Gah! These eggs.

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I’m freaking out over these eggs.

Actually, I’m freaking out over eggs and cheese smashed on top of really perfect toast. In general. You know how I get. Weird obsessions and food fads… I’m all over them.

This is the current one. Surprise!

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I did this whole baked egg thing before and while it was good, it definitely was not this good. I think it’s the combination of the breadcrumbs and the cheese? Maybe.

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Wait. The breadcrumbs. We need to discuss these. I’ve been putting them on EVERYTHING. No, seriously. Everything. I first made them around the time I shared that dijon cream salmon, and ever since I’ve been literally throwing them on top of my entire life. We are talking, like, two point five straight months of breadcrumbs. Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Pastas, chicken… heck, even vegetables. If you can’t eat vegetables, just cover them in these brown butter garlic breadcrumbs. Sold!


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Anyway, since it’s the holidays and all, you deserve this breakfast. Or this dinner. Or this brunch. And wait, it IS still considered holiday time right?! I mean this is peak holiday time, if I do say so myself. I want to curl up in front of the tree and watch Love Actually on repeat with a (very) large glass of Baileys. So can someone please explain why five minutes after it becomes December 26th, all of the holiday music goes off the air? Oh, but it’s okay to start playing it in September. And all of the winter clothes are gone and my eyes are now assaulted with swim suits. Whyyyyyyyyy.

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Oh my gosh. I am so old. That’s it. Eat your eggs and play some Christmas music.

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Fontina and Spinach Baked Eggs with Garlic Brown Butter Breadcrumbs

Yield: serves about 4-6

Total Time: 45 minutes


6 ounces fresh spinach
8 ounces fontina cheese, freshly grated
8 large eggs
2-3 table spoons heavy cream or half and half
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon coarse sea salt
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 garlic clove, minced or pressed
1/3 cup seasoned panko bread crumbs
chopped fresh herbs for topping
1 loaf of ciabatta, toasted and buttered


Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Spray a 9x13 baking dish with nonstick spray.

Take fresh spinach and layer it evenly in the baking dish. Add about 1/2 of the grated cheese, then randomly place the eggs over top. I found it best to crack them in a dish first then gently place them on the spinach. If they fall through the cracks, no big deal! Cover the eggs with the salt and pepper, then drizzle the heavy cream over top and sprinkle on the remaining cheese. Place in the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes, checking the eggs in the last few minutes to see how done they are. If you want the yolks completely cooked through, you may need an additional 5-10 minutes. Keep an eye on them! I ended up broiling my eggs on high (the rack was in the center of the oven) just to bubble the cheese, but beware that this does cook the yolks a bit more.

While the eggs are baking, add butter to a small saucepan over medium heat and whisk constantly while it bubbles. The minute brown bits begin to form on the bottom of the pan, remove from heat and whisk for an additional 30 seconds. (for more step by step photos of browning butter, click here.) Let butter stand for 2 minutes, then add in minced garlic and whisk. Add in panko and stir well to coat and combine.

Once eggs are finished, remove from the oven and cover with breadcrumbs and fresh herbs. Serve immediately with toast and butter!

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I’m just going to eat this forever.

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89 Responses to “Fontina and Spinach Baked Eggs with Garlic Brown Butter Breadcrumbs.”

  1. #
    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — December 27, 2012 @ 8:24 am

    Now this is a perfect breakfast!! It looks so heavenly and that’s saying a lot considering it’s eggs!! Yum!


  2. #
    Brian @ A Thought For Food — December 27, 2012 @ 8:43 am

    No, I’M freaking out over these eggs. You see, I’m not a breakfast kinda guy… but baked eggs with cheese and garlic (oh, and lots of butter), sounds marvelous to me!


  3. #
    Brie @ Entrée the Giant — December 27, 2012 @ 8:49 am

    OMG I have to make this ASAP! This is the epitome of the perfect meal…breakfast, lunch or dinner. Delish…


  4. #
    Caz — December 27, 2012 @ 8:59 am

    This looks amazing. Baked eggs and cheese sounds like heaven right now.


  5. #
    Nancy — December 27, 2012 @ 9:36 am

    Those look absolutely delicious!


  6. #
    Sharla — December 27, 2012 @ 9:47 am

    I tried to do some egg cups with a baked egg on top of some bacon, cheese, etc. in muffin tins…i baked them FOREVER and never got all the eggs to set correctly. Maybe trying the broiler would help wtih that?? Looks yummy!


    • Jessica — December 27th, 2012 @ 10:05 am

      I do think the broiling is key!


  7. #
    Mandie @ Oh So Decadent — December 27, 2012 @ 9:55 am

    Well, if I wasn’t already a savory-breakfast type of girl, you sold me with these eggs! It looks like the perfect brunch dish and I am so excited to make it and stuff my face into it.


  8. #
    Drew @ Catfish & Caviar — December 27, 2012 @ 9:58 am

    This sounds AND looks amazing! Breakfast is by far my favorite meal so I will be making this over the weekend :)


  9. #
    Mel G — December 27, 2012 @ 10:01 am

    I see your holiday music disappearing and I raise you Hot Cross Buns in the supermarket December 26! I kid you not. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas, I’m off to bake eggs :)


  10. #
    Little Kitchie — December 27, 2012 @ 10:03 am

    I’ll take that now, please and thank you.

    I feel the same way about December 26th… what is wrong with everyone, and HOW do they get all the Christmas decorations down so darn fast? :(


  11. #
    Jamie — December 27, 2012 @ 10:12 am

    This officially looks amazing! I’ve already printed it out to make sometime in the next few days. I’m also looking for a possible New Years Eve dinner idea for two? I am dying to make something that takes all day long…for some reason I like the idea of having something in the oven for 3 plus hours. Any suggestions?


  12. #
    Amy W — December 27, 2012 @ 10:18 am

    My mom, in her retirement, stocks Hallmark cards at a few grocery stores and she was saying how she had to make sure she got into all her stores to take down the Christmas cards yesterday and put up Valentine’s Day stuff…


  13. #
    Stephanie — December 27, 2012 @ 10:32 am

    I’ll eat this forever too! =) Also, happy holidays!


  14. #
    Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic — December 27, 2012 @ 10:37 am

    I used to think breadcrumbs on top of pasta and eggs are weird, until I actually tried it. Definitely a worthy obsession!


  15. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — December 27, 2012 @ 10:38 am

    This is my husband’s dream food. Bread, butter, eggs. He would eat this every day and for every meal I think!


  16. #
    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat — December 27, 2012 @ 11:07 am

    Oh don’t worry – if you want Christmas on the radio, just come up here to Canada because they’re still going strong! You’ll need a heck of a lot of snow gear though because we had a huuuuge snow storm last night. Come to think of it, it might just be more fun to stay where you are and eat these eggs….and maybe I’ll come to you instead! ;)


  17. #
    Sabatino - — December 27, 2012 @ 11:13 am

    I’m soo going to make these this weekend, put on some Love Actually, and curl up under the largest comfy blanket I can find. There may be Irish coffee involved. Hell, I KNOW there will be Irish coffee involved/


  18. #
    HeatherChristo — December 27, 2012 @ 11:21 am

    oh yes. so goooood…..


  19. #
    Bev @ Bev Cooks — December 27, 2012 @ 11:46 am

    Eggs. Are. My. Life.


  20. #
    joelle (on a pink typewriter) — December 27, 2012 @ 11:49 am

    This looks delicious! I’ve never tried making baked eggs at home, but I need to. Seems perfect for a cold weather morning, although I’m in Las Vegas where you’d never know it was chilly and snowing in the rest of the country.


  21. #
    Aly — December 27, 2012 @ 12:02 pm

    I am with you–I never start craving the Christmas music until right around Christmas, and I especially want it right after. :(


  22. #
    Carie — December 27, 2012 @ 12:05 pm

    No bacon??


  23. #
    Courtney @ Neighborfood — December 27, 2012 @ 12:40 pm

    Want those eggs in my face! Fontina and breadcrumbs??? Those are a few of my favorite things.


  24. #
    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — December 27, 2012 @ 12:52 pm

    These look out of this world…mmm.


  25. #
    Stephanie — December 27, 2012 @ 1:25 pm

    I’m currently in Concord, NH where it has snowed some FEET and when I went to Target they had not only wheeled out the bikinis but also the Valentine’s Day cards. I am annoyed because 1. I’m just now getting that helpful layer of fat that protects me from the elements really going and you’re telling me that I now need to concern myself with my bikini body and leg shaving 2. I still have Christmas wrapping paper in the bin outside and am mid-menu planning for New Years and I have to think about what gift and meal perfectly illustrates my level of adoration for the love of my life. I HATE YOU TARGET!!!


  26. #
    Cassie | Bake Your Day — December 27, 2012 @ 2:00 pm

    love everything about this!


  27. #
    Kim in MD — December 27, 2012 @ 2:43 pm

    This looks delicious!


  28. #
    Alicia Greenrabbit — December 27, 2012 @ 2:55 pm

    This looks so good ,I would eat it BUT my husband would ruin it with ketchup!


  29. #
    Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe — December 27, 2012 @ 2:56 pm

    Personally, I will be playing Christmas music and enjoying my Christmas decorations until after we ring in the new year. Oh, and eating these eggs. Gah! is right.


  30. #
    Megan @ Megsiemay Makes — December 27, 2012 @ 3:12 pm

    You know, if you tossed in some roasted vegetables, this could totally qualify as a dinner food…. And broiling. Of course. Makes so much sense!


  31. #
    a farmer in the dell — December 27, 2012 @ 3:14 pm

    YES! This looks so good. I think the only thing missing is a bloody mary, other than that this is the perfect weekend brunch!


  32. #
    Katie @ Blonde Ambition — December 27, 2012 @ 3:43 pm

    My favorite breakfast to eat on the weekends when I have time is eggs on toast. add cheese and garlic and butter, and I am practically in heaven!!


  33. #
    Chloe Moon — December 27, 2012 @ 3:51 pm

    This post makes me regret the plain bacon, egg and cheese I had this morning on a horrible bagel. I’m trying to think I’ve ever tried Fontina cheese…This looks so good!! I have to discover fontina cheese and make this!! =)

    Ergo – Blog


  34. #
    Quinn — December 27, 2012 @ 4:27 pm

    OMG!!! Congratulations, Jessica!!! You’re number 1 :)


  35. #
    Emily @ Life on Food — December 27, 2012 @ 4:28 pm

    I am having this for dinner tonight. It looks so good. And it is definitely holiday time till January 2nd.


  36. #
    Lindsay @ The Live-In Kitchen — December 27, 2012 @ 4:51 pm

    I totally want to eat this for dinner tonight. I just wish I had some spinach in the house!


  37. #
    ambrosia — December 27, 2012 @ 6:49 pm

    I am bookmarking this recipe and will be making for a weekend breakfast shortly.


  38. #
    Vanessa Larson — December 27, 2012 @ 7:52 pm

    I can’t wait to make this recipe! I never thought about adding breadcrumbs to an egg bake, but that sounds like it would add a lovely crunch. Thanks for sharing!


  39. #
    Honeywhatscooking — December 27, 2012 @ 8:54 pm

    Omggggggg… This look freakin awesome. Bookmarking this. Maybe I can make it this weekend. So so good. I don’t like panic that much, but I prefer homemade crumbs which you put on top. Yum.


  40. #
    J @ semplicemente ... J — December 27, 2012 @ 9:12 pm

    OK, our dinner was loosely inspired by your post today …. it was a very loose interpretation, due to lack of time, lack of the right ingredients, and my state of mind today :) … my picture of my dinner, though delicious, not as delicious as your recipe … made it to my blog … however I am starting to doubt that I should have included it … after coming back to comments and seeing the delicious pics again ;)

    … thank you for all the wonderful inspirations through the year … know that sometimes I do it right as per your recipes … :)


  41. #
    Potatoes and Pilates — December 27, 2012 @ 9:55 pm

    This looks and sounds absolutely incredible.



  42. #
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — December 27, 2012 @ 10:03 pm

    Holy moley! Unreal!!


  43. #
    Lucy Lu — December 27, 2012 @ 11:10 pm

    This is perfect! Going to make this for a weekend brunch :)


  44. #
    Ross @ TheFaceBaby — December 27, 2012 @ 11:13 pm

    1. Definitely still holiday time. Although you do kinda sound like my mother during one of her “what happened to the 12 days of Christmas?!” rants.
    2. I watched Love Actually for the first time today on the plane ride home. Apparently it’s Cassie’s all-time faves and I’m completely ridiculous for having never seen it before. You two become more similar with every post I read.
    3. Baked eggs are SO good inside an avocado. Can’t wait to try these.


  45. #
    Holiday Baker Man — December 28, 2012 @ 12:34 am

    And now I need this before I go to bed.


  46. #
    Allison @ Foodie Heart — December 28, 2012 @ 1:40 am

    Definitely making this this weekend!!!


  47. #
    Lea Ann (Cooking On The Ranch) — December 28, 2012 @ 7:50 am

    I have a couple of open faced egg sandwiches that I love to make for breakfast. Love the greens addition for breakfast. I must sprinkle some breadcrust love the next time I make them. And actually, Love Actually is a Christmas tradition around our house. Great movie. You must live in a much warmer climate that us, we won’t see swimsuits for another couple months.


  48. #
    Kare @ Kitchen Treaty — December 28, 2012 @ 9:08 am

    Okay, I am way too excited about this method of egg preparation. Like, nerd-level excited. It seems like such an easy way to make eggs. Love.


  49. #
    Kacy — December 28, 2012 @ 4:07 pm

    This is truly my ideal breakfast. Ineeditrightnow (even though it’s not currently breakfast time).


  50. #
    susan — December 28, 2012 @ 10:51 pm

    Goodness Gracious….that is my kind of meal!



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