Eggs in Purgatory

    Eggs in Purgatory

Eggs in Purgatory

I have to tell you a recipe with a name like that, kind of scares me a little.  I am a good little catholic girl after all!  The purgatory is not a place I aspire to be in!

Purgatory according Merriam Webster On-Line Dictionary:
1: an intermediate state after death for expiatory purification; specifically : a place or state of punishment wherein according to Roman Catholic doctrine the souls of those who die in God’s grace may make satisfaction for past sins and so become fit for heaven
2: a place or state of temporary suffering or misery
(thank you MWOLD)
So I have to say, if I go according to this recipe then wow! these eggs must be in a serious state of trouble.  I am only kidding.  The eggs were good little eggs and caused no harm or pain to anyone to deserve going to the purgatory.  I believe it is simply a take on the red sauce and the “devilish” look of it all 😉
Heavenly Eggs

Heavenly Eggs

This is a simple way to prepare eggs.  You can easily make it for 1, 2 or really any number of people you have in mind.  It can be served for breakfast, lunch or dinner.  I must say it is especially good with a nice glass of red wine, curled on the couch watching your favorite TV shows.  I speak from experience!
Note: this is for 1 lovely person….multiply as you see fit!
1 egg
1 garlic clove finely chopped
1/4 onion thinly sliced
3/4 cup leftover marinara sauce (your favorite will work)
A pinch of dried pepper flakes (optional)
1 teaspoon fresh oregano finely chopped
2 teaspoons fresh basil (separated)
2 tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese
How to:
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
Preparing the sauce:  In a medium saucepan heat 1 tablespoon olive oil.  Add your onion and garlic.  Cook on medium low for 3-4 minutes until soft and fragrant.  Carefully add your marinara sauce and gently stir.  Let this cook for a few minutes while you prepare your ramekin (or any small oven proof dish)  You want your sauce to reduce slightly and thicken.  Butter your ramekin or use cooking spray.  Set aside.  Add your dried pepper flakes (if using), fresh oregano and 1 teaspoon of your basil to your sauce.  Gently stir to combine.  Let this cook 1-2 minutes more.  Salt and Pepper to taste.
Option #1:  Add your hot sauce to your prepared dish.  Carefully break your egg on top of your sauce.  Add more salt and pepper if desired.  Put a little foil tent over your dish.  Put in your preheated oven  for 10-12 minutes or until egg is set to your liking.
The Sauce

The Sauce

The Egg

The Egg

    The Tent! ;)

The Tent! 😉

Almost there.....

Almost there…..

Top with Parmesan cheese and additional 1 teaspoon fresh basil.  Serve with buttered toasts.

Option #2:  If you don’t want to mess with ramekins and using your oven you could easily break your egg into your saucepan and cover for a few minutes until egg is set to your liking.  Serve the same way.

Note: if you are making more than one and want to use the saucepan option simply use a larger pan and add all your eggs, try to keep them from touching each other.

OH MY so good.

OH MY GOODNESS….so so good.

Why I use ramekins….presentation I guess, I think it is a nice way to serve individual dishes.  It’s pretty….I like pretty!
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Peace and Expiatory!
Expiatory:1. obsolete : to put an end to
2 a : to extinguish the guilt incurred by b : to make amends for
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18 thoughts on “Eggs in Purgatory

  1. Dear Isabelle, I grew up with “sister school” as a part of my summer vacations. 🙂 Never, ever, in their teachings did they describe “purgatory” like this! I like your version better. 🙂

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