Bake as many potatoes as you have persons to serve. When done, cut off the sides, scoop out a portion of the potato, leaving a wall about a half inch thick. Mash the scooped-out portion, add to it a little hot milk, salt and pepper, and put it into a pastry bag. Put a little salt, pepper and butter into each potato and break in a fresh egg. Press the potato from the pastry bag through a star tube around the edge of the potato, forming a border. Stand these in a baking pan and bake until the eggs are "set." Put a tablespoonful of cream sauce in the center of each, and send to the table.
EGGS EN COCOTTE
Chop fine one good-sized onion. Cook it, over hot water, in two level tablespoonfuls of butter. When the onion is soft add a quarter of a can of mushrooms, chopped fine, two level tablespoonfuls of flour and one cupful of stock. Stir until boiling. Add a tablespoonful of chopped parsley, a half teaspoonful of salt and a saltspoonful of pepper. Put a tablespoonful of this sauce in the bottom of individual cups. Break into each cup one egg. Pour over the remaining mixture. Stand the cups in a pan of hot water and bake in a moderate oven about five minutes.
EGGS STEAMED IN THE SHELL
Eggs put into hot water and kept away from the fire are much better than eggs actually boiled for only a short time. The greater the number of eggs to be cooked, the greater the amount of water that must be used. To cook four eggs, put them into a kettle, pour over them two quarts of water, cover the kettle and allow them to stand for ten minutes. Lift them from the water, put them into a large bowl, cover with boiling water, and send at once to the table. The whites will be coagulated, but should be soft and creamy, while the yolks will be perfectly cooked. If you should add six eggs to this volume of water, lengthen the time of standing. A single egg, dropped into a quart of water, must stand five minutes.
Separate the eggs, allowing one to each person. Beat the whites to a stiff froth. Heap them into individual dishes, make a nest, or hole, in the center. Drop into this a whole yolk. Stand the dish in a pan of water, cover, and cook in the oven about two or three minutes. Dust lightly with salt and pepper, put a tiny bit of butter in the center of each, and send at once to the table. This is one of the most sightly of all egg dishes.
EGGS EN PANADE
2 eggs 6 slices of bread 1/2 cupful of milk or cream 4 tablespoonfuls of olive oil 1 tablespoonful of chopped parsley 1/2 teaspoonful of salt 1 saltspoonful of pepper
Trim the crusts from the bread. Beat the eggs until well mixed, but not light, then add the milk or cream, salt and pepper. Put the oil in a shallow frying pan, dip the slices of bread in the beaten egg and drop them into the hot oil; when brown on one side, turn and brown the other. Dish on a hot platter, dust with the chopped parsley and send at once to the table.
6 eggs 6 slices of bread 1 tablespoonful of chopped parsley 2 tablespoonfuls of chopped chives 2 tablespoonfuls of butter 1 tablespoonful of flour 1/2 pint of milk 1/2 teaspoonful of salt 1 saltspoonful of white pepper
Break the eggs in a bowl, add all the seasoning. Rub the butter and flour together, add the milk, stir until boiling, and then add this to the eggs; beat together until thoroughly mixed. Crumb the bread, removing the crusts; stir this in at last. Turn into a buttered baking dish, cover with grated cheese, and bake in the oven until thoroughly "set" and a nice brown. It makes an exceedingly good, easily digested luncheon or supper dish for children.
EGGS A LA BONNE FEMME
1 Spanish or 2 Bermuda onions 2 level tablespoonfuls of butter 2 level tablespoonfuls of flour 1/2 pint of milk 6 eggs 1 teaspoonful of salt 1 saltspoonful of pepper 1/2 saltspoonful of grated nutmeg
Separate the whites and yolks of the eggs. Put the butter into a saucepan, add the onions, cut into _very thin_ slices; shake until the onions are soft, but not brown, then dust over the flour, mix, and add the milk, salt, pepper and nutmeg. Stir carefully until this reaches boiling point, then stand it on the back part of the stove where it will keep hot for at least ten minutes. Beat the yolks of the eggs until very creamy, then stir them into the sauce, take from the fire, and fold in the well-beaten whites of the eggs. Turn into a baking dish or casserole and bake in a hot oven fifteen minutes; serve at once.