Meet your new breakfast BFF: Eggs and Dates! This recipe takes a simplified spin on the classic Egyptian eggs with agwa dish. Picture this – less than five ingredients coming together for a beautiful breakfast that’s both sweet and savory. It’s a quick fix that packs a nutritional punch, giving you the perfect start to your day without breaking a sweat!
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Can You Eat Eggs and Dates Together?
Yes! Believe it or not, eggs and dates make an excellent combination.
This Egyptian eggs with agwa recipe is one of our favorite dishes from our childhood. Growing up, our mom and dad loved having it as part of our breakfast spread!
A common breakfast dish in Egypt, the traditional recipe requires the cook to make a date past known as agwa and is cooked on the stovetop. However, we’ve simplified our mom’s recipe by whisking the eggs and pouring them over dates before baking them in the oven.
As a result, the dates become tender and sweet, and you don’t have to spend lots of time making a paste! We serve the recipe with warm pita bread, and the whole family devours every bite.
Elevate Your Mornings with this Egyptian Eggs and Dates Recipe
Ingredients You’ll Need
- Dates – We recommend using Medjool dates or Bam dates for this recipe.
- Butter – Unsalted butter is best. We use this to grease the baking dish and add flavor to the dates while keeping them soft and moist.
- Eggs – Large eggs form the bulk of the dish.
- Salt – Just a pinch helps add flavor to the eggs, balancing the sweetness of the dates.
- Prepare. To begin, preheat your oven, and grease a round baking dish with melted butter.
- Arrange the dates. Next, slice each date lengthwise, and remove the pits. Arrange them evenly in the bottom of the greased baking dish.
- Add the butter. Drizzle part of the melted butter evenly over the dates.
- Add the eggs. Whisk the eggs in a bowl until smooth, and stir in a pinch of salt. Then, pour the egg mixture over the buttered dates, coating them completely.
- Bake. Transfer the dish to the oven, and bake until the eggs are set and the top is golden brown.
- Cool. Allow your eggs and dates to cool slightly, and enjoy!
Let your culinary creativity run wild with this eggs and dates recipe! It’s your kitchen, your rules. Feel free to toss in different ingredients and play with variations to craft a breakfast masterpiece that’s uniquely yours. Here are some of our favorite additions to spark your imagination:
- Fresh Herbs – Add a sprinkle of fresh parsley, thyme, or rosemary for a pop of color and a vibrant, refreshing flavor.
- Spices – Sprinkle a dash of red pepper flakes in with the eggs before baking for a touch of spice.
- Cheese – Top your baked eggs with crumbled feta or goat cheese for a tangy flavor and creamy texture.
Eggs and agwa is a super-filling recipe on its own! However, if you want to add a side, try serving it with pita bread or over rice.
Can I Make This Recipe Ahead of Time?
We don’t recommend making this recipe ahead of time as the eggs are likely to become rubbery. However, if you do have leftovers, they can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to one to two days.
Reheat your eggs and dates in the microwave or oven just until warmed through.
More Egg Recipes
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- Viral Feta Fried Eggs
- Turkish Poached Eggs with Cottage Cheese
- Eggs in Purgatory (Italian Baked Eggs)
Eggs and Dates (Egyptian Eggs with Agwa)
- 4 Tablespoons melted butter divided
- 8 dates pitted and sliced
- 4 large eggs whisked
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
Preheat the Oven:
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
Prepare the Baking Dish:
- Grease a 6-inch round baking dish with 1-2 tablespoons of melted butter to prevent sticking.4 Tablespoons melted butter
Prepare the Dates:
- Slice each date lengthwise, and remove the pits.8 dates
- Arrange the sliced dates evenly at the bottom of the greased baking dish.
Pour Melted Butter Over Dates:
- Drizzle 2 tablespoons of melted butter evenly over the sliced dates in the baking dish. This will add extra flavor and moisture to the dish.4 Tablespoons melted butter
Combine Eggs and Salt:
- In a separate bowl, whisk the 4 eggs until well beaten.4 large eggs
- Add 1/2 teaspoon of salt to the whisked eggs and stir to evenly distribute the salt.1/2 teaspoon salt
Pour Egg Mixture Over Dates:
- Carefully pour the egg mixture over the buttered dates in the baking dish. Make sure the dates are evenly covered with the mixture.
- Place the baking dish in the preheated oven.
- Bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for approximately 15-20 minutes or until the eggs are set and the top is golden brown. The exact baking time may vary depending on the oven, so keep an eye on it to avoid overcooking.
- Once the Egg and Dates Breakfast is done baking, remove it from the oven, and let it cool for a few minutes.
Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.