Dara's Baked Eggs with Summer Vegetables and Capers

Quick Weeknight Meals Recipe Contest 2009

Recipe: Baked Eggs with Summer Vegetables and Capers
How long does it take? About 20 minutes
Category: Vegetarian
Name: Dara
Why is it a favorite meal? Eggs are the ultimate comfort food. This dish can be made at any time of the year, using seasonal vegetables. It is quick, hot, and delicious!

Baked Eggs with Summer Vegetables and Capers
Makes 2 hearty servings.

1 cup crookneck or yellow squash, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 cup zucchini, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
2/3 cup chopped tomatoes
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
4 teaspoons capers
1/3 cup bocconcini or fresh mozzarella cut into 1/2-inch pieces
6 large fresh basil leaves, chiffonaded & divided
4 eggs
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Heat 2 tablespoon of olive oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add crookneck or yellow squash, zucchini, and tomatoes. Season with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. Stir in capers. Sauté for 3-4 minutes, or until the vegetables are just tender.

Remove the skillet from the heat and stir in 4 large fresh basil leaves, chiffonaded, and bocconcini. Divide the vegetable mixture between two ramekins. Crack two eggs into each ramekin, taking care not to break the yolks.

Place the ramekins on a baking sheet and place in the oven. Bake until the whites are almost cooked, 7-8 minutes. Sprinkle each serving with 2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese. Bake for 2 additional minutes, or until the white are cooked and the yolks are still soft.

Sprinkle each serving with chiffonaded fresh basil and serve immediately.

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