Saturday, December 7, 2013

Baked Eggs in Squash Rings (Paleo, Gluten-free)


There is a lot going on right now!  I have three final exams next week, holiday parties are starting to pop up everywhere, and I've decided to put together a little e-cookbook for my email subscribers (click here to subscribe to make sure you get it as soon as it comes out!).  Don't ask me why I started a new project right before finals week--I just couldn't help myself.  Once I think of a fun idea, I need to get started as soon as possible.

With so much happening, it's important to start the day off with a good, healthy breakfast.  This one is elegant enough for a weekend brunch, but simple enough to make any day of the week.  I don't know about you, but I think these squash-framed baked eggs are pretty much the most gorgeous thing ever.  They taste great, too!  Buy some squash today so you can make these tomorrow for Sunday brunch.  That's it from me--I'm off to study!



Ingredients (serves 3-4, depending on the size of your squash):

1 carnival or acorn squash, sliced crosswise into 3/4 inch-thick rings, seeds and pulp scraped out
Olive oil
3-4 large eggs (1 per slice of squash)
Salt and pepper to taste
Fresh herbs or freshly grated cheese (optional), for serving

Preheat the oven to 425 and line a baking sheet with tinfoil.  Spray the baking sheet lightly with cooking spray or coat with a little olive oil.  Place the prepared squash rings on the baking sheet, and brush the tops and insides with some olive oil.

Bake the rings for 20 minutes, then flip them over and return the baking sheet to the oven.  Have your salt and pepper handy, and prepare the eggs by cracking each one into its own bowl or cup.

Remove the baking sheet from the oven, and slide one egg into the middle of each squash ring.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper, and carefully return the pan to the oven.  A tiny bit of egg white may ooze out from the edge of the squash rings, but the pan should be hot enough to set the eggs fairly quickly and keep you from losing too much.

Bake for 8-12 more minutes, or until the whites are almost set and the yolks are almost done to your liking.  The eggs will continue to cook some after you remove the pan from the oven, so it's best to take the pan out when they are somewhat underdone.

Use a spatula to carefully transfer the squash & egg rings to plates and serve hot, topped with salt & pepper, herbs, and cheese as desired.


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6 comments:

  1. So pretty, so healthy so yummy! Saw this on Healthy Aperture!

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  2. Just tried this today and it's a winner! Suggestion though: with acorn squash, buy the smaller ones....the larger ones had very little pulp when sliced. The smaller ones could be cut in 3 with a slice off bottom to level.

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