Recipe of the Month: Baked Eggs with Mushrooms

1 tbsp vegetable oil
8 oz fresh sliced fresh Mushrooms
1/3 cup diced red pepper (optional)
1 tbsp minced fresh parsley (optional)
1/4 tsp each salt and pepper
1/2 tsp dried thyme, tarragon or basil (optional)
4 large eggs
1/3 cup shredded Cheddar cheese

Preheat oven or toaster oven to 350 ºF (180ºC). In a medium skillet heat oil over medium – high heat, sauté mushrooms 5-7 minutes or until lightly browned and moisture is released. Add red pepper, parsley, salt, pepper and herb if using; sauté 1 minute. Spoon evenly into 4 lightly greased (6 oz/ 90 mL) ramekins. Crack one egg into each ramekin and sprinkle cheese evenly on top. Bake in oven for 10-12 minutes (baked eggs are done when whites are set and puffy but yolks are just starting to set). Serve with toast to dip in the soft yolk.

Makes 4 servings

Tip: If using wide gratin dishes in place of ramekins make a well in the middle of the mushrooms and crack eggs into the well; increase cheese to ½ cup (125 mL). For brunch bake herbed tomato halves in the oven with the eggs.

1. Substitute Swiss or havarti with jalapeno cheese for Cheddar.
2. Substitute diced cooked ham for red pepper.
3. Substitute ½ cup (125 mL) salsa or chili sauce for the red pepper, salt pepper and herbs.
4. French Style: for a softer texture eggs may be baked in a water bath. Place the filled ramekins in a roasting pan or baking pan (large enough so they are not touching each other). Place the pan on the oven shelf and pour in enough boiling water into the pan to reach ½ -2/3 up the side of the ramekin. Bake as directed 12- 15 minutes.

Nutritional Information: Calories: 152, Sodium: 263 mg, Protein: 9.4 g, Fat: 11.7 g, Carbohydrates: 2.6 g, Dietary Fibre: 0.9 g

This recipe is an Excellent Source of Protein

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