Thursday, February 9, 2012

Mario Batali's Eggs in Hell

A few weeks ago, I stumbled upon a daytime show called,  The Chew.  Have any of you heard of this???  I rarely watch tv, especially daytime television so I had no idea about it.  It is basically a network food/talk show with some high profile chefs like Michael Symon and Mario Batali.  It seems to be hosted by Clinton Kelly of What Not to Wear fame but since I only watched about half of one episode that is still to be determined... Anyway, in the few moments of the show I did watch I saw a ridiculously easy Mario Batali breakfast/brunch recipe.  Eggs in Hell, which is effectively eggs poached in a spicy tomato sauce.  Made over the weekend and they were yummy!  Or at least I thought so, the husband is not a big fan of runny yolk so he won't go near a poached egg.  For those of you with the same appreciation as me for the golden good stuff; hope you enjoy!  Its spicy so beware!


  • 4 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, coarsely chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 4 jalapeño peppers, seeded and cut into 1/4 inch dice
  • 1 teaspoon hot chili flakes
  • 3 cups basic tomato sauce
  • 8 farm fresh eggs
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmigiano Reggiano or Pecorino Romano cheese

Place a skillet, preferably cast iron, over medium-high heat. Add the olive oil and heat until just smoking. Add the chopped onion, garlic, jalapeños and chili flakes and cook until softened and light brown, about 7 minutes. 
Add the tomato sauce and bring to a boil. Immediately lower the heat to a simmer and carefully crack the eggs one by one into the tomato sauce.
Cook until as set as desired. I like it when the whites set but the yolks are still quite runny, about 5-6 minutes. 
Remove the pan from the heat and sprinkle with cheese. Allow to cool 3-4 minutes before serving.

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