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Shirred Eggs with Leeks

June 10, 2024

Creamy, parmesan dusted shirred eggs studded with leeks and peppers are a festive, indulgent breakfast, perfect for the holiday season.


4 ramekins with eggs baked in cream with red bell peppers and leeks

Last week, Natalie and I packed up some humble ingredients and made a trek to the house of Eva Kosmas Flores. Eva has been one of our favorite sources of inspiration for many years now, and we are so happy to call her a dear friend as well. Recently, Eva put the finishing touches on a beautiful new studio. And while we all wait anxiously for the big reveal, we got a chance to step through the doors and experience some of the joy of cooking and styling in this beautiful space.

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5 ramekins with eggs baked in cream with red bell peppers and leeks

We have done a few really fun partnerships with Eva over the last few years and some group shoots that are always such a delight. Back in the spring we co-created the most amazing grilled cheese sandwich with rhubarb, goat cheese, and caramelized spring onions. That sandwich remains one of my very favorite ways to usher in spring. We also have very fond memories of coming together to create collaborative meals with Eva and some of our other favorite bloggers. If you haven't had the chance to see those posts you can check them out Wild Mushroom Risotto and Coconut French Toast.

Because we love working together so much, we knew we wanted to put together a little something extra special for the holiday season.

4 ramekins with eggs baked in cream with red bell peppers and leeks
baked eggs with red bell peppers and leeks with cream and parsley
4 ramekins with eggs baked in cream with red bell peppers and leeks

Once we set out with the theme of brunch, Eva mentioned making a saffron star bread. Natalie and I knew we needed to make something savory to accompany such a lovely breakfast bread and we came up with these simple shirred eggs, baked with cream and lots of extra goodies. The two dishes pair perfectly together and would make for the most glorious Christmas breakfast or brunch. We hope you’ll give these dishes a try this year, because we know they’ll make a wonderful addition to your holiday festivities. Be sure to check out Eva’s blog for the recipe to this delicious and perfectly tender star bread filled with cardamom. And for even more holiday breakfast inspiration we recommend taking a look at these baked eggs. Our favorite cinnamon rolls and cardamom rolls and our beloved traditional Norwegian Christmas rice porridge are real winners, too!

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Most of all, we hope you find many ways to fill your kitchen with wonderful holiday smells and tastes this month and enjoy the process of preparing beautiful food for your loved ones.

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Shirred Eggs with Leeks

  • Serves: 6
  • Prep Time:  10 min
  • Cook Time:  20 min
  • Calories: 313


  • 2 tablespoons salted butter, plus more for greasing
  • 1 large red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 leek, trimmed and minced
  • 1 bunch green onions, white and light green parts only, minced
  • 6 large eggs
  • 12 tablespoons heavy cream
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • 2 ounces freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • Chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley and/or chives, for serving
  • Crusty bread, for serving


  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Grease 6 ramekins with butter and arrange them on a rimmed baking sheet.

  2. Melt the butter in a small skillet over medium heat. Add the bell pepper, leek, and green onion. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the bell pepper is tender, about 6-7 minutes.

  3. Divide the mixture evenly among the prepared ramekins, creating a small well in each one. Carefully crack one egg into each well, then top each egg with 2 tablespoons of the heavy cream. Season with salt and pepper, then sprinkle on some of the Parmesan.

  4. Bake until the egg whites are barely set and yolks are still runny, 10 to 15 minutes. (The eggs will continue to cook after they come out of the oven). Garnish with parsley and/or chives, if desired. Serve warm with crusty bread alongside.

Nutrition Info

  • Per Serving
  • Amount
  • Calories313
  • Protein15 g
  • Carbohydrates12 g
  • Total Fat24 g
  • Dietary Fiber5 g
  • Cholesterol243 mg
  • sodium441 mg
  • Total Sugars4 g

Shirred Eggs with Leeks

Questions & Reviews

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  • Winnie

    Can you make ahead or freeze?

    Hi Winnie, This is not a great make ahead or freezable meal.

  • Mary

    What size ramekins?

    Anything from 6-9 oz should do the trick!

  • Ellen

    I’ve made this three times now and it’s so simple to make and incredibly delicious. It’s my husband and mine’s favorite weekend brunch. Alterations: I crack the eggs straight into the skillet and bake it that way. I added garlic the last time I made it and it took this recipe up just a notch. Will make this over and over!

    Thanks Ellen, so glad you love it!

  • Amanda

    Delicious! A comforting, tasty bowl! I’m going to make this when my sisters are in town for the holidays. It felt fancy, but so easy!

    Thanks Amanda, so happy you love it!

  • Hannah

    So simple and soooo delicious!

    Thanks Hannah, so happy you love it!

  • Jenn

    This was so good and such a welcome change up from our typical scrambled eggs.

    Glad you loved it!