Eggs in Purgatory. I was first introduced to this dish watching Nigella Lawson. She talked about working as cleaning staff in a hotel in Italy to fund her travels. She waxed on about the sunshine and the views, then in classic Nigella style, switched gears from this idyllic imagery to talking about the best hangover breakfast dish with a smile. <snort> That woman has made me cough on more coffee! It is an amazing, effortless dish, and I hope you love my take on it.
Jen’s Eggs in Purgatory
This is enough tomatoes for 3-4 people. Adjust to your serving size.
Turn a skillet to medium and add, stirring:
2 strips of bacon per person, cut into lardons (about 1/4″ strips across the pack)
Continue stirring occasionally until you get to your desired crispiness.
1 clove garlic per person – minced or pressed
several grinds of fresh pepper
Stir for half a minute, then add:
1 28 oz cans crushed tomatoes
a pinch of salt
Let this bubble away for a few minutes, stirring occasionally.
2 eggs per person
salt and pepper
Season. Let it bubble away til the whites are set. With a nice wide pan, I didn’t need a lid, but you might with a smaller pan.
Plate and garnish:
Parmesan or Romano cheese – grated
fresh Basil or parsley
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