Coddled Eggs with Wild Mushrooms and Creme Fraiche
- 1/4 cup creme fraiche
- 4 large eggs
- Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 12 ounces assorted wild mushrooms or small button mushrooms
- 1 medium shallot, minced
- 3 tablespoons dry sherry
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- Fresh chervil, for garnish
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place 1 tablespoon creme fraiche into each of four 6-ounce ramekins or ovenproof serving cups. Crack 1 egg into each ramekin, and season egg with salt and pepper. Place ramekins in a baking dish. Place on oven rack. Pour enough hot water into dish to reach 3/4 of the way up the sides of the ramekins. Bake until eggs are just set, about 14 minutes. (Whites should be firm and yolks runny.)
Meanwhile, heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms, and cook, turning once, until tender, about 6 minutes. Add shallot, and cook until softened, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Add sherry. Return to heat. Cook until almost all of the liquid has evaporated, about 1 minute. Stir in butter. Season with salt and pepper.
Using an offset spatula, remove ramekins from dish. Divide the mushroom mixture among ramekins. Garnish with chervil, and serve immediately.