Last week, Steven and I caught an episode of Jacques Pepin on PBS making this fantastic French egg dish. I watched the whole thing, and then hurried to write it down. Steven and I really enjoy eating many different dishes for breakfast, especially on his days off from work. Some dishes we have often are Blueberry Coffee Cake, Fluffy Scrambled Eggs, Waffles, Pancakes, Huevos Rancheros, Homemade Oatmeal and Eggs Benedict. But, some days are just cereal, muffin, or toast days too. This dish will fit perfectly into our breakfast repertoire quite nicely, as I made it for the first time this morning and we loved it! It was pretty easy too.
You can just watch Pepin's Egg-ceptional Episode right now, or just read on for the directions.
1 can cooked spinach (or fresh or frozen)
2 T butter
2-3 T flour
3/4 C half and half
salt, pepper, and seasoned salt to taste
ham - diced (optional)
cheese - I used 1 Cup mozzarella, a sprinkle of parmesean, and a grating of gouda
1. Boil the four eggs. To prevent eggs cracking, follow Jacques easy tips, by poking a small hole in the larger end of the eggs with a straight pin about 1/8" only (it breaks the air pocket membrane inside).
2. Boil eggs for approximately 12 min. Run eggs under cold water and peel. Set aside.
3. In one sauté pan, melt 1 T butter. Drain water from can of spinach and place in pan.
4. Add diced ham with the spinach. Leave sautéing on med low heat until no liquid remains, and ham is slightly brown.
5. While that's sautéing, in another small pan, melt remaining 1 T butter over med low heat. Stir in 2 T flour with a wooden spoon. Pour in milk, and whisk rapidly and continuously until all lumps are gone. Keep stirring with a whisk (or fork), until mixture thickens. I like to add salt, pepper, and seasoned salt to taste here to perfect this white sauce.
6. In a shallow oven-proof dish (I used a pie pan), spread ham and spinach mixture over bottom. Sprinkle a little cheese. Arrange hard boiled eggs on top. Pour white sauce over eggs. Top with parmesan or mozzarella cheese.
7. Broil dish for about 3-4 minutes, until tops of eggs are slightly browned (like my picture).
8. That's it. Super delicious. Super fun to make and eat!
Ours was gone in no time!!!! Hope you enjoy it too!