Last week, tired after digging in the garden before lunch, Eddie and I came back home and fancied something light and easy for lunch. The day before I bought some lovely big tomatoes. Why don't we prepare Eggs Baked in Tomatoes. My recipe is adapted from Nigel Slater's dish (Real Fast Food), which he in his turn has adapted from Margaret Costa.
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Eggs baked in tomatoes (serves 2)
2 big tomatoes
2 medium or small eggs
1 tsp of Luchito Smoked chilli honey (optional)
2tbsp single cream
2tsp grated parmesan
to serve with toasted bread, pickles, cheese
Cut the tops (hats) off the tomatoes and using a teaspoon, scoop out the seeds and fleshy bits from inside, so that you get containers. Tip them over for the juice to run out. Use the seeds and liquid later for a sauce for another dish.
Add half a teaspoon of Luchito smoked chilli honey to the bottom of each tomato container. You can certainly add more, but my version is child-friendly, unless you have little fire-eaters who don't mind the heat of the chillis. Carefully break eggs into the tomatoes, you might need to leave some of the egg white out, as you need some space for the single cream which goes on top of the egg.
Season with salt. Place the tomatoes in a small size ceramic dish or roasting dish. Bake them for about 15-20 minutes in the oven preheated to 180C. Sprinkle with the grated parmesan for the last five minutes of baking.
Toast the multiseeded bread and cut into triangles or soldiers for dipping in the eggy inside.
As my little man loves pickled cornichons and Babybel cheese, he insisted on having them with his lunch. I had my baked egg with a bit of rocket salad.
This would have been a vegetarian dish with a different cheese, but you can easily substitute it for any other hard cheese.
As a variation of the popular egg and soldiers is was definitely a big success with my son.
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