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Spiced Baked Eggs

It’s 6am on a Sunday and I have to go to work. It’s dark and it’s cold. It would be eerily silent if it weren’t for the episode of Nigel Slater’s Simple Suppers I have on in the background that I recorded off Sky. Hungry Hubby is fast asleep and is likely to remain as so well into mid morning, when he’ll be getting up to get ready for a day of watching the football. By this time, I’ll have been running ragged for several hours at work looking after my head and neck surgery patients. Although there will be moments of happiness when I make a patient smile as best they can, be it through some medical intervention or something more holistic it’s an emotionally taxing job and real, hard graft. Despite the rewards, I long to be home preparing brunch for my sleepy hubby, filling our home with the scent of a rich, warmly spiced tomato sauce and garlicky potato cubes roasting in the oven in making my Spiced Baked Eggs.

Spiced baked eggs

This is our most favourite of all homemade weekend brunches when we’re not eating out for breakfast. It’s something I created one day just going with the flow and have recreated and evolved over and over into the recipe before you this morning. Much of my savoury cooking is like this – I just cook on instinct, not following a recipe. Although I now know baked eggs in a tomato sauce exist in many cultures here is how I do it. Shakshuka fans should love this. It’s a rich dish but it’s a heart warming one too – one also welcomed midweek for dinner when we arrive home cold, starving with nowt in the fridge.  Uncharacteristically, I’m leaving you with this short post in the earnest hope that whilst I dash off to work, someone is enticed to try this dish for their loved one, this dark but becoming sunnier Sunday morning.

Spiced Baked Eggs
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Spiced Baked Eggs

An almost one pot brunch dish of eggs in a simply spiced tomato sauce served with crisp garlicky potatoes. 

Servings: 2
Author: Just Jo
Ingredients
  • 1 large baking potato cubed
  • 1 red pepper chopped
  • 1 onion chopped red or white
  • 1 tin tomatoes around 400g
  • Optional - squirt of ketchup or tomato purée
  • 1 tbsp + 2 tbsp garlic oil
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp sumac
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika hot or sweet
  • 4 eggs
  • Maldon salt & cracked black pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 200˚C.
  2. Toss your potatoes with the 1 tbsp garlic oil, season well and pop in the oven (I dice the potato before I do anything else so it's in the oven for about 30 mins whilst I prep and cook the rest).
  3. Check half way through cooking and toss the spuds to get them crisp on all sides.
  4. Heat the rest of the oil in a large frying pan with a lid if you have one - if not, get a baking tray out to use as a lid later.
  5. Chop your onion as rough or as fine as you like - add to the oil and soften, not brown.
  6. Sprinkle on the powdered spices and stir for a minute as they cook.
  7. Add in your chopped red (well, any colour but the too bitter green!) pepper.
  8. If using, stir in a heaping tbsp's worth of ketchup or tomato purée.
  9. Tip in the tinned tomatoes and follow with upto half a can of water if you think it looks too dry (sometimes it does for me, sometimes it doesn't - you want to end up with a thick sauce in the end...).
  10. Pop the lid over for 10 mins to soften the pepper.
  11. Remove lid, stir well and turn heat down to low-medium , make 4 "wells" in the sauce with the back of a ladle or spoon and crack your eggs right on top.
  12. Sprinkle with seasoning and pop your lid back on - I cook my eggs for about 7 mins until the white is set but the yolk still a teeny bit soft in the middle - adjust by a minute either side to suit your own preferences.
  13. To serve pop half the potatoes on each shallow bowl then spoon the eggs carefully next to them with plenty of the richly spiced tomato sauce - dig in and mop up with some delicious bread!
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18 Comments

  1. frugalfeeding 19/02/2012 at 15:04 - Reply

    Thanks for sharing this, it looks truly spectacular!

    • jobakes 19/02/2012 at 16:19 - Reply

      Well. if that isn’t the bestest compliment ever I don’t know what is! Merci Frugal! 😀

  2. Neil 19/02/2012 at 17:20 - Reply

    Nom Nom Nom
    It’s amazing xxx

    • jobakes 20/02/2012 at 11:19 - Reply

      Ooo look everybody – it’s Hungry Hubby himself! Making his first ever appearance on my blog! Love you, fuzzy hubs xxx

  3. bettybobkin 19/02/2012 at 17:24 - Reply

    I’m right with you on the idea of having supposedly breakfast dishes for dinner, and often find myself turning to something eggy, or tomato-ey, or cheese-y (or a combination) when I want something that combines all the virtues of quick, cheap, tasty and nourishing !

    • jobakes 20/02/2012 at 11:21 - Reply

      Yup – I love breakfast any time of day. Of course, not when its boring cereal but when it’s something cooked and for me, something with spice in there somewhere I’m set up for whatever the day may bring!

  4. Joost Poort 19/02/2012 at 17:57 - Reply

    I was lucky enough to get this recipe from you some time ago and I absolutely adore it! I love eggs in any shape or form but this was really something special.

    • jobakes 20/02/2012 at 11:22 - Reply

      Yup – you got the sneaky preview Joost! And inadvertently tested the recipe for me – it’s always great to know it wasn’t just a fluke that it worked for me lol! So glad you enjoy it so much, my lil egg-monster-muncher!

  5. thePatternedPlate 19/02/2012 at 19:14 - Reply

    I too, like Ms. Bobkin, really love a breakfast meal for dinner. Something rahter comforting in that, though it probably has to do with my dad’s midnight toast and eggs feast! I love this post Jodie…..its very warming :-))

    And love, I’ve given your lovely blog a wee award….. 😉
    http://thepatternedplate.wordpress.com/2012/02/19/award/

    • jobakes 20/02/2012 at 11:24 - Reply

      Oooo! Cor blimey! Off I gooooooooooo to investigate further! :O

      So glad you like the post Carrie – your opinion really matters to me as I trust you to not render it without thought and honesty MWAH XXX

      • thePatternedPlate 21/02/2012 at 09:27 - Reply

        You lay too much store by what I say, hun! And you don’t need to either, your instincts lead you right anyways LOL! Can’t wait to see who you select :-))

        • jobakes 21/02/2012 at 09:39 - Reply

          Oh don’t worry – I also do what I want in the end but I admire you greatly for all your foodie talents and blogging prowess, why wouldn’t I listen to what you say?

          P.s. I should have said a big thank you for fixing this post and publishing it for me. Did you hear the scream in Doha from me when I realised I’d pasted when I should have copied and had to rewrite the whole damn post en route to work only to discover I couldn’t use the computers in the hospital to upload pictures aaarghhhhh?!?!?! *And breathe*! 😀

          • thePatternedPlate 21/02/2012 at 09:47

            Nightmare and when you want to get a post out, you just *HAVE* to get a post out! LOL! Know what that feels like…and am glad I could help :-))

  6. Bryan 20/02/2012 at 18:19 - Reply

    Yummy, what a breakfast! Love your Creuset, you can do so many things with that.

    • jobakes 20/02/2012 at 20:17 - Reply

      Ah, that’s my Tassie the Turquoise casserole! She was a special purchase just before Christmas and I adore her. It was a proper bargain at a Le Creuset outlet shop :). And yup – those eggs are a real treat and at las, one I don’t feel guilty for eating! 😉

  7. NickkiT 03/06/2012 at 09:34 - Reply

    Jodie just wanted to let you know that I’m just about to make this recipe 🙂 I’ve woken up in need of something substantial and warming (oo-er that could sound a bit rude!!) so I remembered I hadn’t tried this recipe yet. Looking forward to trying it 🙂

    • Jo Blogs 03/06/2012 at 09:37 - Reply

      Lol well substantial it is Nic! I hope you enjoy it – I wish I was having this instead of my rice crispies!

      • NickkiT 03/06/2012 at 10:00 - Reply

        I know I SHOULD be having my yoghurt and fruit but I really need something decent this morning! I’ll just have to work extra hard at the gym tomorrow morning lol 🙂 But it could be worse..it’s much healthier than the usual Sunday morning fry up we have when John is at home! 😉

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