There is even a very popular Instagram hashtag for #yolkporn.)

So here's how we've made simple buttered eggs a couple times recently:


Baked Buttered Eggs Recipe

  • 4 ramekins
  • 4 eggs
  • 4 tbsp butter (we use Kerrygold grassfed cow butter)
  • Sea salt, pepper
Heat the oven to 350. Fill a large glass baking dish about halfway with water.

Lightly butter the ramekins. Carefully crack one egg into each, keeping the yolks whole. Plop 1 tbsp butter on top of each raw egg. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Put the ramekins into the baking dish filled with water. Bake 15 - 20 minutes. (Because of the melted butter, eggs may not look "done." Poke the white with a spoon--once it's firm, they are done.)

Serves 2. Yum! We like to eat with greens sauteed with bacon. The butter and egg combination is so delicious!

...and, eggs and butter are good for you!


Pastured Eggs:

Eggs are awesome because they're one of natures super foods! Eggs are one of the most nutrient dense foods on the planet, and according to Chris Kresser, "Eggs one of the most nutrient-dense foods available. One egg provides 13 essential nutrients, all in the yolk (contrary to popular belief, the yolk is far higher in nutrients than the white)." Check out Chris's article "Three eggs a day keep the doctor away" for the full scoop. If you're into Paleo thinking you know that the cholesterol in eggs is beneficial to our bodies and brains, and that eating cholesterol rich foods has not been shown to increase your blood cholesterol levels. To me, this makes eggs an essential part of the diet, and a seriously awesome food.

Grassfed Butter:

Butter (from grassfed cows) is not only a great treat, but it's one of the best foods for you! Compared to regular butter grassfed butter is loaded with omega 3's and conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), a compound that  helps your body build muscle rather than store fat! Among other benefits, such as delicious taste, grassfed butter is also chock full of vitamin D, E and K2. Check this article "Butter is Better for Your Brain...And Now Your Heart" for the complete rundown.

Sea Salt:

Sea salt is incredibly awesome. If you get natural salt, not the kind that's chemically produced in a lab, your getting the best salt taste along with a bunch of other minerals that are present. In my post A Typical Upgraded Paleo Diet Day (Part 1) I talk about how I make sure to get salt in the mornings to help balance my adrenals, and how Himalayan sea salt is the most mineral rich, purest salt in the world. I've since learned that salt plays a key role in maintaining your hydration in your body, so it's absolutely essential to life!

3 comments:

  1. this looks great! and it keeps the yokes runny, my favorite.

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  2. These are sooooo good. Hot butter, soft eggs... perfect!!

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  3. Howdy local paleo folks! Just read your post and will have to try your eggs this way! You wife was just over at my blog commenting on our similarities and Canoe Island. Wild! I'll have to visit more often!
    :D

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