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Cristina Riches aka Bird, is the founder of BirdsParty.com. She's also a creative mom of two, published author, graphic designer, freelance photographer, magazine editor and unconditional party lover. Her party ideas and photos have been featured on numerous publications such as Forbes.com, CNN Entertainment, Parenting Magazine, Celebrate Magazine, All You Magazine, Elle Decor and MarthaStewart.com. She also regularly creates content for brands such as PBS Parents, HGTV, Coca-Cola, Nestlé, Pillsbury, PayPal, Mars, Hellmann's, Cultura France and Danone to name a few. 

Smoked Salmon Vol-au-Vent Baked Eggs Recipe


Brunch Recipes: Smoked Salmon & Chives Vol-au-Vent Baked Eggs - BirdsParty.com

Following from last week's brunch post, and as promised; here's my recipe for Vol-au-vent Baked Eggs.

Baked eggs is something I've pick up in France (œufs cocotte), and it's a great way to serve eggs for an occasion such as brunch, because you can get all the yummy flavors and fun of the egg (yes, eggs are fun!) without the 'slaving over a hot stove' factor.

Brunch Recipes: Smoked Salmon & Chives Vol-au-Vent Baked Eggs - BirdsParty.com

The recipe usually involves baking the eggs with a little crème fraîche in little ramekins in a water bath (bain-marie) or in the microwave, and simply seasoning with salt and pepper. But you can include many flavors like smoked salmon, ham, cheese, herbs etc

The vol-au-vent pastry I added myself, and it works a treat! It's so retro (apparently they were all the rage in the 70s...) and we can't get enough of it in our house. It gives the eggs that needed bit of texture and crunch, and is perfect for 'mopping up' the runny yolk. YUM!

Smoke Salmon & Chives Vol-au-Vent Baked Eggs Recipe

Ingredients: per person 

* 1 large Vol-au-Vent pastry shells
* 1 eggs
* 1 teaspoon of cream or crème fraîche
* 1 teaspoon of smoke salmon cut into strips + extra for sides
* 1 teaspoons of chopped chives
* salt and cracked  black pepper to taste
Brunch Recipes: Smoked Salmon & Chives Vol-au-Vent Baked Eggs - BirdsParty.com

1) Cover an over proof dish with parchment paper. Place you vol-au-vent pastry shells onto the oven-proof dish.

2) Place the cut salmon strips into the base of each pastry shell and crack an egg inside.

3) Add the crème fraîche or cream on top of the eggs. Cover the tray with aluminium foil, and bake in a moderate oven for about 10-15 minutes or until the egg has cooked to your liking. The time will vary depending on how large your pastry shells and eggs are.

3) Just before serving, take the foil off. Season with salt, cracked black pepper to taste and sprinkle the chives. Serve with extra smoked salmon on the side and a cherry tomato salad, for a super tasty brunch!

Brunch Recipes: Smoked Salmon & Chives Vol-au-Vent Baked Eggs - BirdsParty.com

More yummy brunch party ideas and recipes here.

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