Baked Nestled Eggs

Baked Nestled Eggs
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  • 4Servings


  • 2 large red bell peppers, halved and seeded
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1/2 bulb fennel thinly sliced
  • 1 cup long-grain rice
  • 1/2 pound butternut squash, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes (about 2 cups)
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 4 large eggs


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees . Place the bell peppers skin side down in a 9-inch casserole dish. Add 1 1/2 cups water to the dish, cover with foil and bake for 15 minutes; drain.

Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, melt the butter over medium-high heat. Add the onion, fennel and rice and cook, stirring frequently, until the vegetables are crisp-tender, about 8 minutes. Add the squash, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper and 2 cups water; bring to a boil. Lower the heat, cover and simmer until the rice is almost tender, 15 minutes. Stir in the heavy cream.

Spoon 1/4 cup of the rice mixture into each pepper half. Transfer the remaining mixture to the baking dish and nestle the stuffed peppers into the rice. Using a spoon, make an indentation in the center of each stuffed pepper. Crack an egg into each indentation; season with salt and pepper. Bake until the eggs are just set, about 15 minutes.