Birds’ Nests

Looking for an impressive breakfast for unexpected guests and don’t have sufficient luxury ingredients? Don’t sweat it, because here’s all you need: one egg. Yep, one egg. Fluffy whipped egg whites form a pillowy nest around a golden yolk. Reconstructed and baked like a tiny work of art, these individual servings simply call out to be dipped into and gobbled up. And, with a minimum of effort, you can whip one up in about 15 minutes.

Cooking spray
1 egg
1 teaspoon melted butter, optional
Salt and pepper to taste
Buttered toast

Preheat oven to 350°.  Lightly spray a ramekin with cooking spray. Separate the egg, and beat the egg white to a stiff froth with an electric mixer. Turn the beaten egg white into a ramekin, making a depression, or nest, in the center. Gently slide the egg yolk into the nest.

Place the ramekin in a baking dish which has been filled with about 1 inch of warm water. Place the baking dish in the oven, cover, and bake about 10 to 15 minutes until the egg yolk is cooked to your liking. Watch closely as the egg cooks – too long in the oven will dry out the yolk.  Pour a little melted butter over the top of the cooked egg if you like. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately with buttered toast.

Makes 1 serving.

Note: Multiple individual ramekins may be baked together but the cooking time may take a little longer.

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