Monday, February 14, 2011

Eggs in Purgatory at a Kitchen Floor Picnic

Being the church going gal that I am I wouldn't usually drool over something called Eggs in Purgatory... However, this was worth every sinful drool I committed! It's just delicious and the flavors together are amazing, especially considering I would NEVER have thought of putting something together like this! 

Thank goodness, Food Network Magazine put out an all Italian issue and included this dish. (Random fact: It's an Italian peasant dish that has made itself into culinary royalty!) I promise it won't disappoint! I changed the recipe a bit so it wasn't quite as much food (this still solidly serves four) and so it fit the flavors that I already know my Best Friend and I love! 

The dish was so steamy that it steamed up my camera lens! And the first bites burnt our tongues!
Ingredients:
  • 2 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 4 ounces deli-sliced salami, chopped
  • 1/2 medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 Italian green frying pepper, thinly sliced (My store didn't have these so I got two little sweet Mexican peppers that were rated as mildly spicey) 
  • 1 small yellow bell pepper, thinly sliced 
  • A splash and sprinkle of red pepper flakes
  • 1 cup of marinara sauce 
  • 4 eggs
  • A handfull (or two!) of mozarella cheese
  • A loaf of bread to serve with (I used French because it's my favorite!) 
Directions: 
  1. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high. 
  2. Add the garlic and cook until it's golden brown (3 or so minutes). 
  3. Increase the heat to high and add the chopped salami, sliced onions, slivered peppers, and splash on those red pepper flakes. 
  4. Cook, stirring lots, until the salami is brownish (about 5 minutes). 
  5. Add the marinara sauce and 1/2 a cup of water.
  6. Cook until the vegetables are tender (about 5 minutes).
  7. Reduce the heat to medium. 
  8. Make 4 indentations in the pepper mixture for the eggs. 
  9. Break one egg into each indentation (Be careful with the shells! Use a bowl to crack them if you're a little rough like me!) 
  10. Cover and cook until the eggs whites are white and the yolks are cooked to your liking.
  11. Serve with slices of your bread of choice! 
It was so absolutely delicious on a piece of bread! 
The special thing about this sweet little dish was that J and I had it on a picnic... In the middle of my little kitchen floor! It has been beautiful in San Diego, but the sun is still setting absurdly early, so I decided this would be a cute way to make it seem more like summer (it really seems like it with the 75 and sunny weather!). J was such a sport sitting on the floor and listening to me rave about how sweetly romantic I felt like we were just sitting there. 

Here's the scene of the crime... Our offense: drinking beer with Italian which always calls for a nice wine!
But the floor is freshly cleaned if that makes up for anything. :) 
Timing the auto-timer on my camera proved to be a tough task, but this one turned out cute!
And yes, I'm still in my running clothes from that morning, talk about a lazy Saturday!
This summer activity in my kitchen was all started in looking at the so sweet blog of Laurie at Food is Love. Check out her summer in the kitchen challenge and try something out for yourself! It definitely doesn't have to be eating on your kitchen floor! 


1 comments:

Amateur Cook said... Best Blogger Tips

I know! Despite its name, this food is heavenly. I've cooked this a few times for breakfast, so I've never had it with beer. I think next time I'll cook it in the evening like you did and try that!