Tuscan Poached Eggs with Heirloom Tomatoes: the perfect meal
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Serves: 3-6
 
This is The Perfect Recipe to make in high summer, when the garden is bursting with fresh heirloom tomatoes, onions, garlic, and basil!
Ingredients
  • 2 Tbs olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, squashed and then minced
  • ½ cup sweet onion, diced
  • 4 cups diced and cored fresh tomatoes, preferably heirloom (or canned)
  • ½ cups fresh basil leaves, sliced
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 6 large good eggs
  • 2 Tb chopped fresh chives or parsley for garnish
  • ¼ cup freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano
  • thick slices of good crusty bread, drizzled with oil and toasted
Instructions
  1. First, set a rack in the upper part of your oven and heat the broiler to high.
  2. Meanwhile, on the stovetop, heat an ovenproof skillet over medium heat, add oil and garlic and onion and cook, stirring until it all begins to turn light golden brown, just a minute or two. (Don't ever burn garlic, by the way, or you'll want to throw away the pan--phew!).
  3. Add tomatoes and basil and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the sauce thickens, about 8 to 10 minutes. Be sure to breathe in this scent. It's the scent of high summer, and garden abundance, and joy. Mmmmm. Sweeeet!
  4. 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, and crack the eggs into the tomato sauce. Lightly spoon the reserved tomato sauce over the whites of the eggs (not the yolks). Cover the pan and cook for about 3 minutes so eggs set slightly. Uncover the skillet and set it under the broiler until the yolks firm up slightly (according to your preferences, natch!) but are still soft.
  5. Remove from oven.
  6. Sprinkle with chives and cheese. Serve immediately with the toasted bread.
  7. I like to dish sauce and one egg per person into small gratin dishes to serve.
  8. By the way, have some extra crusty bread available for juice-sopping purposes!
Recipe by vomitingchicken.com at http://vomitingchicken.com/tuscan-poached-eggs-with-heirloom-tomatoes-the-perfect-meal/