Baked Eggs may be the apex of all the eggs-for-dinner recipes. That is – when they’re done right. There are quite a few recipes for baked eggs out there. Unfortunately I’ve found problems with quite a few of them. If you want to succeed with my version you’ll need an extra-large, tug-boat of a sweet potato. Mine weighed 2 lbs (well 1.802). After all, it’s intended to be a meal. A meal for two on chilly autumn evening. However there’s another reason I suggest a monster sweet-potato for this Sweet Potato Baked Eggs with Prosciutto recipe.
As I said, I have a problem with many versions of baked eggs. Sure they’re the ultimate comfort food and we all love making them – in theory. However, baked eggs in general are trickier than you’d think. These Sweet Potato Baked Eggs are no different.
How many recipes for baked eggs have you tried that were utter failures? Quite a few I bet. I often end up with undercooked whites that gross me out, or overcooked yolks I wouldn’t feed a ferret. It seems you need a magic oven to get a baked egg with a perfectly cooked white and a luscious runny yolk.
By runny, I want you to know, I mean runny. I don’t mean soft. I mean runny. I’ve heard all the excuses explaining my failures from all sorts of reliable sources: Cover the dish. Don’t cover the dish. Use a water bath. Your oven is too cold. Your oven is to hot. Don’t use chilled eggs. Irradiated (I mean pasteurized) eggs won’t work… blah, blah, blah.
Sweet Potato Baked Eggs In a Tug-Boat of a Vessel
Well I’m going to add another excuse to the list. One that I have never heard discussed before: Your vessel is too small.
Well this cook doesn’t like to hear that his tug-boat is too small. But, if it’s true then I need to face the fact. Because common sense tells us that we’ll get softer yolks if the egg whites cook faster than the yolks. A large vessel allows the egg whites to spread out and cook quickly. If it works in a frying pan, why shouldn’t it work in the oven?
My method for Sweet Potato Baked Eggs is not the only way to bake an egg, but it works for me. A tug-boat-sized sweet potato gives the egg white room to roam. There you go. I hope that’s the last time we have to discuss my vessel size. GREG
Sweet Potato Baked Eggs