Baked Eggs & Tomatoes & Whaaat? ♥

Easy lazy morning foodYes, those are little fishy anchovy guys draped amid the tomatoes and eggs. I love their salty contribution but for anyone who's anchovy skittish, the eggs and tomatoes are entirely gorgeous, all on their own.

This is an easy breakfast recipe, one to make spur of the moment some lazy weekend while the tomatoes are still luscious. I used thick slices of fresh San Marzano tomatoes: beautiful.

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REVISITING a COOKBOOK Some years back, my long-time friend Lisa (and soon-to-be Portland food blogger!) recommended Janet Mandel's My Kitchen in Spain and its '225 Authentic Regional Recipes'. I made a thing or two but felt uninspired. Then I remade Summer Vegetable Stew (because so many of you were clicking on it, thank you for the reminder!) and it was soooo delicious. I rifled back through the cookbook and found myself wanting to make every single recipe! So don't be surprised to find more as time passes ...

KITCHEN NOTES The inspiring recipe specified adding the eggs to the partly-heated tomatoes and baking for another 4 minutes. Even after 14 minutes, the whole egg was barely cooked but would make raw-egg people (hello, 80K!) squeamish. A second egg, whose yolk broke and dispersed throughout the tomatoes, was perfectly cooked -- in fact, while the dish wouldn't be as pretty, next time I might whisk an egg or two (or my favorite for omelettes, an egg plus two extra whites) and pour over the tomatoes.

NUTRITION NOTES With only 5 net carbs, this is a great addition to the breakfast options in the brand-new low-carb vegetable recipes.

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Hands-on time: 15 minutes
Time to table: 20 - 40 minutes
Serves 1 but easily multiplied

Fresh tomatoes
Parsley, chopped
Dried oregano
1 garlic clove, minced
Salt & pepper to taste
1 teaspoon olive oil (plenty ...)

1 - 2 eggs
1 - 2 anchovy filets, optional

Preheat oven to 375F. Slice tomatoes about 1/3 inch thick and layer in an oven-safe dish, overlapping a bit. Sprinkle with parsley, oregano, garlic and salt and pepper. Drizzle with olive oil. (Wipe the sides of the dish with a damp paper towel if you care about aesthetics.) Bake for about 10 minutes plus whatever time is left to preheat. Carefully slip an egg onto the tomatoes, then place an anchovy or two alongside. Bake for another 4 - 20 minutes, or until whites are cooked and yolk fully heated through. (This will still qualify as 'raw' or 'uncooked' egg for anyone who worries about salmonella.)

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This does sound delicious. Isn't it fun to re-discover an old bookbook like this.

I always forget how wonderful baked egg dishes can be. Oh-so French bistro, which is perfect for brunch for two.

Baked eggs are such a wholesome, satisfying dish.

Just one word: Yum!

Alanna this is so simple and so wonderful. This is perfect and I'll go for just the egg whites! This will be our breakfast this morning! Thanks.

Who doesn't like anchovies?

The trick is to get the good ones, like the French or Spanish fishies packed in oil or salt. I can't imagine what life would be like without the salty little devils...

Kalyn ~ I'm just intrigued that what ONCE didn't appeal, now does.

Lydia ~ Magic, for sure. And the closest I'm come to a French bistro for brunch!

Cynthia ~ Indeed!

Lisa ~ Or maybe two? Yum! Yum!

Tanna ~ Happy Breakfast!

David ~ Good point! My introduction to anchovies was just the little tins. I've upgraded now, to Spanish salt-packed anchovies in a larger (and considerably pricier) container but they've been in the frig for a few months now, seem to be 'keeping' just fine. Thanks for the reminder!

I just found your blog and have been looking thru the recipes. I just made the Gaslight eggs. Yumm!
Can't wait to try more of your recipes.

Eggsellant! We are one of those suburban people who have backyard chickens, four to be exact, and we always have more eggs than we know what to do with. I happened to have roma tomatoes sitting around the kitchen this morning, so decided to give this a try. I'd read another recipe that sounded really awesome so decided to sort of combine the two. Between the layer of romas, I added pesto. I adore baked tomatoes and the taste was out of this world!!!! I didn't have any anchovies, but love them, too. Next time I'll try to have a jar on hand. This is a winner, and will be made again!

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