Use fresh herbs in this dish, the subtle taste the bring to the table is exquisite.
Fresh Parsley tends to be infested with aphids, thrips and other insects. Please check “Special Instructions” below for insect inspection instructions.
1 tablespoon butter, room temperature
2 teaspoon chopped fresh chives
1 tsp chopped fresh parsley
1 tsp chopped fresh oregano
8 canned artichoke heart quarters, drained well, patted dry
2 large eggs
2 tablespoons (packed) freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Rub butter onto bottom and sides of two 3/4-cup souffle dishes or custard cups, dividing equally. Sprinkle with herbs, dividing equally. Place 4 artichoke pieces in each dish. Crack 1 egg into each dish, being careful not to break yolk. Sprinkle eggs with salt, pepper and cheese. Bake at 400 degrees F until eggs are softly set and cheese is golden, about 9 minutes. Serve immediately.Insect Inspection of Parsley: Fresh parsley (as well as the following herbs: basil, cilantro, dill, mint, oregano, rosemary, sage and thyme) are often used as spices or garnishing. Aphids, thrips and other insects may often be found on the leaves and stems of these herbs. Insects tend to nestle in the crevices between the leaves and branches of herbs. These insects can curl up and stick to the leaf once they come in contact with water. Please Note: Curly leaf parsley is very difficult to check. It is therefore recommended that only flat leaf parsley be used. Vegetable spinners, power hoses, and light boxes are not always available in the home. We therefore recommend the following alternate procedure. 1. Soak herbs in a solution of cold water and vegetable wash. The proper amount of vegetable wash has been added when some bubbles are observed in the water. (In the absence of vegetable wash, several drops of concentrated non-scented liquid detergent may be used. However, for health reasons, thoroughly rinse off the soapy solution.) 2. Agitate the herbs in the soapy water, in order to loosen the sticking excretion of the bugs. 3. Using a heavy stream of water, thoroughly wash off the soap and other foreign matter from the herbs. 4. Check both sides of each leaf under direct light. 5. If one or two insects are found, rewash the herbs. 6. If any insects are found after repeating the agitation process twice, the entire bunch must be discarded.