There is something elegant and indulgent about a baked egg, topped with a pinch of cheese and sprinkling of fresh herbs. Shirred eggs—which is a fancy name for baked eggs—seem very special, but they can be cooked up in mere minutes in your toaster oven, making them a perfect easy breakfast for one (or two, if you are into other people being around in the morning).
Can you make these in a regular oven? Yes, and if you are making baked eggs for a crowd, that would be the way to go. But turning on an entire oven for a couple of eggs seems like a lot, and the toaster oven gets the job done just as well. To make a couple of these jammy-yolked stunners, you will need:
Preheat your oven to 350℉, and grease a couple of ramekins with butter. Gently crack an egg into each ramekin, then pour a tablespoon of heavy cream over the top. Sprinkle on a big pinches of cheese, season with salt and pepper, and pop them in the toaster oven until the white is set, about 9-12 minutes. Remove from the oven, let cool for a few minutes, and top with fresh herbs of you choice. Serve with toast or fried bread. Live deliciously.