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RECIPE: Eggs In Purgatory, Eggs On Pizza

This spicy “breakfast pizza” can be enjoyed all
day. Photo courtesy Ortine Cafe | Brooklyn.


Want a delicious, hearty pizza for breakfast or brunch? Head to Ortine Cafe in Brooklyn, New York for an Eggs in Purgatory Pizza—two eggs poached atop the pizza, a spicy red sauce, caramelized onions, Parmesan cheese and fresh basil.

Not in the neighborhood? Make one yourself.

Eggs in Purgatory is an Italian dish (similiar to the Israeli dish, shakshuka) where eggs are baked in a spicy red sauce. “Purgatory” refers to the heat in the recipe.

The classic recipe is an egg dish, not a pizza. But the pizza dough eliminates the need for bread on the side, and the egg yolks running over the spicy sauce and crust are a delectable combination.

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  • 1 small onion
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, sliced thin
  • 1 can whole peeled or puréed tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Personal size pizza crust
  • 2 raw eggs, cracked
  • 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
    1. Dice the onion. Heat a saucepan with olive oil; sautée onions and garlic over medium heat until soft.

    2. Add tomatoes. If using whole tomatoes, purée mixture with an immersion blender.

    3. Add salt and basil, red pepper flakes and black pepper. Cook over medium-high heat for 25 minutes or until desired thickness is reached.

    4. Place pizza crust on a baking sheet and par cook at 500°F for 2 minutes until dough is puffed but not brown. Add sauce and raw eggs and sprinkle top with Parmesan.

    5. Bake at 575°F until eggs whites are cooked (yolks are medium) and crust is browned.


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