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Recipe: Baked Eggs and Greens in Harissa Tomato Sauce

These baked eggs are as good for a speedy weeknight dinner as they are for a festive brunch

By House & Garden South Africa | June 21, 2022 | Recipes

Is there a tastier team effort? We think not. MVP: the pan-crisped croutons, which soak up just enough sauce to create wonderfully crispy-gone-soggy texture. Some brands of harissa are spicier than others, so be sure to taste as you go and adjust the crushed red pepper flake usage depending on how spicy you’d like your finished product.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 800g can whole peeled tomatoes
  • ½ small loaf country-style bread, torn into 5cm pieces (about 3 cups)
  • 5 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil, divided, plus more for serving
  • Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped
  • 3 Tbsp. capers
  • ¼ tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • 3 Tbsp. harissa paste
  • 1 Tbsp. double-concentrated tomato paste
  • 1 bunch Tuscan kale, ribs and stems removed, leaves coarsely chopped
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup plain full fate Greek yoghurt
  • Coarsely chopped parsley (for serving)

RECIPE PREPARATION

  1. Preheat oven to 220°C. Place tomatoes in a medium bowl and crush with your hands into small pieces. Set aside.
  2. Place bread in a large bowl. Drizzle 2 Tbsp. oil over and season with salt and black pepper; toss to coat.
  3. Heat 2 Tbsp. oil in a medium ovenproof high-sided skillet over medium-high. Transfer bread to skillet, arranging in an even layer; reserve bowl. Cook bread, undisturbed, until browned and crisp underneath, about 3 minutes. Continue to cook, tossing occasionally, until browned and crisp on all sides, about 3 minutes more. Return to the reserved bowl.
  4. Pour remaining 1 Tbsp. oil into skillet. Add garlic, capers, and red pepper flakes. Cook, stirring often, until starting to soften, about 1 minute. Add harissa paste and tomato paste and cook, stirring constantly, until garlic and capers are coated and pastes are dark red, about 1 minute.
  5. Add kale and reserved tomatoes; season with salt and black pepper. Cook, stirring often, until kale is slightly wilted and sauce is slightly thickened, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat.
  6. Stir toasted bread into sauce, then make 4 wells in mixture. Crack an egg into each well and season with salt and black pepper. Transfer skillet to oven and bake mixture until egg whites are set but yolks are still runny, 5–8 minutes.
  7. To serve, dollop yoghurt on top of baked eggs, drizzle with more oil, and scatter parsley over.

Recipe and food styling by Kendra Vaculin