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Tuscan Poached Eggs

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Serves two to four.

  • by from Fine Cooking
    Issue 53

  • 2 Tbs. olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 can (28 oz.) high-quality diced tomatoes (like Muir Glen)
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 Tbs. chopped fresh chives
  • 2 Tbs. freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano
  • 6 thick slices of good crusty bread, drizzled with oil-and toasted

Set a rack in the upper half of the oven and heat the broiler to high. On the stovetop, heat a 10-inch, straight-sided, ovenproof skillet over medium heat, and once it’s hot, add the oil and garlic. Cook the garlic, stirring often so it won’t burn, until it begins to turn light golden brown, about 30 seconds. Add the tomatoes and thyme and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the sauce thickens slightly, about 8-minutes. Discard the thyme sprigs and season the mixture liberally with salt and pepper. Reserve about one-third of the sauce in a bowl and spread the remaining sauce evenly around the skillet. Reduce the heat to medium low, crack the eggs into the tomato sauce, and lightly spoon the reserved tomato sauce over the whites of the eggs (not on the yolks). Cover the pan and cook for 3 minutes so the eggs set slightly. Uncover the skillet and set it under the broiler until the yolks firm up slightly but are still soft to the touch, about 2 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven. Sprinkle with the chives and cheese. Serve immediately with the toasted bread.

Serving Suggestions

Try serving the eggs on top of sautéed spinach or lay a slice of prosciutto over them. For a more elegant presentation, divide the eggs and sauce into four small gratin dishes before-broiling.

nutrition information (per serving):
Size : based on four servings; Calories (kcal): 360; Fat (g): fat g 18; Fat Calories (kcal): 160; Saturated Fat (g): sat fat g 4; Protein (g): protein g 14; Monounsaturated Fat (g): 10; Carbohydrates (g): carbs g 37; Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 2; Sodium (mg): sodium mg 740; Cholesterol (mg): cholesterol mg 215; Fiber (g): fiber g 5;

Photo: Scott Phillips

This is quick and easy with minimal prep work. And uses ingredients that are usually in the pantry or fridge. It seems to be missing something though. Not sure what but next time I will try to punch it up a bit.

This is a great recipe. Its easy to make on a cold winter weeknight, it uses ingredients that we always have on hand, and it always comes out good. My husband and I have made it 3 times in the last 2 months. Its not high brow cuisine, more like comfort food. We have it with rustic-bread toast dressed with olive oil. Nice.

Really good. I made this alongside the Chopped Greek Salad with Garlic Croutons for the site and it was a nice and flavorful meal. I didn't broil my eggs. I had the oven on already, so I just popped them into the oven for 1 minute and they were done.

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