Jul 24, 2013

Burn {Baked Eggs with Spinach & Yogurt}

Remember awhile back when I told you about how I burned myself grilling then burned the same arm later that same day?

The second burn was from a skillet I took out of the oven and placed on top of the stove.  Every.  Time.  Everysingletime I stick a skillet in the oven, I end up grabbing the skillet handle or some other stupidity.  I should be banned.  Or invest in some pot handle covers at least.

Now I have two 2" inch lines, the raised edges of the skillet handle, permanently running down the back of my forearm.  I'm not sure how I managed to burn myself there, but I guess it's better than having grabbed the handle.  Maybe?

It looks like a two-clawed animal got after me.
Or a long-fanged vampire with extremely poor aim.

The dish I suffered for?  Baked Eggs with Spinach & Yogurt from Plenty by Yotam Ottolenghi.

It looks good.  My arm does not.

Was it worth the pain?  Being scarred for life?


I don't do runny eggs.  This part was for The Boy who likes to poke at his eggs and make them "bleeeeeed."  The spinach, cooked down with leeks and green onion were good and would make a nice side dish on their own.  The garlic-infused yogurt overpowered the eggs and spinach.

The butter sauce, flavored with chili flake, paprika, and sage, was fantastic and the highlight of the entire recipe.  It's the component I'd make again and drizzle over green beans or fish or chicken.  It made the rest of the dish inconsequential except for acting as a way to get the "wow this is good" butter to my mouth.

A spoon would have been easier than the skillet.
And less painful.

The recipe in Plenty calls for arugula, which is not available here.  I used spinach.  Kırmızı biber, a Turkish spice made from roasted chiles, is also used.  And is also not available here.  I went with the suggested alternative--a mixture of chile flake and paprika.

Need more eggs in your life?  This week's I Heart Cooking Clubs theme is "Eggscellent."
IHCC Ottolenghi Leek Badge resized

I based what I did on this recipe found at Serious Eats as well as the recipe found in Plenty

Baked Eggs with Spinach & Yogurt  
by Yotam Ottolenghi

1 Tbsp olive oil
3 green onions, chopped
2 leeks, sliced
1 bag baby spinach, washed and spun dry
salt & pepper
4 eggs
3/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
1 garlic clove, crushed
4 tbsp unsalted butter
heaping 1/4 tsp paprika
pinch of chile flake (to taste)
small pinch of dried sage

Preheat the oven to 300°F.

Heat olive oil in a large oven safe skillet.  Saute the green onion and leeks until softened and just starting to brown.  Add the spinach to the pan.  Cook the spinach, stirring occasionally, until most of the liquid is gone.  Season with salt and black pepper.

Press 4 indentions in the spinach.  Break an egg into each one.  Place the skillet in the oven and bake for 12-15 minutes, depending on how runny you want your eggs.

Meanwhile, mix the yogurt and garlic together and season with salt and pepper.  Set aside.

Make the butter sauce by melting the butter in a small pan.  Stir in the paprika, chile flake, and sage.  Season with salt.  Cook and stir for a couple of minutes.

When the eggs are done to your liking, remove the pan from the oven, pour the butter sauce over and around the eggs.  Serve with a dollop of the yogurt.

Also linking with:
 Hearth and Soul blog hop at Premeditated Leftovers Feeding Big
Love Bakes Good Cakes
nap-time creations
White Lights on Wednesdays
Miz Helen’s Country Cottage Photobucket
BWS tips button Freedom Fridays
Memories by the Mile


  1. This sounds really good to me:-) well, not the permanent scar on your arm;( ... I usually grab the handle. Strange how easy it is to forget it is hot!

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  3. This looks scrumptious, Michelle ! Just my thing :-) Thanks for sharing !

  4. Oh yeah, I guess everyone has done that, me more than I should... I now immediately place a stove-glove over the handle so I will know it is hot (then wonder why the heck the mitt is on the handle...lol)
    the spinach/eggs looks really great, too bad it did not leave such pleasantries lingering around...

  5. Yikes! Well, parts do sound good, but I know about that overpowering garlic infused yogurt. My Romanian husband does something similar with yogurt and at times it takes over the dish. ;) Well, I'd concoct a Loup Garou story regarding those scars if I were you.

  6. Michelle - I LOVE this dish
    This is absolutely for me :) I could probably eat the whole thing.

    I really hope the scar is not really permanent.....

  7. Well, that's dinner sorted. Thanks! Sorry about your burned arm. I burn myself on steam every year from the water bath canner so I feel your pain.

  8. This looks yummy! Oh, the pain we sometimes endure to serve our families good food! I burned the tips of two fingers badly a while back, I touched a pan that I had just taken out of the oven, wasn't thinking. The hubby is with you about the runny eggs, I agree with the boy - love the yolks runny!

  9. Hi Michelle, just popped over to let you know that your link to Food on Friday: Childhood Favourites was featured in my Need Some Inspiration? Series today. Cheers

  10. This looks really good. I am one for runny eggs. :) Hope the burn will heal quickly and that the scar will disappear soon.

  11. The eggs look great, & my arm...well similar to yours, I have a roasting dish with 2 handles...& seem to burn myself every time I use it!!

  12. Hi Michelle,
    We will just love this recipe with the creamy yogurt. Thanks for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope you are having a great weekend!
    Miz Helen

  13. I love spinach and love that you substituted it for the arugula! :) I like my eggs cooked through, too - never understood those who ate them runny, but to each their own! So sorry to hear you keep burning yourself - maybe moms should get some sort of hazardous duty pay or something :)

  14. Oh, your poor arm - I sympathise. I have done the "reach your bare hand in and grab the handle of a skillet under the grill thing" - talk about bring tears to your eyes. On the plus side, I think you only ever do it once.

    Shame you didn't enjoy this dish in its entirety. The runny eggs would definitely do it for me, and I would be totally all over anything that acts as a vehicle for that butter sauce!!

  15. Despite your burn and parts of the recipe, you don't love, I am featuring this at My Meatless Mondays. I think, it sounds fantastic and would like it a lot.

  16. Even though you didn't care for it that much, I think your dish looks and sounds amazing, but then I'm a fan of runny baked eggs with spinach!

    Sorry about your arm....I burn myself on the outdoor grill every summer...newest welt is 3 days old.

  17. Great flavors here, we often make a spinach and egg omelet. YUM! Thanks for sharing on Hearth & Soul Hop. :)

  18. I love egg dishes and this is just perfect for this time of year.

  19. This looks really good, because runny eggs are the best way to eat them. I don't do skillets in the oven, because I will inevitably grab the handle to pull them out.
    Thank you for sharing on Foodie Friday

  20. Ouch! ;-( That's no fun. I almost made this recipe and I like the idea of subbing in the spinach for the arugula. Love the sounds of the butter sauce and I am a big runny egg fan so I think I would like this. ;-)


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