And my entry is a mouthful too ... a mouth full of delicious! This is one of those recipes that looks more complicated than it really is. Both the tomato chutney and the creamed spinach can be made in advance - so when you're ready to eat you can simply crack the eggs and get cooking.
Divalicious Baked Eggs:
(or Baked Eggs with Creamy Spinach and Spicy Tomato Chutney)
For the Chutney:
- one 14.5 ounce can of petite diced tomatoes
- 1/2 cup of diced onion
- 2 tbsp. of granulated sugar
- 2 tsp. of pure honey
- 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar
- 1 tsp. of red wine vinegar
- 1 tsp. of grated lemon zest, minced
- 1 tsp. of mustard seeds
- 1/4 tsp. ground cayenne pepper
- 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp. ground allspice
- pinch of Kosher salt and a generous grinding of fresh black pepper
For the Creamed Spinach:
- 1 large shallot, peeled and minced
- 1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
- one 10 ounce bag of fresh baby spinach leaves, washed and drained
- 1 cup of fat-free Half and Half
- 2 tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese
- pinch of salt and some freshly ground black pepper
- generous grating of fresh nutmeg
For the Baked Eggs:
- creamed spinach
- 3 large whole Eggland's Best Eggs
- 3 four or five inch ramekins, in which to bake the eggs
- some spicy tomato chutney
Carefully remove the pan from the oven and, using a set of tongs, remove the ramekins to individual serving plates. Top each baked egg with a bit of the spicy chutney to taste, serve and enjoy! As written, this recipe will serve 3.
I ask you - is this not a perfect meal? You've got the eggs for protein, some spinach for iron and a healthy dose of lycopene in that chutney. These eggs would make a magnificent dinner and would be spectacular when served for brunch.
Look, I'm a fair Diva, I know you're busy. If you want to substitute some purchased salsa for the homemade chutney, I'll look the other way. I mean you're not the one in this contest deal anyway right? ... but the dish won't be nearly as sexy. The spicy-sweet chutney is the perfect foil for the luscious, velvety spinach/egg combo. I loved everything about this dish and, frankly, I think its a winner ... though only time will tell. Results next week, stay tuned.