Shirred Eggs and Sausage

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1 tablespoon unsalted butter
4 eggs
2 tablespoons heavy cream
1/4 cup sharp cheddar cheese
1 tablespoon chopped chives


  1. Preheat the oven to 350º.

  2. Melt the butter in a large heavy skillet over medium heat. Place the sausage in the pan and cook, stirring occasionally, until the sausage begins to brown. Distribute the sausage evenly between 4 ramekins or shallow bowls. Carefully break the eggs over the sausage. Pour the cream over the eggs and sprinkle with the grated cheese.

  3. Set the ramekins in a pan of hot water and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until the eggs are set and the topping has begun to brown. Sprinkle with the chives and serve.