Eggs in Purgatory

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 3 hr
  • Active: 30 min
  • Yield: 1 serving, plus additional tomato sauce
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Ingredients

Tomato Sauce:

1/4 cup olive oil

1/2 pound onion, finely diced

5 cloves garlic, finely sliced

Chile flakes, as needed

Pinch dried oregano 

42 ounces canned plum tomatoes, pureed with a hand blender

1 1/2 tablespoons chipotle adobo sauce

2 large sprigs fresh basil 

Kosher salt

Eggs:

1 tablespoon white vinegar

2 large organic eggs

Fresh basil, cut into chiffonade, for topping

Flaky sea salt, such as Maldon, for sprinkling

Grated Parmesan, for topping

Olive oil, for drizzling

2 slices grilled bread

Directions

  1. For the tomato sauce: In a pan over medium heat, add the olive oil, onions and garlic. Sweat until soft and tender, about 10 minutes. Add the chile flakes and oregano and cook for an additional 3 minutes. Add the tomatoes, chipotle and basil sprigs and bring to a simmer. Simmer, stirring frequently, until slightly thickened, about 2 1/2 hours. Season with salt.
  2. For the eggs: Bring 3 inches of water and the vinegar to a low simmer in a straight-sided skillet. Break each egg into a ramekin or small bowl. Gently slide each egg into the simmering water. Use a slotted spoon to gently form the egg whites into a round shape. Turn off the heat, cover and cook for 3 minutes for a soft-set yolk. Remove from the water using a slotted spoon to a paper towel-lined plate.
  3. Preheat the oven to broil.
  4. Transfer about 1/2 cup of the hot tomato sauce to a small cast-iron pan or ovenproof baking dish and mix with a little of the basil. Make a slight well, leaving a light covering on the bottom. Carefully transfer the poached eggs to the well. Season with a pinch of sea salt. Top with Parmesan, additional basil and a drizzle of olive oil. Broil until the sauce is bubbling and the top of the eggs are just set, about 2 minutes. Serve with grilled bread. 
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