Fontina & Spinach Baked Eggs with garlic brown butter breadcrumbs

by Mary & Christina on January 11, 2013 · 2 comments

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Friday at last!!!  For some reason, this week felt like it DRAGGED on and on and on. This week was pretty boring…working, studying, working out, cooking, cleaning, same old same old.  Butttttt I DID go to a Mary Kay Party!!! My friend Lauren hosted it at her apartment on Tuesday so my oldest sister, Danielle, and I went. It was a lot of fun.  Lauren had a bunch of good food to munch on and we gave ourselves a “facial” with the products the director brought over, played games to win prizes and so on.  Danielle and I both ended up dropping some dough for new products and I  I am going to host my own Mary Kay party too!!  Such a sucker, I know, I know…but my friend is thinking about a becoming a consultant and my party would be  her first party she worked so that would be fun!  I am interested to see how I will like Mary Kay…Have you ever tried any Mary Kay products?

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I am VERY happy it is finally Friday!!  I am just going to have a relaxing Friday…which I am actually pretty excited about. Sometimes its nice to NOT have plans.  My boyfriend is coming home this weekend (he has been away on a rotation) and of course I really want to see him but his brother is going back to college soon and they wont see each other till May (I think?) so I figured I’d let them have a nice “bro” night doing whatever it is they do and I’d see him the next day.  I’m just planning on going to yoga, making dinner with my sister & her fiance, relaxing, and studying (so I can have fun tomorrow!).  My sister saw that Severino Pasta in Westmont, NJ offers a Pizza Deal every Friday night…. it includes: pizza dough ball, container of pizza sauce, shredded mozarella, sliced pepperoni and a caesar salad for $15!!! Sounded like a good deal to me! We are going to do it tomorrow night…we will see how it turns out :-P

What are you up to tonight?

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So anyway, Mary and I have decided (as one of my MANY New Years resolutions) to start blogging more (kind of went off the deep end with that) and cooking at home more.  So we decided that each week that I would come up a list of recipes I wanted to make and Mary would chose two recipes from my list that I would make and that she would do the same for me. This way you are only responsible for making two meals that week…less money, less stress, more fun.  Anyway, I found one of my recipes for the week (haha we are such losers) from my favorite blog of all time, How Sweet Eats.  The recipe looked good but I was a little nervous as to how it would turn out…I guess maybe because the recipe is “different” and I have never made anything quite like this before but let me tell you, this came out AMAZING.  Mary and I LOVED it.  It as SO SO  easy to make and tasted phenomenal!  PERFECT weeknight meal….do yourself a favor and make this!  Best of all, we had leftovers the next day for lunch.

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Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

  • 6 ounces fresh spinach
  • 8 ounces fontina cheese, freshly grated
  • 8 large eggs
  • 2-3 table spoons heavy cream or half and half
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 garlic clove, minced or pressed
  • 1/3 cup seasoned panko bread crumbs (I seasoned myself with dry italian seasonings)
  • chopped fresh herbs for topping
  • 1 loaf of ciabatta, toasted and buttered

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Spray a 9×13 baking dish with nonstick spray.
  2. Take fresh spinach and layer it evenly in the baking dish. Add about 1/2 of the grated cheese, then randomly place the eggs over top. I found it best to crack them in a dish first then gently place them on the spinach. If they fall through the cracks, no big deal!
  3. Cover the eggs with the salt and pepper, then drizzle the heavy cream over top and sprinkle on the remaining cheese.
  4. Place in the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes, checking the eggs in the last few minutes to see how done they are. If you want the yolks completely cooked through, you may need an additional 5-10 minutes. Keep an eye on them!
  5. While the eggs are baking, add butter to a small saucepan over medium heat and whisk constantly while it bubbles. The minute brown bits begin to form on the bottom of the pan, remove from heat and whisk for an additional 30 seconds. (for more step by step photos of browning butter, click here.)
  6. Let butter stand for 2 minutes, then add in minced garlic and whisk. Add in panko and stir well to coat and combine.
  7. Once eggs are finished, remove from the oven and cover with breadcrumbs and fresh herbs. Serve immediately with toast and butter!

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Have a nice weekend :)

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1 Jenn Levito January 11, 2013 at 4:46 pm

Tonight we will probably watch the sunset in Lahaina. Hopefully catch a baby breaching while watching the sunset! Wish you were here…some seriously yummy food. The fresh picked mango is at the top of my list…so juicy. Maybe next time?!?!?
Aloha

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2 Mary & Christina January 13, 2013 at 7:01 pm

wow that sounds so nice and relaxing! everyone having fun over there? ugh mango…love it!!! im planning (or hoping anyway) to go away with harry after I graduate PA school

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