Shirred Eggs a la Nero Wolfe


Happy September booniverse readers! I have for you today another recipe from the Nero Wolfe cookbook that we tried out this past weekend: Shirred eggs.

OMG! Everything we try from this book has been deLISH thus far even though we are only talking 3 posted recipes and 3 recipes from the great DQ birthday celebration. Also, four Nero Wolfe dishes in one weekend space is probably 3.5 too many to maintain the healthy figure my doctor’s always grousing at me to achieve. Ahhh…oops. Tasty, tasty butter filled oops.

Anyway, TheMan and I a while back were eyeballing the book to see what would be our next experiment in the great buttered book of Wolfeish delights and we thought the shirred eggs sounded mighty tasty and fairly easy. All up until the point we did some investigation into shirred egg dishes. There is a lot of different and conflicting ideas about what is a proper ‘shirring dish’…so much so that finally TheMan and I said “Screwit, let’s just borrow those Corningware dishes Mumses has and call it good.” Seriously people, I’d still be trying to find a common trait among all the shirred egg dishes mentioned if we hadn’t given up trying to find one.

Basically, if you read the recipe,


which I conveniently show you right here,

you can pretty much deduce what sort of dish you might need. It needs to hold 2 eggs, sausage and a couple tablespoons of liquid, depending on your variation choice. A lot of the shirred egg dishes mentioned croquettes so that’s where we got an idea as to how high the walls of the shirred egg dish should be. By the way, these dishes were the the excellent right size (shout out to my mumses!).

Here’s the recipe typed out so you don’t have to strain your eyes at my “photographic 5ki11z”
INGREDIENTS
4 breakfast sausages
1 tablespoon butter
4 tablespoons light cream
4 large eggs
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon fresh black pepper
2 dashes paprika
1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh chives

PREPARATION
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Brown the sausage in a skillet, and set them aside to drain on a paper towel. Butter 2 shirred-egg dshes generously, add 2 tablespoons of cream to each, and slip in the eggs, 2 to a dish, being careful not to break the yolks. Arrange the sausages on each dish, and sprinkle with salt, pepper, and chives. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until the eggs are done to the desired firmness. (serves 2).

Variation: Shirred Eggs with Chives and Sherry: Substitute dry sherry for the light cream, using 1 tablespoon instead of 2.

PRODUCTION NOTES
1. I would recommend cutting the salt in half. TheMan measured out 1/4 teaspoon of salt for each dish and it was noticeably salty. A dash of salt would be more appropriate.

2. We wound up cooking our eggs for 20 or more minutes in order to achieve a fully cooked white and a solid but squishy yolk. I’m not sure why exactly that was the case but it was and I have noted it.

3. We tried both variations (of course) because we could:


Sherry on the left, cream on the right. We decided that the best one was probably an amalgamation of the two. The sherry eggs were a bit boozy while the cream eggs were a bit sweet. Due to the wonders of post dating, I can say that halving the cream and the sherry makes an awesome shirred egg dish. Yum^2 (1 tablespoon cream, 1/2 tablespoon sherry for each dish).

4.


For the love of god Montresor! The dry sherry is tastier than cream sherry. Another perk of post dating is that we made shirred eggs up north using Harvey’s Bristol Cream (a “sweet” or at least sweeter sherry) and we decided that the Cask of Amontillado eggs were definitely tastier.


2009: I remember being outraged at paying almost four bucks for a paperback. A PAPERBACK! The books I got at lunch were $8 each for a comparable read. My how the times change.

2008: By the time we got there, these dudes had already spent two hours yelling at people to quit being dumbasses. What’s up with that?

2007: JSFR: Mini Crisp Wafer Roll

2006: Oh hey, I just realized something: My cat’s gone hillbilly

2005: Trying to walk faster than the Mennonites and not updating Forgetting to change the non post message, didn’t feel like doing this year either.

2004: Longest non-updating period from Monday to Tuesday in the fall season Here too.

2003: “Hey, hibiscus don’t have wavy antenna!”

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