Thursday, June 7, 2012

Mediterranean Eggs - Eggs with Tomatoes (gluten free)

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When I came home yesterday afternoon I was so tired, I mean beyond tired!!  I still had to make dinner and get ready for Diana's award ceremony!  I needed something very quick, delicious and easy!!  Hey, that's the name of "my game"!!
I reverted back to my childhood (of course I did)! I turned to amazingly fast and easy fresh tomatoes, good olive oil, tangy cheese, eggs and your freshest of herbs.
This will turn into an outstanding easy dinner for breakfast that is full of Mediterranean flavor!  I love this dish, and have 
served it many times to my children and they "as well" love it...

Call it heritage, call it dinner with love, call it FAST AND SIMPLE!  You can call it whatever you want, but I guarantee that once you make this dish, your family will also love it and will ask for more!!
The flavors of the Mediterranean!!
Can it get any easier than that??

Ready for the recipe?  Here we go:


Ingredients:

3 medium vine ripened tomatoes
2 medium baked potatoes (boiled) - diced
3 1/2 tablespoons (52 1/2 ml) olive oil
1 clove garlic
1/4 cup (22 gr) Kefalotiri cheese grated (a good sharp cheese such as Romano is perfect if one cannot find Kefalotiri cheese)   "what is Kefalotiri"
1/3 cup (30 gr) grated Mozzarella cheese
1 tablespoon butter (15 gr)

6 basil leaves (or other fresh herbs with stems of choice)
6 large eggs
Pinch of pepper
Pinch of salt

Directions:

Gather your ingredients:
 

In your large saute pan  with cover, add your 1 tablespoon (15 gr) of butter over medium high heat.
Once your butter had melted, add your diced potatoes and saute till very lightly brown on all sides, approximately 5-6 minutes.  Turn off heat and set aside.



As your potatoes are browning nicely, add your roughly chopped tomatoes into
your mini food chopper.  Also add 1 tablespoon (15ml) of your olive oil, garlic
clove and a pinch of salt & pepper.  Pulse till tomatoes are nicely pureed. 

 Set aside.
Now pour your pureed tomato mixture over the nicely golden potatoes.  Drizzle with remaining olive oil and let cook down for 5-7 minutes over medium low heat. Once tomato mixture has cooked down, gently make 6 openings with your spatula.  Crack an egg into each opening and cover each yolk with a basil leaf or fresh herb of choice (thyme, marjoram).



I couldn't figure out why my mom would use fresh herbs to add over the egg yolks.  As I grew older I finally figured it out... they are "poaching" the eggs with the fresh herbs!  How totally beyond smart are "our" parents? I know right?  I love old fashioned techniques... THEY ROCK!

Now, we cover and turn down the heat to very low.  Depending on your preference on how your family likes their eggs cooked is how long you will be cooking the eggs.  We like ours over medium, so it's about another 34-45 seconds on low heat covered.  Turn off heat.  Sprinkle your cheese over each egg yolk, cover once more till cheese melts nicely!!



Uncover, scoop mixture with a spatula into pizza like portions.
Serve with your favorite crusty bread or toast points, and a slice of bacon if so desired.

**Note: The time stated above gives you over medium eggs.  If you want softer eggs lessen the cooking cover time, if you like them cooked more increase.


This is a no fail recipe that is made in about 20 minutes...






Doesn't this look absolutely scrumptious?  See the golden diced potatoes edging thru?  The gooey melted gourmet cheeses?
Go ahead, grab a toast point and dunk!


Till next time!!


Dishin with Didi

10 comments :

  1. Didi I love this dish and I love your blog!!! AND I love your pix. Guess it's just a love fest all the way around, lol!!!

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    1. Lynn my culinary sweetheart!! Your compliment meant more to me than you will ever know!!
      I love your blog as well. Your writing style, your humor!!
      Yes my friend, A LOVE FEST for sure!!!!!

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  2. oh didi...this recipe takes me back a lot of years! my mom never added potatoes to her version, but i am going to try your recipe very very soon! thanks for sharing! i have to tell you, reading your blog is such a treat. so many many similarities to my upbringing! so glad you are blogging!!!

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    1. Olga mou... I am beyond happy to be able for you to relate to me... hello "were Greek", our heritage, and OUR ROOTS!!

      From me to you with love:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0AL9mhz89h4&feature=BFa&list=FL-ZqgQu4PO0vEWzSfm6ZnQg
      (just cuz I love this song and belly dance my butt off ;-) )

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MPTDYpIaybM&feature=BFa&list=FL-ZqgQu4PO0vEWzSfm6ZnQg
      This will be played at my daughter's wedding... their from "Kastoria" the Macedonian region, were from the Island of Samos... so my friend, ISLANDS rule!!! ;-)

      I'm SO beyond glad you found me and I found you my friend... I will continue to blog because of awesome readers like you!!!
      To connect and relate to a reader is a "blogger's dreams"!!

      THANK YOU!!!

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  3. One more Olga mou....

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AStgeSASREU&feature=autoplay&list=FL-ZqgQu4PO0vEWzSfm6ZnQg&playnext=1

    One of my ultimate favorites!!! This will be played towards the end of the wedding... everyone has had a few drinks (open bar), and good food.... yes, we will be dancing the night away!! Opa my friend, "siko pame, ela korititsimo, ela na horepsome"!!!!!

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  4. Oh my oh my...Didi...I actually had to DANCE when i heard these songs!! Fantastic! I used to teach greek dancing at the church here and so i love dancing and watching dancing. There is just something in our blood. Didi...I love the nisiotica dances and the cantathes. We spent an idealic vacation with my family on Kefalonia, and we went out every night to listen to the cantathes. And oh...weddings! The best times dancing and singing! Kali Nixta to you, and thank you again. I just love your blog and I love getting to know you through it!

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed and danced Olga... maybe one day we can dance together!!

      Life is so short, let's laugh, sing, dance and... "eat good food"!! ;-)

      Happy Friday!

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    2. Olga mou...
      One more!! Since you used to teach Greek dance I know you are familiar with this one... siko koukla mou, ela... pame!!! One of my ultimate favorites!!!

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zp-CV0tgWyw&feature=autoplay&list=FL-ZqgQu4PO0vEWzSfm6ZnQg&playnext=1

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  5. What a great recipe!!! It takes eggs to another level!! I'm definitely going to make this soon for my DH. He'll love it :)

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    1. Yay Colleen!!!!! Please let me know how dh likes it. My family absolutely LOVES IT.. but alas, I am raising them on Greek food. Let me know what all changes you do as well!!!

      Thank you so much again!!!

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