Southern Eggs En Cocotte

READY IN: 30mins




  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Brown sausage in a pan. Drain on paper towel and reserve the grease.
  • While the sausage is browning, bring three cups of water and one cup of half and half to a boil.
  • Pour one cup of grits into a bowl of water and then simply tilt the bowl and pour the water and floating bits off into the sink. Scoop drained grits into the boiling milk/water mixture.
  • Whisk boiling grits for 5 minutes and then reduce to a simmer for 20 minutes, continue whisking. Season with salt if you'd like and a few cranks of the pepper mill.
  • In between whisks, use the rendered sausage fat to grease 4 large individual ramekins, (gratin dishes or individual cast iron pots work too) and arrange them on a rimmed sheet tray.
  • Divide creamy grits between the prepared baking dishes and top each with sausage and grated Gruyere. Make a divot in the mixture to nest the egg.
  • Crack an egg into a small bowl and slide into the divot you made. Repeat with remaining eggs.
  • Bake until the egg whites are almost, but not fully set, about 10 to 15 minutes. For more well-done eggs, bake until the whites are set.