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Tomato-Poached Eggs with Sardinian Music Bread (Ovos kin Tomate e Casu)

Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross
Yield 4 servings
You'll find variations of this dish throughout Sardinia, but four ingredients all cooks keep on hand are pane carasau, tomatoes, pecorino Sardo (a sheep's-milk cheese), and eggs. Thin, crispy pane carasau is a staple in Sardinia, but you can substitute crisp lavosh for a similar crunch. Chop whole peeled tomatoes in the can with kitchen shears for easy cleanup.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/3 cup sliced green onions
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
  • 2 (14.5-ounce) cans whole plum tomatoes, undrained and coarsely chopped (such as San Marzano)
  • 4 large eggs
  • 4 sheets pane carasau (Sardinian music bread), each broken into 4 wedges
  • 1/2 cup (2 ounces) finely grated aged pecorino Sardo
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil

Nutrition Information

  • calories 474
  • fat 17.1 g
  • satfat 5 g
  • monofat 8 g
  • polyfat 1.6 g
  • protein 21.7 g
  • carbohydrate 61.2 g
  • fiber 8.3 g
  • cholesterol 226 mg
  • iron 6.8 mg
  • sodium 836 mg
  • calcium 267 mg

How to Make It

  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onions and garlic to pan; cook 3 minutes or until fragrant, stirring often. Stir in 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and tomatoes; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  2. Reduce heat to low. Working with one egg at a time, crack eggs over tomato mixture, about 1 inch apart in pan. Sprinkle eggs with remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Cover and cook 5 minutes or until desired degree of doneness. Remove from heat.

  3. Arrange 4 wedges pane carasau on each of 4 plates; spoon 3/4 cup sauce over each serving. Top each serving with 1 egg, and sprinkle with 2 tablespoons grated cheese. Top each serving with 1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh basil.