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Eggs in Purgatory Recipe

After a long night of drinking, this dish is exactly what you need to bounce back.
Eggs in Purgatory RecipeMitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

It was a long night, and you feel every last drop of it when your feet hit the floor the next morning. Your head is pounding, your stomach is stirring, your body needs nourishment, but your stomach isn’t sure it can handle eating anything. You don’t need a pile of greasy potatoes, but real food: protein, good carbs, a bit of healthy fat. But not just nutrients—flavors, too: spicy, sweet, creamy, salty. That’s where these (in purgatory) eggs come into play. They offer layers of intense flavors built around some of the healthiest ingredients in the pantry (tomatoes, garlic, whole grains, and, of course, eggs). We like to call this eggs in purgatory recipe our Hangover Helper. Pairs well with two Advil and lots of water and fluids. Eat up, and feel better soon!

Nutrition: 360 calories, 17 g fat (5 g saturated), 680 mg sodium

Serves 4

You’ll Need

1⁄2 cup farro or barley (Farro, an Italian grain loaded with fiber, also goes by the name emmer. Barley or even brown rice also make fine substitutes.)
1⁄2 Tbsp olive oil
2 oz pancetta or bacon, diced
1⁄2 medium onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1⁄2 tsp red pepper flakes
1 can (28 oz) crushed tomatoes
Salt and black pepper to taste
8 eggs

How to Make It

  1. Bring a pot of water to a boil over high heat. Add the farro or barley and cook for about 20 minutes, until just tender. Drain.
  2. While the grains cook, heat the olive oil in the largest cast-iron skillet or sauté pan you have.
  3. Cook the pancetta until lightly browned, then add the onion, garlic, and red pepper flakes and cook for about 3 minutes, until the onions are softened.
  4. Stir in the tomatoes and the farro or barley and simmer for 5 minutes, until slightly reduced. Season with salt and black pepper.
  5. Use the back of a large serving spoon to make 8 small wells in the sauce.
  6. Crack an egg into each well.
  7. Cook over low heat for about 7 minutes, until the whites set but the yolks are still runny.
  8. You can use your fork to break up the whites so they cook more quickly.
  9. Serve with whole-wheat toast for scooping up the sauce.

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