Baked Eggs in Tomatoes & Bountiful Cookbook

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Eggs and tomatoes…I love them both. Especially eggs. I love this combination of eggs baked in tomatoes…brought to you by Todd Porter and Diane Cu of White on Rice Couple. I can go on and on about what dear friends they are to me. Both are amazingly talented photographers and are extremely giving of their time and talents. Last year, when they told me they were working on their first cookbook, I knew I would love it. A stretch? Heck no. I adore it, it exceeded my expectations, and I’m excited to share this recipe with you today and a giveaway!

Bountiful Cookbook by Diane Cu & Todd Porter

Bountiful: Recipes Inspired by Our Garden is full of gorgeous photographs, stories, tips and recipes…that you will want to make, I guarantee it. I actually helped them test a few including this one for the baked eggs, baked olive oil beet chips and others. I have already bookmarked several other recipes I want to make including: peppermint chocolate chip ice cream, braised brussels sprouts with pancetta and parmesan, blackberry cabernet crisp and OMG fig & gorgonzola pillows. I’m so glad they included their sweet onion dip aka “crack dip”. It’s amazing.

This book brings you into Todd & Diane’s garden, their lives and their homes. They share their personal stories and I love the photos of Miss Sierra and Miss Lexi. I love those dogs.

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First chop up the flat leaf parsley and grate your parmesan cheese.


Cut off the tops of the tomatoes and core them with a spoon. I rinse them out and wipe the outsides with a paper towel.

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Add the eggs to the tomatoes. But before that set up little seats of foil for your tomatoes.

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These are ready for the oven!

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Make this recipe! Lately, at restaurants and recently on my trip to Italy, I have been floored by dishes that taste extraordinary but just use simple ingredients. Simple and fresh ingredients…it makes a huge difference. Anyways, I digress. The simplicity of this dish will make you want to make this recipe over and over again.

PS Hop over, I’m giving away a copy of this wonderful cookbook!

If you make any of recipes and decide to share them on instagram or twitter be sure to tag me @thelittlekitchn and use the hashtag #thelittlekitchenrecipes! I love seeing your posts and photos!

Baked Eggs in Tomatoes Recipe

Yield: Serves 4

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Recipe Notes from the cookbook

Breakfast is our favorite meal. It's the meal that fuels our long days, and the quiet morning moments in the kitchen allow us to slowly wake up together. Combining our love of eggs and tomatoes, this dish is a highlight for those cooler mornings when we crave something warm from the oven.

The texture of the cooked egg changes in a matter of minutes; cooking time will vary greatly depending on how soft the tomatoes are. Insert a toothpick into the egg to check for your preferred consistency. You may need to use medium-grade eggs rather than large if your tomatoes are on the small side. You can also take out some of the whites when you’re filling the tomatoes if the egg volume is too large.


  • 4 medium tomatoes, tops removed and cores cut out

  • Olive oil, for brushing

  • 4 eggs, medium or large size, depending on size of tomatoes (see above), at room temperature

  • ¼ cup (15g) chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

  • ¼ cup (25g) freshly grated Parmesan

  • Kosher or sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). Line a sheet pan with parchment paper. Make 4 small rings with crumpled foil as seats for the tomatoes and place the rings on the lined sheet pans.

  2. Brush the top edges and outsides of the tomatoes with olive oil. (If the tomatoes are large and thick skinned, pre-bake them for 5 minutes before the next step.)

  3. Crack one egg into each tomato. Sprinkle parsley and Parmesan on top. Season with salt and pepper. Place tomatoes on their foil “seats” on the lined sheet pans.

  4. Bake the tomatoes for 25 to 35 minutes, or until the egg is cooked to the desired texture. Pierce the egg with a fork or toothpick to test its consistency.

  5. Sprinkle with the basil. Serve warm.


If the cored tomatoes are watery, place them upside down on a paper towel to drain.

Recipe from Bountiful Cookbook by Todd Porter and Diane Cu, published by Stewart, Tabori & Chang, 2013

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Disclosure: I received a review copy and I also preordered a copy! :) Of course, opinions are my own.

21 Responses to “Baked Eggs in Tomatoes & Bountiful Cookbook”

  1. 1
    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — October 17, 2013 @ 12:54 pm

    I am literally drooling – what a beautiful yet simple recipe.


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    diane and todd — October 17, 2013 @ 1:07 pm

    Wowzers, this is gorgeous Julie!! So glad you enjoyed the recipe. It’s definitely one of our favorites and so easy. xoxo


  3. 3
    Katrina @ WVS — October 17, 2013 @ 2:57 pm

    I love easy recipes like this! This looks awesome!


  4. 4
    Amy @ What Jew Wanna Eat — October 17, 2013 @ 5:41 pm

    I love simple but delicious recipes like these! This cookbook looks gorgeous!


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    Kelly Senyei | Just a Taste — October 18, 2013 @ 10:55 am

    What’s not to love about the simple deliciousness of baked eggs in tomatoes?! These are the ultimate brunch recipe. And how beautiful is that cookbook? Amazingness all around!


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    katie — October 18, 2013 @ 5:11 pm

    I don’t even like egg yolk and I’m drooling over this… I can’t wait to read through Diane & Todd’s book!


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    Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet — October 18, 2013 @ 8:08 pm

    Love the recipe! Love the book! Can’t wait to get my own copy!


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    addie | culicurious — October 19, 2013 @ 3:07 pm

    These look tasty! I love tomatoes and eggs together. :)


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    Irene @ {a swoonful of sugar} — October 20, 2013 @ 11:22 pm

    This is a wonderful breakfast idea!


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    naomi — October 21, 2013 @ 2:00 pm

    I can’t wait to get my copy of this book. I love their work and this recipe looks killer!


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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — October 21, 2013 @ 6:24 pm

    Such a classic, creative brunch recipe. I love the look of these, Julie! Thanks for introducing me to Todd and Diane’s beautiful book, too!


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    Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles — October 21, 2013 @ 10:24 pm

    Todd & Diane’s work always makes me pause…so lovely. This recipe is one I know I’d love, a perfect breakfast for me!


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    Cassie — October 22, 2013 @ 10:45 am

    This is stunning, Julie! I’m looking forward to my flight tomorrow to get to read the book!


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    Renee - Kudos Kitchen — October 22, 2013 @ 11:55 am

    Nom, Nom! Love the way you get the tomatoes to stand straight and tall! Brilliant idea! I completely love eggs with tomatoes so I will be making these sometime soon!


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    Christine (Cook the Story) — October 22, 2013 @ 7:39 pm

    Julie, I’m in love with the picture at the top of this post. The one with the wooden forks. Those forks! The plates, the table runner, the marble and of course the lighting. It’s breathtaking. Thanks for sharing the recipe and info about this beautiful cookbook. Todd and Diane are lovely people. I’m so happy for them.


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    Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective — October 22, 2013 @ 9:01 pm

    Love this recipe, Julie! Makes me want to try the rest of the recipes in the book!


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    Jeanette — October 22, 2013 @ 10:10 pm

    What a fun idea – I’m so happy for Todd and Diane – can’t wait to try more recipes from their new cookbook!


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    Nutmeg Nanny — October 24, 2013 @ 2:15 pm

    Wow, this dish is incredible! I absolutely love this idea :)


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    Deborah — October 26, 2013 @ 3:20 am

    I adore baked eggs and I can only imagine how good these are!


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