Breakfast of Champions

Eggs in a Wintry Kale and Tomato Sauce

By • February 20, 2014 • 15 Comments

Each Thursday, Emily Vikre (a.k.a fiveandspice) will be sharing a new way to love breakfast -- because breakfast isn't just the most important meal of the day. It's also the most awesome.

Today: A breakfast to cuddle up with.

Kale shakshuka from Food52

I love shakshuka. I make it almost once a week. There are few things that warm my heart and soul like eggs poached in a cumin-y, paprika-y tomato sauce. For some reason, though, I never make the Italian version of eggs in tomato sauce, in spite of its wonderfully evocative name, “eggs in Purgatory.”

Maybe I have an unacknowledged subconscious fear of Purgatory? Maybe I just never don’t add cumin and paprika to something when that thing could have cumin and paprika.   

This week, however, cozied up inside on yet another snow day (I wish I had invested in hot cocoa stocks earlier this winter! I would have made a killing by now.), I thought, ‘actually, today I may not want cumin and paprika." My mind turned to the wonderfully simple but richly flavorful “winter tomato sauce” from Lynne Rosseto Kasper’s tome, The Splendid Table. No disrespect to Marcella and her most excellent sauce, but in midwinter, there’s just something about Lynne’s, filled as it is with niblets of vegetables and the fragrance of wintery herbs, that speaks to me more.

I decided to stew up a batch, and I added some thinly ribboned kale to make it even heartier, and stewier, and because we all add kale to everything these days, don’t we? I cracked in my eggs, cooked them until they were barely set, broke off a chunk of bread, and I feasted -- and figured the snow days can just keep coming if they want to. I have eggs in Purgatory. And I may still have time to invest in hot cocoa stocks.  

Kale Shakshuka from Food52 

Eggs in a Wintry Kale and Tomato Sauce

Serves 4 to 8

3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 yellow onion, peeled and minced
1 small carrot, scrubbed and minced
1 small celery stalk, minced
3 tablespoons Italian (flat-leaf) parsley, minced
1 large clove of garlic, minced
One 1-inch sprig fresh rosemary
1 to 2 sprigs fresh thyme
1 bunch lacinto kale, washed and finely chopped
1 tablespoon tomato paste
One 28-ounce can of whole San Marzano tomatoes
Salt and pepper
4 to 8 large eggs (depending on how many each person wants to eat)
2 ounces crumbled goat cheese, for serving (optional)

See the full recipe (and save and print it) here. 

Photos by Emily Vikre

 

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Tags: breakfast, everyday cooking, kale, tomato sauce, eggs, healthy

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5 months ago Jessica

I made this last night. I love how flexible this recipe is, it'll be easy to play with if you have different greens, fresh tomatoes, etc. The goat cheese definitely added a layer of decadence!

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5 months ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Totally flexible. It's a recipe that caters beautifully to your mood and what you have on hand!

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5 months ago vivanat

This recipe got me out of bed today. Delicious!

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5 months ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Glad to help start your day right!

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5 months ago Tereza

This would be so perfect on a snowy day! Looks beautiful!

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5 months ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Thanks!

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5 months ago Kenzi Wilbur

Kenzi is the Managing Editor of Food52.

I need this for dinner tonight.

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5 months ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Yes. You do.

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5 months ago cookinginvictoria

F&S, I love the streamlined Shakshuka recipe on your blog that can be made with pantry ingredients (http://fiveandspice.com...). It's a weekday night staple for us too, and the fact that it doesn't have harissa means that my eight year old daughter will eat it. But this Italian spin on eggs poached in tomato sauce looks pretty tasty too. Must try this soon. BTW, The Splendid Table is one of my all-time favorite cookbooks! :)

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5 months ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Thanks CIV! Glad you enjoy the streamlined shakshuka! That's the one I make pretty much every week. But now I might have to start alternating it with this one regularly. And I agree, The Splendid Table is amazing, as is Lynne Rosetto Kasper. I love her.

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5 months ago aargersi

Abbie is a trusted source on General Cooking.

I need this for breakfast, lunch and dinner, sans that crappy snow part (we will be in the 80's today! Whoop!)

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5 months ago healthierkitchen

I agree! I would eat this any time of day!

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5 months ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Me too. It really is good any time of day. 80's Abbie?! Wow. I have to admit, I would do a lot to have an 80 degree day right now. :)

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5 months ago Marian Bull

Marian is Food52's Associate Editor.

This recipe speaks to my soul. My soul needs this recipe. Perhaps this recipe will keep my soul out of Purgatory. QED I have to make it immediately.

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5 months ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Preach! ;)