THE TROUGH: Middle-Eastern Style Eggs in Tomato Sauce

I’m only very occasionally an adventurous, ambitious cook. Mostly, I’m lazy, particularly during the week when I’m already thinking fondly of sleep as soon as I walk in the door. This is a dish that has a number of great qualities from my perspective: it’s fast, requires very little prep work, tastes amazing, and can be easily altered to accommodate tastes or whims. I don’t remember precisely where this recipe came from, but there are variations all over the internet. This one’s mine.


Homemade harissa is best!

One or two pints of diced canned tomatoes in their juice (we typically use home-canned, but it’s late in the season and those have all been consumed)
One can of chickpeas. a.k.a. garbanzo beans (you can also use dried, but I can’t figure why you’d want to take the time)
Six to eight eggs
One medium onion
2 Tbsp olive oil
1-2 Tbsp ground cumin
1-2 Tbsp ground coriander
2-4 Tbsp chopped cilantro
Harissa to taste
Salt and pepper to taste

8 oz. feta,  crumbled

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
Heat olive oil in a wide, heavy-bottomed oven-proof pan.
Sautee onion until just soft (approximately 3 minutes). Add cumin and coriander (note: use more spices if you’re using a greater amount of tomato), and continue to sautee until fragrant.wpid-cam00587.jpg
Drain and rinse chickpeas and add to the pan. Add tomatoes, and cook on medium- high until simmering. Add harissa, salt, and pepper to taste. If you’re super Minnesotan and can’t take spicy things, you can skip the harissa. Continue simmering until flavors combine and sauce thickens.
Raise heat to high. Make a few holes in the chickpea-tomato mixture, and crack eggs directly into them. Continue until you’ve added as m as many eggs as you like.
Put the pan in your oven until the egg whites are set (about 5 minutes).
Garnish with feta and cilantro. You can also add a little more harissa, if you feel so inclined. Serve with crusty bread for scooping up all the yummy tomato sauce.


The final product, including bread for sopping up sauce.

Not to be outdone by Sally, Damon and I had a Madonna dance party/sing-along. Our playlist included:
Like a Prayer
Papa Don’t Preach
La Isla Bonita (at my insistance)
Lucky Star
Like a Prayer (yes, again)


Damon dancing to “Like a Prayer” while Abacus looks on, convinced that his dad is convulsing in some horrible way.


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