No. 68: Eggs Baked in Tomatoes – 14.10.12
As most people know, I love Nigel Slater. Every single time I try one of his recipes, I fall in love even further. They are divine. Anyway, in the summer I stumbled across across a copy of his “Real Fast Food”for a quid in a charity shop so snatched it up and took it home with me. I haven’t really had a chance to look through it but last night I wanted something very very simple. I was not in the mood for thinking but needed to try a new recipe and this was perfect. So simple, you defiantly want to get the best quality ingredients for it!
I have no idea how many this serves, I’m going to say 2 baked eggs per person for a nice filling meal. There were no specific quantities so this serves 1
Preheat the oven to 180oC
2 large and I mean LARGE Tomatoes
1 clove of garlic, crushed or minced
Salt and Pepper
2 tbsp double cream
Pinches of any chopped herb of your choice
Sprinkle of Parmesan cheese
Slice the tomatoes in half horizontally and scoop out the seeds. Sprinkle with a bit of salt and a bit of the crushed garlic.
Break an egg very carefully into each egg, not letting too much of the egg white into the tomato and season with salt and pepper.
Spoon over a tablespoon of double cream over each egg, season again with salt and pepper and add a few chopped herbs of your choice! Finish off with a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese and bake in the preheated over for 15-20minutes until the egg has just set. Serve with a croûton of bread fried till golden in olive oil (optional)
And that, as they say, was that! I say you NEED large tomatoes because I got small/medium ones (there were no large ones in the shop I was in…) and they were disastrous! They fell over, spilled out and bahhhhh it was so annoying! One stayed standing which was fine! I really liked the textures and flavours in this, the sweet soft tomato, the creamy egg (especially from the double cream), the subtle flavours of the herbs, garlic and the sharp salty cheese. I used thyme as I thought it would work nicely with the egg and some basil for the tomato which was delicious! Quick, simple and you can play around with the different herbs you place in it :)