Breakfast just got a little more interesting with this Fried Egg in Purgatory. This is a savory, slightly spicy way to start your day. A quick stovetop tomato sauce is topped with a perfectly fried egg for the ultimate ‘stick to your ribs’ breakfast recipe! Vegetarian, grain free, gluten free with dairy free, Paleo and Whole30 options.
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Fried Egg in Purgatory
I’m a savory breakfast girl all the way! Don’t get me wrong, I do enjoy a good donut now and then. But I definitely prefer to start my days with a hearty, savory meal.
And isn’t it great when a hearty breakfast recipe is as gorgeous as this fried egg in purgatory!?!? Especially when it is so quick, easy and tasty too.
In fact, this dish is perfect for those Breakfast for Dinner cravings. This recipe is just one of many easy family meals from (Barefeet in the Kitchen)Mary Younkin’s new cookbook, The Weekday Lunches & Breakfasts Cookbook.
There are so many tasty dishes to choose from: Fruit & Nut Oatmeal, Scrambled Sliders, Southwest Pasta Salad and In-A-Hurry White Chicken Chili. And as always, the recipes are quick, easy, nutritious and guaranteed to please a hungry crowd!
Oh, and all the recipes in this cookbook have large beautiful photos . . . that makes such a difference, doesn’t it?
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Is this recipe Paleo, Whole30 compliant?
Cook the egg in oil or ghee instead of butter, leave off the shredded mozzarella and you are good to go! Not only is this recipe Paleo, Whole30 friendly . . . it still tastes great.
Can this be prepared ahead?
You can definitely prepare the sauce ahead. Then all you have to do is reheat the sauce and fry up your eggs.
Is Eggs in Purgatory good for you?
Yes! Start off your day with protein from the eggs and a filling sauce. Tomato sauce has so many health benefits without tons of calories.
What tools do you need for this recipe?
Tips → Tricks → Suggestions →
- I like to use a cheese grater or microplane to grate the garlic extra fine.
- Use mozzarella, parmesan or a mixture of both.
- Don’t try to turn up the heat to fry the egg faster. This will just cook the bottom of the yolk to hard boiled consistency and you will lose that glorious golden yolk.
- If you don’t have dried oregano or dried basil, substitute dried Italian seasoning instead.
- Toast up some bread for dipping.
Breakfast just got a little more interesting with this Fried Egg in Purgatory. This is a savory, slightly spicy way to start your day. A quick stovetop tomato sauce is topped with a perfectly fried egg for the ultimate 'stick to your ribs' breakfast recipe! Vegetarian, grain free, gluten free with dairy free, Paleo and Whole30 options.
- 2 Tablespoons Oil
- 6 Garlic Cloves (peeled, finely chopped)
- 1/2 teaspoon Kosher Salt
- 1/4 teaspoon Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
- 1/2 teaspoon Dried Oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon Dried Basil
- 28 ounce Can Crushed Tomatoes
- 1 Tablespoon Ghee or Oil (divided)
- 4 Large Eggs
- 3 ounces Shredded Mozzarella/Parm Cheese (optional)
- Fresh Italian Parsley (chopped)
Warm oil over medium heat in large skillet. Add garlic, salt, red pepper flakes, oregano and basil. Sauté while stirring for 2 minutes or until garlic is lightly golden. Add tomatoes and simmer for 2 minutes.
While the sauce is simmering, melt 1/2 teaspoon of oil or ghee in large skillet over medium/low heat. Add 2 eggs to skillet and allow the edges to turn white. Season with salt and pepper. add a small splash of water to the pan and cover with lid. Cook for approximately 2 minutes or until the whites are done and the yolks still yellow. Repeat these steps with second batch of eggs.
Spoon sauce into serving bowls. Top with fried egg, shredded cheese and parsley.
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