Eggs Cocotte

Course : French
Serves: 4
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3 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup mushrooms -- coarsely chopped
1 dash cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon flour
1/4 cup chicken broth
4 large eggs -- room temperature
1/2 teaspoon salt

Preparation / Directions:

In small skillet, heat 1 tablespoon butter. Add mushrooms and cook for 2 minutes over high flame, stirring constantly. Add 1/4 teaspoon salt and cayenne pepper. Sprinkle with flour and cook until slightly browned. Add chicken broth. Lower flame and simmer for 5 minutes. Butter 4 custard cups with remaining butter. Place 1 tablespoon mushrooms at bottom of each cup. Break 1 egg in each cup over mushrooms. Salt. Place cups in pan containing hot water. Bake at 400F for approximately 10 minutes, or until white is well set. Serve hot. (If eggs are taken from refrigerator just before cooking, baking time is about 5 minutes longer.) Recipe Source: THE ART OF FRENCH COOKING by Fernande Garvin

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