Swiss Chard and Egg Bake

I do love making breakfast dishes for dinner, there is something very comforting to me in doing that.  I think also that it enables me to relax and make breakfast dishes that take longer than I am willing to take in the morning – I wake up really hungry every day, and waiting an hour to eat while I cook breakfast is just not something I am willing to do.  So, if I want a baked egg dish, breakfast for dinner it is.

Swiss Chard & Egg Bake 6

I found this recipe in Bon Appetit’s May 2013 issue, they call it Company Eggs and serve it with hash browns, a radish salad and a cocktail.  I served it with some freshly steamed english peas and whole grain toast.  Aside from being tasty, it was surprisingly filling.

Since only three of us were eating, I halved the recipe, but I will include the full recipe here.  All of the main ingredients in this dish are local – the swiss chard and onion are from my garden and the eggs are from Farmer Kim.  Having such a “local” dish  always makes me happy.

Swiss Chard and Egg Bake

from Bon Appetit

2 Tbsp olive oil

1 small onion, thinly sliced (from the garden)

4 garlic cloves, minced

Kosher salt, freshly ground black pepper

2 bunches Swiss chard, (from the garden)  thick center ribs removed, leaves coarsely chopped – about 12 cups

1/2 cup heavy cream

12 large eggs (from Farmer Kim)

2 oz. sharp white cheddar, grated (about 1/2 cup) note:  I used sharp yellow


Preheat oven to 400F.  Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat.  Add onion and garlic; season with salt and pepper.  Cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is softened, 8-10 minutes (with the onion fresh from my garden it took only half that time).

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Add chard to the skillet by the handful, tossing to wilt between additions.  Cook, tossing often, until tender, 8-10 minutes.

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Add cream and simmer until thickened and almost evaporated, 8-10 minutes; season with salt and pepper.  Spread mixture evenly in a greased 13″ x 9″ baking dish.

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Using the back of a spoon, make 12 small, evenly spaced divots in the chard mixture.  Crack 1 egg into each divot.  Season eggs with salt and pepper. Sprinkle cheese over.

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Bake, rotating dish once, until egg whites are almost set and yolks are still runny, 15 – 18 minutes.

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Let stand 5 minutes before serving.  Enjoy!

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Serves 6.



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Let me know what you think of this post, and if you try the recipe, please let me know how it was and any suggestions you have. Thanks, Andrea

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