Baked Eggs With Beans and Greens
Consider this a heartier version of the classic Italian dish “eggs in purgatory,” which works well for breakfast, lunch or dinner. It’s also very forgiving. If you’d rather keep this a vegetarian meal, skip the sausage. No chickpeas? No problem. Any white bean will work well in its place. Same with the greens. Use what you have (anything that wilts works). Sprinkling the dish with grated cheese before serving is not required, but it sure does taste good. Serve with thick slices of toasted sesame bread slathered with plenty of softened butter.
- Serves: 4 persons
- 2tablespoons olive oil
- ½pound sweet or spicy Italian sausage, casings removed (optional)
- 1medium yellow onion, thinly sliced
- 1(15-ounce) can chickpeas or white beans, drained and rinsed
- 2garlic cloves, finely chopped
- Kosher salt
- 1(28-ounce) can whole tomatoes, gently crushed by hand
- 4cups stemmed and packed roughly chopped greens such as spinach, kale or Swiss chard
- 6large eggs
- Black pepper
- 2tablespoons mixed herbs, such as Italian parsley and basil, for garnish
- Grated cheese, such as pecorino or Parmesan, for serving (optional)
Step 1Heat the oven to 375 degrees. Heat the olive oil in a 12-inch ovenproof skillet over medium heat. If using the sausage, add to the pan and cook, breaking it into 1/2-inch pieces, by pressing with the back of spatula or wooden spoon until crisp and cooked through, about 8 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside.
Step 2Add the onion to the skillet and cook until softened, about 3 to 5 minutes. Add the chickpeas and the garlic and cook until the garlic is fragrant, about 1 minute. Season with salt. Add the sausage back to the pan along with the tomatoes and stir to combine. Bring to a simmer and gradually add in the chopped greens by the handful, tossing together until wilted. Season with salt.
Step 3Using a spoon, create hollows in the sauce and gently crack the eggs into each, and season the eggs with salt and pepper. Transfer to the oven and cook until the eggs are set, about 7 to 9 minutes. Scatter the herbs on top along with a tablespoon or two of grated cheese, if using.