Forever Nigella: Herbed Oeuf en Cocotte

After the great week I had blog-wise, I wanted to celebrate with a special breakfast this weekend. Enter Nigella Lawson’s oeuf en cocotte, or baked egg. Nigella’s version involves an organic egg baked in a buttered ramekin with cream for 15 minutes in a water bath. The decadence comes from a few droplets of white truffle oil (Nigella’s recommendation), but I used black truffle oil instead. I also added chopped organic thyme and rosemary during the last five minutes of baking and used one piece of multigrain toast for delicious and healthy “spoons” to scoop out the velvety, aromatic egg. This recipe can be found in Nigella Express.

You can still post for February’s Forever Nigella until the 28th. The format each month is “choose-your-own” recipe. See the (very few) rules for participating at the official Forever Nigella page at Sarah’s Maison Cupcake, who is also February’s host!

49 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Food,Photography & France
    Feb 12, 2012 @ 08:23:49

    Nice recipe – very sexy egg shot.

  2. Lisa {Smart Food and Fit}
    Feb 12, 2012 @ 08:25:17

    I”m heading over there now! Mmm, I’m hungry just looking at this photo!

  3. mary
    Feb 12, 2012 @ 08:47:08

    Sounds wonderful – I love recipes involving eggs – so delicious and inexpensive – minus the truffle oil of course!
    Mary x

  4. Ronda
    Feb 12, 2012 @ 08:51:33

    That makes me almost want to try an egg with runny yolks! (“Almost” is high praise here; for runny yolks are really not my thing.)

  5. Krissy
    Feb 12, 2012 @ 09:00:28

    Very fancy breakfast. Hubby would like this…loves eggs and runny yolks. Nice idea.

  6. Just A Smidgen
    Feb 12, 2012 @ 09:03:32

    I don’t need to go to see Nigella’s, I don’t think she could improve on yours:) I love your photos and would love to try this (minus the truffle oil for my kids). Ok, I guess I have to go over there to get the recipe;) But I still think your photos are the best, love the toast “spoons”:)

  7. Audrey Allure
    Feb 12, 2012 @ 09:15:11

    Mmm that looks delicious!

  8. Confessions of a Culinary Diva
    Feb 12, 2012 @ 09:26:15

    I’m not a runny egg person, but I have to say that these tempt me to try again – especially with the truffle oil! Great photos, love the one of the bread dipping into the egg!

  9. Ei
    Feb 12, 2012 @ 09:30:16

    Oooh. I’ve never seen an egg cooked like that. Very intriguing!

  10. Geni - Sweet and Crumby
    Feb 12, 2012 @ 09:44:40

    That looks like the most perfectly cooked egg EVER! I would love this breakfast and your addition of fresh organic herbs sounds like the perfect way to balance the richness of the cream. So very yummy.

  11. Asmita
    Feb 12, 2012 @ 09:54:42

    So perfect for breakfast. Sounds very exotic with the truffle oil too. Got to make this one for sure. Thanks for sharing.

  12. saffronandhoney
    Feb 12, 2012 @ 10:17:29

    Wonderful recipe – I love eggs en cocotte πŸ™‚

  13. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide
    Feb 12, 2012 @ 11:15:46

    Aren’t eggs the greatest. I just made my first ever souffle. These look delicious.

  14. Kelly @ Inspired Edibles
    Feb 12, 2012 @ 11:39:58

    What a great recipy Yummy. My mom, a French Canadian, used to make us something very similar with sliced bread for dipping… nice memories πŸ™‚

  15. Liz
    Feb 12, 2012 @ 12:41:52

    You are so good about keeping up with all these bake alongs! I need to look over Nigella’s recipes again and join in. My hubby would love these eggs πŸ™‚

  16. C
    Feb 12, 2012 @ 13:10:21

    This is better than fabulous. Yummy and Nigella make a good pair.

  17. Janet Rudolph
    Feb 12, 2012 @ 14:11:50

    Oh Yummy… and easy. truffle oil, always good to go easy on it.

  18. Norma Chang
    Feb 12, 2012 @ 14:40:02

    Beautiful photos. adding organic thyme and rosemary, great ideas. Easy yet healthy and delicious recipe.

  19. Anna @ the shady pine
    Feb 12, 2012 @ 14:59:52

    Oooh I’m so pleased to say I’ve made this before and it was divine….yummy breakfast indeed!

  20. spicegirlfla
    Feb 12, 2012 @ 15:32:46

    Darn, I wish I had read this earlier as I’d have loved this for Sunday breakfast!! Okay, next week its on my menu plans!

  21. Betty
    Feb 12, 2012 @ 15:39:42

    What a lovely, decadent breakfast- perfect for a Sunday morning (or evening, if you’re like me and love breakfast for dinner!) πŸ™‚

  22. Alice
    Feb 12, 2012 @ 16:30:40

    it sounds great! πŸ™‚

  23. Three-Cookies
    Feb 12, 2012 @ 16:58:16

    I haven’t tried eggs made this way with cream. Must be good, for sure

  24. Hotly Spiced
    Feb 12, 2012 @ 18:59:06

    Now that just looks too good! Love the image of the toast solider being dipped in the egg. So delicious. I’m definitely going to be making these. What a great way to start the day.

  25. Vianney
    Feb 12, 2012 @ 19:24:22

    Omg. how fab.. Congrats again on a great week.

  26. Stefanie
    Feb 12, 2012 @ 20:11:43

    That looks great!! I keep meaning to try baked eggs… they just look too good to pass up!! And with the herbs and truffle oil…. yummy!!

  27. Grumpy Grateful Mom
    Feb 12, 2012 @ 20:23:04

    Beautiful dish! Much fancier than the hole-in-the-walls I usually make. πŸ™‚ I need to get some truffle oil–I’ve never tried any kind before.

  28. filingawaycupcakes
    Feb 12, 2012 @ 22:27:08

    I have seen a lot of baked eggs lately, but I love that yours seems so simple and simply good. I think I will give this recipe a try.

  29. kitchen flavours
    Feb 12, 2012 @ 23:06:01

    Love baked eggs especially with crispy toast! Looks wonderful and now I’m so craving for some!

  30. TrafficDiva
    Feb 13, 2012 @ 05:26:21

    You have truly been holding out on me! I love breakfast dishes and I truly love a great egg dish. This is true perfection…I can’t pronouce it, but I have no problems eating it. Only you, Yummy….fresh herbs, truffle oil, edible “spoons”–LOVE IT!!!!…you’re a kitchen mad scientist! =)

  31. Baker Street
    Feb 13, 2012 @ 06:03:11

    This is one of my favorite Nigella recipes! Your pictures look lovely.

  32. Andi Winslow
    Feb 13, 2012 @ 06:31:12

    Picture is very nice, and I could eat eggs every day……….Happy for last week for you……..andi

  33. Kristen
    Feb 13, 2012 @ 08:46:34

    I love using truffle oil. It gives such a nice flavor to dishes. Your eggs look perfect!

  34. Elaine
    Feb 13, 2012 @ 09:48:16

    Making soldiers was a great idea to eat these eggs with. Looks delicious!

  35. Ameena
    Feb 13, 2012 @ 10:56:34

    I wish I was eating this right now instead of a protein shake. I need a breakfast intervention!

  36. sara
    Feb 13, 2012 @ 11:48:02

    Um, YUM! This looks amazing, the perfect breakfast dish. I love gooey egg yolks! πŸ™‚

  37. Chris and Amy
    Feb 13, 2012 @ 11:56:54

    A pretty little perfect breakfast!

  38. Cakelaw
    Feb 13, 2012 @ 14:56:45

    Yum! I would like that for breakfast right now.

  39. katyarich
    Feb 13, 2012 @ 15:47:49

    wow…looks so yummy….and great breakfast!!!!!

  40. Purely.. Kay
    Feb 13, 2012 @ 16:01:01

    Just look at how wonderful this looks. WOW. I am definitely hungry and wondering what to eat for dinner because of this post πŸ™‚

  41. Tasty Mayhem
    Feb 13, 2012 @ 18:40:59

    Double like! Wondering if I can make it without the cream while I’m not eating dairy…have to think on that, not sure that coconut milk will really cut it for this one, but maybe…and with a side of steamed veggies…mmmmm.

  42. thu
    Feb 13, 2012 @ 18:56:52

    ohh truffle oil! that sounds divine! I am on a diet this month – might be a good idea not to visit your blog and see all these goodies!

  43. kyleen
    Feb 13, 2012 @ 20:40:47

    I’m not a huge fan of baked eggs, probably because I don’t like them runny, but oh my, this looks mouth watering. Especially when you describe the herbs and cream and truffle oil that goes into it!

  44. ryan
    Feb 13, 2012 @ 21:40:48

    Congrats on being a Foodista featured blogger! Can’t wait to see your new FB site too. πŸ™‚ This looks so comfy and yummy but also decadent with the truffle oil! Perfect comfort food!!

  45. Gursahiba @ Exquisite Niche
    Feb 14, 2012 @ 02:59:56

    This picture looks inviting! But somehow I cant see the recipe could you help me out!

  46. JasmyneTea
    Feb 14, 2012 @ 05:35:57

    Looks great! Always looking for new ways to make breakfast πŸ™‚

  47. Amy (Savory Moments)
    Feb 14, 2012 @ 05:55:10

    I love a baked egg – it is such a simple, yet satisfying breakfast. Plus, there are endless ways to change it up with herbs, veggies, cheese, etc. Looks great!

  48. Inger Wilkerson
    Feb 14, 2012 @ 19:44:39

    I luuuuv baked eggs. Deceptively easy and a great way to get in an early morning veggie. But even better with truffle oil I imagine!

  49. Sarah, Maison Cupcake
    Feb 15, 2012 @ 07:43:53

    This looks so comforting, I would love to eat this right now (poorly!). Thanks for taking part in Forever Nigella – the Linky Tool is back now. xx

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