Dorie Greenspan's Earthy Coddled Eggs 4.000

Goran Kosanovic for The Washington Post

Everyday Dorie Dec 23, 2016

These gently cooked eggs are enhanced with mushrooms and herbs.

You’ll need a steamer basket and individual 4- or 6-ounce ramekins or glass canning jars.

If you plan to double or triple this recipe, use a larger vehicle for steaming.

Make Ahead: You can assemble the eggs (including the cream) and keep them covered overnight in the refrigerator. Bring them to room temperature before cooking.


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Tested size: 4 servings

  • Fine sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, plus more for the ramekins
  • 2 tablespoons minced mixed herbs, such as chives, tarragon, parsley and/or dill
  • 4 ounces cleaned, stemmed and trimmed mushrooms, mixed or all one kind
  • Freshly ground white pepper
  • 2 teaspoons white balsamic vinegar or dry white wine
  • 4 large organic (and/or local) eggs, at room temperature
  • 4 teaspoons heavy cream
  • Toast points or batons ("soldiers"), lightly buttered, for serving


Set up a steamer. If you have a Chinese bamboo steamer, that’s great; you can even use a pasta pot that has a pasta-strainer insert. Ideally, you want a steamer with a flat bottom, so that you can rest 4 cups on it. If you don’t have a steamer, you can set a cooling rack in a deep skillet with a lid.

Fill the steamer pot with salted water (leave space between the water and the steaming rack) and bring to a simmer.

Use some butter to grease the insides of 4 souffle, ramekin, custard or other heatproof cups. (Dorie Greenspan likes to use small canning jars.) The ideal size is 4 ounces (more for looks than anything else), but cups between 4 and 6 ounces will be fine. Lightly sprinkle the inside of the cups with some of the minced herbs.

Coarsely chop the mushrooms, making them the right size to eat from a teaspoon.

Melt the tablespoon of butter in a small skillet over medium heat. Once its bubbling has slowed, add the mushrooms. Season lightly with salt and pepper and cook just until the mushrooms are almost tender, 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in the vinegar or wine and cook until it evaporates.

Transfer the mushrooms to a bowl and stir in some of the remaining herbs. You want to reserve a few pinches of herbs to top the eggs when they’re cooked.

Divide the mushrooms among the cups. (If you’d like, you can hold back a few mushrooms to top the eggs.) Carefully break 1 egg into each cup, taking care to keep the yolk intact. Season lightly with salt and pepper, then spoon 1 teaspoon of cream over each egg. (Try to leave the yolk exposed, but it’s not necessary. At this point, the cups can be covered and refrigerated up to overnight.)

Place the eggs in the steamer, cover and cook for 5 to 7 minutes. It’s hard to give an exact time, because it will depend on how much steam you have beneath the eggs, the thickness of the cups and the temperature of the eggs. You want the whites to set and the yolks to remain runny, so test with the tip of knife after 5 minutes.

Carefully remove the cups from the steamer; top each egg with herbs and mushrooms, if you’ve saved some. Wipe the bottoms of the cups dry, place them on saucers and serve right away with the toast points or batons ("soldiers").

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From cookbook author Dorie Greenspan.

Tested by Antonia Phelan Balzacs.

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