If your first response to a baked avocado dish is "gross," I beg you to consider giving this a try. Admittedly, it was my first reaction to the idea when a co-worker made this for me, but I was absolutely converted when I had my first bite.
The texture of the avocado is not really altered by a quick 10 minutes in the oven. And the runny yolk surrounded by creamy, tender avocado is a true game changer. Garnish with whole grain mustard and chopped chives, and you have a new take on brunch that I promise will be a crowd pleaser. As an added bonus, any leftovers are great on top of a tart salad for a quick lunch the next day.
This recipe was cross-tested in 2022 and lightly updated to guarantee best results. To help the eggs cook and fit in the avocado more easily, we drained some of the watery egg whites in a small sieve before transferring them to the center of the avocado. We also replaced the scallions, cilantro, and chiles with whole grain mustard and chives for a more balanced bite.
4 medium avocados (about 7 ounces; 198g each)
8 large eggs
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
Whole grain mustard, optional
Chopped chives, optional
Adjust oven rack to middle position and preheat to 450°F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil.
Cut each avocado in half and remove the pit. Using a spoon, scrape out the center of each halved avocado so that it is large enough to accommodate an egg (about 1 1/2 tablespoons). Squeeze lime juice over the avocados and season with salt, then place on prepared baking sheet, cut side up.
Place a small sieve over a small bowl. Working with 1 egg at a time, crack the egg into the sieve and let sit until the watery parts of the egg white drain off; discard watery egg white. Carefully, pour the drained egg into the center of an avocado. Don’t worry if some of the white spills out as long as the yolk is intact. Repeat with remaining eggs. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Bake in the oven until whites are set and yolk is runny, about 12 to 14 minutes. Remove from oven and garnish with mustard and chives.
|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 15g||20%|
|Saturated Fat 4g||20%|
|Total Carbohydrate 30g||11%|
|Dietary Fiber 6g||20%|
|Total Sugars 17g|
|Vitamin C 82mg||410%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|