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Eggs Baked Over a Spicy Vegetable Ragout

  • 50 m
  • 1 h 10 m
EatingWell Test Kitchen
“This rustic dish typifies Mediterranean home cooking at its best: a full-flavored vegetable stew is topped with eggs to become a main dish. Any hot sauce you have on hand will add a nice jolt of heat, but for a complex, authentic flavor, try harissa, a chile paste from North Africa.”

Ingredients

    • 3 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
    • 1 small eggplant, cut into ½-inch cubes
    • 1 medium onion, chopped
    • 1 large red bell pepper, diced
    • 6 cloves garlic, minced
    • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
    • ⅛- ¼ teaspoon hot sauce, such as Hot pepper
    • 1 medium summer squash, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced
    • 1 14-ounce can diced tomatoes
    • ¼ cup water
    • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley, divided
    • ⅛ teaspoon salt
    • Freshly ground pepper to taste
    • 4 large large eggs

Directions

  • 1 Preheat oven to 400°F. Coat a shallow 2-quart baking dish with cooking spray.
  • 2 Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add eggplant and cook, stirring frequently, until browned and softened, 5 to 7 minutes. Transfer to a plate.
  • 3 Heat the remaining 1 teaspoon oil in a Dutch oven or large deep saute pan over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 3 to 5 minutes. Add bell pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 3 to 5 minutes. Add garlic, cumin and hot sauce and cook until fragrant, 15 to 30 seconds. Stir in squash, tomatoes, water and the eggplant. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Stir in 2 tablespoons parsley, salt and pepper.
  • 4 Spread the vegetable ragout in the prepared baking dish. Make 4 shallow wells in the ragout and gently crack 1 egg into each well, being careful not to break yolks.
  • 5 Bake, uncovered, until the eggs are barely set, 10 to 12 minutes. (Caution: Eggs can overcook very quickly. Check them often and remove from the oven when they still look a little underdone; they will continue to cook in the hot ragout. If the baking dish is ceramic, the cooking time will be closer to 12 minutes. A glass dish will cook eggs much faster.) Sprinkle with the remaining 1 tablespoon parsley. Serve immediately.
  • Make Ahead Tip: Prepare through Step 3, cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days. Reheat before continuing.
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