When the weather gets cold like it is currently all over the country, I crave warm and comforting breakfasts on the weekends. I think about making cinnamon rolls and stacks of chocolate chip pancakes, but the truth is- those breakfasts are labor intensive, too sweet after a couple bites, and don’t keep me full for more than an hour or two. As a way to get more veggies and protein in during brunch, I whipped up these baked eggs the other day on a bed of sautéed kale, onion, and tomato, and it hit the spot with coffee, avocado, and clementines.
You want to cook these in the oven just long enough so that the egg white cook and the yolks set, but still have some runny yolk. The exposed edges of the kale get crisp almost like kale chips, and the egg white sinks throughout the greens. Sliced avocado and hot sauce on top are optional but highly recommended. This recipe is easily multiplied to feed a crowd for brunch- use ramekins or bowls and have a toppings bar for some fun!
Kale Egg Bake (serves 2 for breakfast, brunch, or brinner!)
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1/4 cup diced onion
- 1/2 cup water
- 3 cups packed kale (1/2 bunch)
- 1/2 cup sliced grape tomatoes
- Salt, pepper, basil, oregano to taste
- 4 eggs
- Toppings: grated cheese, avocado, hot sauce
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a pan, sautee the chopped garlic cloves with the diced onion on low heat with olive oil. When they are fragrant, add the 1/2 cup water and stir to create a bit of broth.
Add the torn kale leaves to the pan with the grape tomatoes, and sautee until mostly wilted and warm throughout. Add salt, pepper, oregano and basil to taste. Divide the veggie mixture into two bowls and ensure that your bowls can take the heat (most say oven-safe on the bottom if they are, or you can check the manufacturer’s website).
Carefully crack 2 eggs into each bowl and sprinkle the tops with salt and pepper. If you happen to break an egg yolk, you will just get more of a cooked egg down into the kale (see the ‘missing’ yolk in the blue bowl!). Bake for 20 minutes until the eggs are set.