Spicy Eggs in Purgatory
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Recipe courtesy of Geoffrey Zakarian

Spicy Eggs in Purgatory

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 10 min
  • Active: 35 min
  • Yield: 4 servings



  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.
  2. In a 12-inch cast-iron skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the sausage and begin to brown, stirring to break into small pieces, about 4 minutes. Add the fennel and onion and raise the heat to high; continue to cook until the vegetables are softened, about 5 minutes. Add the anchovy, paprika, garlic and a pinch of pepperoncini and cook for 1 more minute. Add the wine and deglaze. Add the tomatoes and bring to a simmer. Allow to simmer and reduce, 10 to 15 minutes. Stir in the capers and half the parsley. Lower the heat.
  3. Make 4 wells in the mixture, then place an egg into each. Sprinkle the whole dish with salt and pepper. Bake 8 to 12 minutes, depending on how you prefer your eggs. Garnish with the remaining pinch pepperoncini, the habanero if using, the remaining parsley and pecorino. Serve warm with the garlic-rubbed baguette, if using.