I am constantly amazed at how animated and talkative people get when you mention food. The mere aroma of certain foods can evoke memories that transport us back to a special place and time. Food can bridge the gap between all ages, races and ethnicities.
Let's face it, the only thing that should ever come between people is a table and some serving bowls.

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Italian Eggs Benedict

photo by Lucahjin/Flickr.com

As much as I love Eggs Benedict my heart still longs for another, Italian Poached Eggs (eggs in marinara sauce). This was a traditional breakfast staple in many Italian homes and it was not uncommon to see this dish show up on the dinner table as well. This is old world comfort food a tasty feast of aromas as well as flavors to fill the senses and feed the soul.

Easy Marinara Sauce (to poach your eggs in)

1 large can (29 oz.) whole tomatoes, juice and all (squeeze tomatoes in hand to crush a little)
1/8 cup olive oil
4 oz. tomato paste
1 tbsp. parsley
1 tbsp. basil
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/4 c. grated Romano cheese
2 cloves garlic, chopped

Add all ingredients together in a deep skillet and simmer for 20 to 30 minutes.
Gently crack eggs (we usually serve 2 eggs per person) into tomato mixture, cover and let cook 5 minutes. Remove skillet from heat, uncover and let stand 2 to 3 minutes.
Transfer each egg to a piece of toast (use good hearty rustic bread). Spoon over sauce, garnish with cheese, and season with salt and pepper; serve immediately.


Chris said...

Easy is right! Yum!

passing by said...

I learned from M.F.K. Fisher that people commonly call this recipe uova nell'inferno (eggs in Hell) or uova nel purgatorio (the obvious alternative, if you don't want to blaspheme...?). Since then I've met other people who know it by that name. I think it tastes best when called EGGS... IN... HELL! I'm no Italian but I make this all the time. I prefer a tomato sauce with a meat base.

Julie said...

Thank you for all the info, Passing by it is greatly appreciated. I kind of like the eggs in hell thing myself. The meat sauce would definitely make this a more substantial meal.

Julie said...

Very easy Chris but very good

Nina's Kitchen (Nina Timm) said...

I often make this dish for my family - I did not thinks it was a recipe worth mentioning.Yours looks great.

Julie said...

Nina sometimes those are the recipes worth mentioning most. People are going through some really hard times and long for things that are simple but good.

Joel said...

This was positively great. We changed it up a little bit, doubling the basil and garlic, adding some green olives and bacon for briny-salty-bacony goodness, and served them over spaghetti to make it a meal.

Very simple, very good. We'll be repeating!

Julie said...

Your version sounds delicious Joel, I'll have to give it a try.