Thursday, March 1, 2012
Creamy Egg Marinara Breakfast Dip
We know what you are thinking. Breakfast dip? What is this? And who wants to dip things in the morning? Well, we prefer the term breakfast dip over “eggs baked in tomato sauce,” and let’s face it, dipping is a super fun activity. Don’t we all love dipping our fries, chips, crackers, vegetables, fruits, etc. into various concoctions? And isn’t the appeal the actual act of dipping? We believe so, and we believe wholeheartedly that dipping needs to be brought to the morning.
The sauce recipe is adapted from Marcella Hazan’s fabulous recipe for tomato sauce with onion and butter. We threw a bit of fresh herbs in to give it a woodsy element, and some crushed red pepper for heat. We liked the way the sauce works with the creaminess of the freshly punctured eggs.
28 ounce can whole peeled tomatoes in juice
1 onion, peeled and cut in half
5 tablespoons butter
1 small sprig rosemary
2 sprigs thyme
salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper
2 cups arugula
2 garlic cloves, sliced
¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
¼ cup chopped basil
1 baguette, sliced
¼ cup olive oil
salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese
To make the tomato sauce: Place tomatoes, butter, onion, rosemary, thyme, and salt in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to simmer. Reduce heat to low and continue simmering for 45 minutes. Stir occasionally. Remove from heat and take out the onion, and sprigs of rosemary and thyme. Seth doesn’t like chunks of tomato, so we use an immersion blender to puree the sauce. Add crushed red pepper if desired. I like doing this step the night before and refrigerating the sauce until I need it the next day.
To prepare the dip: Heat oven to 350. In a baking dish, layer the arugula and place the slices of garlic over the arugula. Put half the sauce over that. Break the eggs into the sauce. Cover with remaining sauce. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese. Bake for about 24 minutes. The whites should be set, and the yolk should still be runny. When done, scatter the basil on top. We like to break the eggs as soon as the dip comes out of the oven to ensure they remain runny, and we mix it all together.
Baguette dippers: Brush the olive oil on baguette slices. Sprinkle the salt, freshly ground black pepper, and Parmesan cheese. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes.