Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 30 minutes

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 large or 2 small red onions, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, mashed
1/2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme or 1 teaspoon dried thyme
6 ounces Texas goat cheese, crumbled
5 large eggs
1/3 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
1 cup heavy or light cream or crème fraîche
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Brush 6 half-cup ramekins or timbale molds with 1 teaspoon olive oil. Heat rest of oil in 9-inch skillet. Add onion and garlic, and cook over medium heat 7 or 8 minutes. Add thyme to onions, and spoon into bottoms of ramekins. Add goat cheese. Whisk remaining ingredients together, and fill ramekins. Place in baking dish, and pour 1 inch of boiling water around ramekins. Bake 30 minutes or until lightly browned. Serve warm or at room temperature.

From Quick Cuisine: Shellfish Intentions originally featured in Domain, July/August 1989