Portugese Baked Eggs, Bon Appetit Style

Portugese Baked Eggs

LA has been experiencing a weird heat wave lately.  Hot and dry, with the temperature reaching 90 degrees... in November!  I am so ready for fall, with hearty soups, rich casseroles, and hot noodle soups.  Cold weather, where are you?

In the meantime, I made Portugese baked eggs adapted from Bon Appetit this morning. I love any one pot dish, so this was a perfect way to enjoy brunch at home in my PJ's.


  • 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 small onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 beefsteak tomato, cut into wedges
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 jalapeno, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried organo
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon chopped basil
  • 1/2 cup ricotta cheese, divided into three
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup white cheddar, grated
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan
  • bread of your choice

Heat oil in a cast iron skillet. Add bell peppers and onion. Sprinkle salt and pepper and cook until softened, about 10 minutes. Add tomato, garlic, jalapeno, dried oregano, chili powder, paprika, basil, and lower the heat. Cook for about 20 minutes until vegetables are very soft. Season with salt and pepper.

Heat oven to 400 degrees.

Create 3 little wells in the cooked vegetables. Layer a dollop of ricotta cheese in each of the wells and top with a cracked egg. Top with cheddar cheese and Parmesan cheese. Add a little salt and pepper. Bake for about 13-14 minutes until eggs are set but yolk is still runny. Keep in mind the eggs will continue to cook a little even after it is taken out of the oven.

Add basil and thyme for garnish, and enjoy with some toasted bread. A great Sunday brunch that you can enjoy at home. I didn't add any meat, but I think it will taste delicious with some ground sausage and any other vegetables you have on hand, such as zucchini or mushrooms. I can't wait to make it with some winter squash next time, if the weather ever cools down.  Wherever you are, I hope you are enjoying a beautiful November day...  Happy Sunday!

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