Prince Charles Loves Cheesy Baked Eggs—With Plenty of British Cheese, of Course
Over the years, we’ve gotten glimpses into what the British royal family likes to eat and drink, such as Queen Elizabeth II's reported penchant for chocolate biscuit cake. This Sunday, we also learned that Prince Charles is a big fan of cheesy baked eggs. Clarence House said it was one of his favorite recipes, and shared it via social media on the last day of the inaugural British Cheese Weekender—a free online cheese festival that ran from Friday, May 8 through Sunday, May 10.
“British cheesemakers need our support during this time of great uncertainty, and we can all help in the simplest way,” the Prince of Wales, who has been Patron of the Speciality Cheesemakers Association since 1993, said in a statement. “By sourcing British cheese from local shops and cheesemongers, and directly from producers online, you can make a vital contribution to keeping these small businesses afloat during the prevailing crisis.”
You can click through the Instagram post to find everything you need for making the eggs, as well as step-by-step instructions. The ingredient list is pretty simple: wilted spinach, cherry tomato or sun-dried tomatoes, “strong soft cheese,” an egg, double cream, hard cheese, fresh basil leaves, and if you’d like, charcuterie. Double cream, per Extra Crispy, is a British designation for cream that “contains no less than 48 percent milk fat”—for comparison, heavy cream “contains no less than 36 percent milk fat.” Clarence House advises uses organic ingredients wherever possible.
There are nine steps total for making the dish. You’ll need a small ovenproof dish, adding in the spinach, tomato, soft cheese, torn basil, and charcuterie, if you’re going to include. After seasoning with salt and pepper, you crack in the egg, pour the double cream over it (make sure you don’t break the yolk!), and sprinkle on the hard cheese. All that’s left to do is bake and enjoy—it only takes eight to 10 minutes, per Clarence House, so it would work just as well for breakfast as it would a quick breakfast for dinner.
If you’re looking for more baked egg dishes, we have plenty of other recipes you can try. Gail Simmons’ za’atar baked eggs, one of her go-to brunches, are prepared with a cherry-tomato pepper mix and come together in just 30 minutes; our eggs baked over sautéed mushrooms and spinach recipe is pretty quick, too. And if you want something cheesy like Prince Charles’ favorite recipe, go for this smoky sweet potato hash with baked eggs and manchego, or our baked eggs with spinach, asparagus, and prosciutto, and Gruyère.