Runny Eggs

On our 3rd date, my husband and I went out to brunch.  I am a sucker for a combo, and used to be able to eat a lot more than I can now, so I had the lumberjack breakfast (pancakes, sausage, potatoes, eggs, and lots of coffee!).  I always order my eggs over medium, and use whatever food is at hand to sop up the liquid yolk.  My then-date caught me cleaning the plate with a bite of pancake and went rather apoplectic.  I thought that was the last date, but he soldiered through his disgust and here we are, 6 years later.  The runny egg debate continues.  So you can imagine his hesitation when I suggested baked eggs for brunch one Sunday.

I promised I would bake his serving until the yolk was firm, and he agreed to give it a try.


2 tablespoons olive oil
1 onion, halved and thinly sliced
1 red bell pepper, seeded and thinly sliced
1 yellow bell pepper, seeded and thinly sliced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tablespoon tomato paste
Salt and pepper
12 large eggs
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan


1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Mist 6 shallow (approximately 12-oz.) baking dishes with cooking spray. Place on a large baking sheet.

2. Warm oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and peppers; cook, stirring often, until softened but not browned, about 10 minutes. Add garlic and sauté 1 minute longer. Stir in tomato paste and 1 Tbsp. water. Taste and season with salt and pepper.

3. Divide vegetable mixture among baking dishes. Crack two eggs into each dish; sprinkle with cheese and season with salt and pepper. Bake until egg whites are set but yolks are still runny, about 15 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes before serving to allow yolks to firm up a little.

I actually stayed pretty close to the original recipe here, except that I made 1- egg servings for us and a 2-egg serving for Client. I used red onion, sliced vertically, and baked the eggs until they were hard-cooked (against my better judgment).  Husband said the dish was good and he would eat it again!  I would bake mine for less time and serve it with biscuits or baguette slices to mop up the runny goodness.

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Happy first date anniversary to my husband!  It’s been a great 6 years, and I wouldn’t trade a minute of it!


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