Heaven in a SkilletPosted: May 23, 2011
So, I guess we all survived the Rapture this weekend. Woo hoo! What better way to celebrate (or lament) than with a spicy marinara sauce and eggs?
Eggs in Purgatory
For the sauce:
– ¼ of a white onion, finely diced
– 1 clove of garlic, minced
– 1 28-ounce can of crushed tomatoes
– 1 tablespoon of tomato paste
– Dried Italian seasoning (oregano, thyme, basil, marjoram, rosemary & sage)
– Red wine
– Salt and pepper
– Cracked red pepper flakes
– Olive oil
For the eggs:
– 2 eggs per person
– Grated Parmesan (for garnish)
– Fresh Italian, French or your favorite crusty bread, sliced
In a large skillet, heat a few tablespoons of olive oil on medium heat. Sauté the onions until soft, then add the garlic and cook another 2 minutes. Add the crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, a splash of red wine and season with salt & pepper, Italian spices and red pepper flakes to taste. Reduce the heat to low and cook, stirring occasionally, until the sauce thickens, about 20 minutes.
Depending on how many people you’re serving, you can either use this entire batch of sauce (which would feed 6 people) or divide it into smaller portions. Since this meal was just for me, I only used half a cup or so of sauce.
In a small skillet, bring the sauce to a simmer. Crack the eggs into small ramekins. Using a spoon, make a little spot in the sauce for the eggs and then slowly pour them into the skillet. Cover, and cook the eggs for about 4 minutes, or until the whites are set but the yolks are still a little runny. Sprinkle with Parmesan and pepper. Transfer to a plate or bowl and eat with sliced bread.
I’m not sure why they call this dish eggs in purgatory, but let me tell you — it’s tasty as hell. The marinara is full of flavor and has the right amount of heat. The eggs are soft and runny, and go great with the sauce. I ate mine with some fresh scala bread, and placed the egg and sauce right on top. Seriously, if this is my punishment, I’d happily live in purgatory ’til the end of time.
How did you stuff your face after the non-Rapture?