The Best Part of Waking Up is...Eggs in Purgatory

Weekends are my favorite. Obviously.

For two whole days I am (mostly) free to do as I wish, and usually that means not putting on a bra or brushing my teeth until 9am. It also means I can spend some time in the kitchen cooking my favorite meal of the day: Breakfast.

We rarely dine out for breakfast. Perhaps it's because making a kick ass breakfast at home is so incredibly easy, and really, really frugal.

On Saturday mornings John is sleeping in, and I roll out of bed at my usual time (between 6 and 7am) to meditate, read my devotional, or stalk the fridge for the ingredients for an amazing breakfast.

Last week I made a spicy Eggs in Purgatory, which can best be described as eggs poached in a spicy tomato sauce. So spicy. So delicious. So simple.

This recipe is adapted from Dr. Perlmutter's The Grain Brain Cookbook.

First, gather the following ingredients: 

  • olive oil, for the pan
  • 1/2 of a medium yellow onion
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1/2 of a red bell pepper
  • 1/2 of a jalapeno
  • 2 cups of tomato sauce
  • 2 T. tomato paste
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 4 eggs
  • salt and pepper
  • fresh cilantro, for garnish

Here's how to create this spicy masterpiece: 

1. Preheat the oven to 350*
2. Heat the oil in a large, oven-safe skillet over medium-high heat.
3. Cook the onion, garlic, red bell pepper and jalapeno until soft. 
4. Stir in the tomato paste and tomato sauce, along with cumin and red pepper flakes and cook until the sauce begins to reduce a little bit. This will take maybe 10 minutes? 
5. Turn the heat off and crack the 4 eggs into the skillet. 
6. Place the whole skillet into the oven and bake for about 10 minutes, or until the whites are cooked and the yolks are slightly runny. 

This dish is pretty spicy. It definitely cleared our nasal passages. If you want to tone down the heat, you can omit either the jalapeno or the crushed red pepper. Or, simply use both varieties of pepper as your taste buds allow.

You know what would be really good with this? Some bacon or sausage. You can enter to win FREE fresh beef or pork on our previous post HERE.

Tell me about your favorite homemade breakfast! Leave a comment and help me amp up my weekend breakfast game. 

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  1. We love Sausage Puffs.
    1 lb cooked/browned sausage
    3 cups baking mix
    4 C shredded cheese
    3/4 C water
    Mix together and make into 1.5" balls or I use my ice cream scoop and place on a greased cookie sheet. Bake at 400 degrees for 12-15 minutes until golden brown. I make a big batch of these and freeze them. They great to re-heat for quick work/school day breakfast. I have also cut the batch in half for a smaller crowd. Not necessarily a great weekend breakfast, but a great breakfast for the week during the cold winter months.

  2. Eggs are my favorite and I eat the a lot since they are a part of my daily workout diet. This looks like something I should try this week. Thanks for sharing it.

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