I could eat breakfast for dinner every night. Salty or sweet, I don’t care.


But breakfast covered in Fontina cheese, garlic browned butter breadcrumbs, and topped with an egg? It’s more than breakfast for dinner. It’s love.


Fontina cheese is new to me, but has definitely turned into an obsession. This stuff is super gooey and totally hits my pleasure centers (yeah I went there) in all the right places.


I especially like this dish because of how fast it is. Essentially, throw all you need in a baking dish and voila! Awesomeness. Enjoy, friends!


Fontina and Spinach Baked Eggs with Garlic Brown Butter Breadcrumbs

Serving Size: 2


  • 3 oz fresh spinach
  • 4 oz fontina cheese, freshly grated
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 tbsp heavy cream or half and half
  • sprinkle of salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 garlic clove, minced or pressed
  • 1/4 cup panko bread crumbs (or homemade)
  • 1 loaf of ciabatta, toasted and buttered


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Spray a 8x8-inch baking dish with nonstick spray.
  2. Take spinach and layer it evenly in the baking dish. Add 1/2 of the grated cheese and place the eggs over top.
  3. Cover the eggs with salt and pepper, then drizzle the heavy cream over top and sprinkle on the remaining cheese.
  4. Place in the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes, checking the eggs in the last few minutes to see how done they are. I broiled mine at the end, but if you want a runny yolk I suggest not doing this!
  5. While the eggs are baking, add butter to a small saucepan over medium heat and whisk constantly while it bubbles. After the brown bits begin to form on the bottom of the pan, remove from heat and whisk for an additional 30 seconds.Let butter stand for 2 minutes, then add in minced garlic and whisk. Add in breadcrumbs and stir well to coat and combine.
  6. Once eggs are finished, remove from the oven and cover with breadcrumbs.
  7. Serve immediately with buttered ciabatta!


-Recipe taken fromHow Sweet It Is

-If you want your egg yolks cooked all the way through, you may need an additional 5-10 minutes.


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27 Responses to Fontina and Spinach Baked Eggs with Garlic Brown Butter Breadcrumbs

  1. Eileen says:

    Breakfast for dinner is really the best, isn’t it? I love these baked eggs–the idea of melted fontina with crispy garlic breadcrumbs sounds amazing!

  2. molly yeh says:

    yum!! i LOVE baked eggs. and fontina. and garlic. this looks perfect and i’ve just got some super yummy eggs from the farmer’s market!

  3. Monet says:

    Yes…this looks like love to me. In fact, I think we’ll be having this for dinner tonight. I agree with you, eggs and cheese are my best friends (morning, noon, or night) Thank you for sharing. As always, a bright and delicious spot in my day. I hope you have a wonderful and warm Spring week!

  4. Ahu says:

    Why have I never thought to bake eggs in a casserole dish like this!? Brilliant!

  5. I love eating breakfast for dinner! I could definitely make a good meal out of this! 🙂

  6. Tracey says:

    Breakfast for dinner is awesome, I could eat it all the time! These eggs look amazing, especially topped with garlic brown butter breadcrumbs – yum!!

  7. Kathryn says:

    Oh this looks epic! Love the addition of fontina and those breadcrumbs for a little crunch. Delicious!

  8. You always know what I want!! Mmmm!

  9. Brinner is the best! And when you involve fontina cheese with eggs magical things happen. I love how quick and easy this recipe is!

  10. Sues says:

    Now I’m not sure how I’m going to go to work today without eating this first. What a beautiful and delicious-looking meal!

  11. Shut the front door, this looks delicious. I have been on a serious breakfast kick, too. I think my blog has at least 3 breakfast recipes on the front page right now.

  12. I’ve never tried fontina before — is it too sharp? I am not a cheese person 😉

    This looks like my dreamy breakfast!

  13. So how gross and/or weird is it to say that I almost drooled onto my laptop while reading this? I don’t even care how weird it is THIS LOOKS AWESOME! I’m a big breakfast for dinner fan too and I can’t wait to try this the next time the craving hits me. 😀

  14. I love all the ingredients in this dish. Sounds great! I love fontina cheese too, but I never seem to think to buy it.

  15. Jenny @ BAKE says:

    This looks amazing! I really need to get on this breakfast for dinner band wagon!

  16. Joanne says:

    haha I kind of want to take partial credit for this amazingness since I suggested you get fontina while in the US 😛 but seriously, cheese and eggs and spinach = loves of my life. For real.

  17. Caroline says:

    So thrilled to have found your site. I love it! This recipe sounds and looks so so good! I’m bookmarking it to make for the weekend! 😀

  18. This looks amazing!! My kind of weekend brunch meal 🙂

  19. Jen @ Jen's Favorite Cookies says:

    Fontina for breakfast… I think we were born to be best friends! 😉

  20. Hello 🙂
    I just stumbled upon your blog! This looks SO good I love having brinner! I’m going to be making this soon!
    Hoping we can follow each other (:

  21. Caroline says:

    I just had to come back to tell you that I just made this today for our Easter brunch and this dish was the biggest hit of the day! Everyone loved it! It was so delicious! I’ll be making this all the time! 😀 Thanks so much! Sending a link to this page to all of my family!

  22. Mary says:

    I’m with you on the whole breakfast for dinner idea. It happens at least once a week over here.

  23. sac hermes says:

    this is great blog, I will certainly be back.

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