Spicy Baked Eggs

Another name for these Spicy Baked Eggs could easily be Hangover Breakfast. They combine all the elements that I want in a breakfast when the night before might have been too much fun: gluten, fat and spice! And if a breakfast pizza, loaded with cheese, eggs, bacon, sausage and chilli is not in easy reach (why do so few places make breakfast pizzas?), this is a great alternative.

Spicy Baked Eggs

And even if the evening before does not need to be medicated with comfort food, this is a much less stressful way of serving breakfast for a crowd. Forget about getting the timing of each one’s fried eggs right or the scrambled eggs drying out.

Spicy Baked Eggs

Also known as the North African dish, Shakshouka, the orignial recipe is vegetarian in nature and does not have any cheese or meat, while in the Middle East and Spain you can find it served with spicy sausage. There is also the famous Mexican version, Huevos Rancheros, but the eggs are usually scrambled and not kept whole.

Spicy Baked Eggs

I think adding the ground beef just makes preparation easier and means you have breakfast pretty much all in one dish. Adjust the chilli to your personal preference. Try to get the best bread you can to mop up all that delicious sauce.

Spicy Baked Eggs

Ingredients

  • splash of olive oil
  • 1 red onion, finely sliced
  • 1 clove garlic, mashed
  • 1-2 fresh chillies, chopped (seeds removed if prefered) or 1 teaspoon dried chilli flakes
  • 500g ground beef mince
  • 1 teaspoon beef stock (fond or powder)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Tomato Sauce
  • splash of olive oil
  • 1 red onion, finely sliced
  • 1 clove garlic, mashed
  • 1-2 fresh chillies, chopped (seeds removed if prefered) or 1 teaspoon dried chilli flakes
  • 2 x 410g tinned chopped tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • good pinch of salt and cracked black pepper
  • Other
  • 4 - 6 eggs
  • 100g grated mature cheddar cheese
  • To Serve
  • mature cheddar cheese
  • sliced pickled jalapeno
  • 1 avocado, cubed
  • chopped coriander

Instructions

  1. Heat the oil and add all the ingredients.
  2. Brown the meat over a high heat.
  3. Once browned, simmer over a medium high heat while stirring regularly until the beef is cooked and all the liquid has evaporated - about 10 minutes.
  4. Set aside.
  5. Tomato Sauce
  6. Heat the oil and add all the ingredients.
  7. Bring to a fast boil and reduce the heat to medium high and simmer the sauce, stirring regularly, until it has thickened a bit - about 10 minutes.
  8. Check the seasoning.
  9. Assembly
  10. Preheat the grill of the oven.
  11. Spoon the ground beef into an oven proof dish.
  12. Cover the meat with the tomato sauce.
  13. Make 4 - 6 (depending on the amount of eggs you are using) indents in the mixture and break an egg into each indent.
  14. Sprinkle with 2 thirds of the grated cheese and place in the middle of the oven.
  15. Bake for about 10 minutes until the cheese is bubbling and the white of the eggs have set but the yolks still runny.
  16. Serve with some more grated cheese, chopped coriander, sliced pickled jalapenos and slices of good bread.
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