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Eggs in Purgatory may sound ominous, but it’s quite delicious. Simply poach eggs in a spicy tomato sauce, sprinkle with parmesan and dunk crusty bread into it. OMG!
If you’ve followed us for awhile, you know that my sister and I really DIG “Breakfast for Dinner.” There’s a certain sort of freedom that comes with not having to worry about making a “real” dinner one night each week. Plus, I love the look on my children’s faces when I tell them they’re eating muffins and eggs for dinner. Or maybe, pancakes and bacon. Or better yet, waffles, blueberries, and sausage.
And in all my years of parenting, I have yet to be greeted by even one single frowny face upon the words, “Breakfast for Dinner.” This makes it even more acceptable in my opinion, especially during the school year when everyone is dashing here and there. I find that it’s so much easier to make sure that everyone has a solid meal in their bellies if I give myself an out once a week.
With this in mind, I’ve been trying to come up with some new dishes to incorporate into our “Breakfast for Dinner” repertoire. Because even though my kids love eating the same recipes over and over again, I don’t. I need variation. But I also need it to work within the same meal concept that the kids are having.
So, let me explain.
Let’s use eggs and bacon as an example. My kids will happily snarf down cheesey eggs, crispy bacon and buttered toast in two seconds flat. And even though I love the same thing, I want to poke my eyeballs out if I eat it week after week. This is where I like to diverge a little from what they’re eating.
So on a recent search online, I was trying to find some unique egg recipes and came across something called “eggs in purgatory.” Although the name sounds quite ominous, the concept sounds delicious. Everyone makes it differently, but the basic premise is the same. You poach eggs in a spicy tomato sauce, sprinkle it with parmesan and dunk crusty bread into it. OMG! – this sounds amazing, so I decided to give it a try.
This truly sounded amazing and was right up my alley. It’s a grown up’s version of eggs for dinner and can be made lightening fast, especially when you use pre-packaged ingredients. In this recipe, I’m using Pace Salsa, which is guaranteed to kick this dish up a bit, and Prego Italian Sauce, which has a perfect balance of sweet and savory Italian flavor. All I need to do is add some fresh herbs and garlic – and wham! Dinner is served and we can all get to practice on time!
EGGS IN PURGATORY
Serves 4 adults; 1 egg each. (Or, if your husband is an Ironman in training, you will get 1 egg and he will eat the rest!)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 small clove garlic, minced
- 1, 24 ounce jar Prego Italian Sauce
- 1 cup Pace Thick and Chunky Medium Salsa
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (This dish is SPICY HOT. If you shy away from heat, only use 1/8 teaspoon.)
- 4 large eggs
- 3 teaspoons grated Parmesan (or more, if desired)
- 4 slices crusty bakery bread (you’ll probably need 8, but who’s counting!)
Step 1: Add olive oil to the pan and saute garlic. Cook over medium heat for 1-2 minutes. (Do not burn the garlic!)
Step 2: Add the jar of tomato sauce and salsa. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until sauce bubbles. The sauce must be hot enough to poach an egg in!
Step 3: Crack your eggs into the sauce. Be careful – the sauce may splatter and it’s hot! Sprinkle 3 tablespoons of Parmesan over the eggs and set a lid cockeyed on the pan. You want some steam to escape, but you also want to fully cook your eggs. Cook for 5 minutes until the white sets and the yolk is still slightly runny. (Note: If you despise runny eggs, just cook it longer until the yolk is set.)
Step 4: Remove from the heat. If you have an oven to table pan, awesome. Just serve it in the pan. If you don’t, or you have kids that LOVE to touch hot things, or you have a double dipper on your hands, simply transfer it to another deep lipped dish. Remember, you’re going to be dunking your bread in this bad boy so you need room! Sprinkle with more parmesan and chow down!
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What do you make when it’s “Breakfast for Dinner?” Do you have a favorite new recipe you’ve tried? Share it with us in the comments below!