Eggs in tomato shells

Eggs in tomato shells
This is a novel way of cooking eggs: in tomato "shells" or egg-cups!

For extra flavour, we'll put a spoonful of caramelized onions in the tomato first.
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Last modified on: October 11th 2015

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Stage 1 - 7 min.
Eggs in tomato shells

Prepare the tomatoes

Peel 4 tomatoes (choose fairly large ones). Slice off the top and scoop the flesh and seeds out of each tomato. You should end up with hollow tomatoes that will be able to hold the eggs.

Stage 2 - 30 min.
Eggs in tomato shells
Sprinkle the insides of the tomatoes with fine salt and stand them upside down on a wire rack.

Leave for at least 30 minutes for some of the juices to drain off.

Stage 3 - 1 min.
Eggs in tomato shells
Coat the outside of the tomatoes with olive oil, using a brush, then salt them.

Stage 4 - 2 min.
Eggs in tomato shells

Fill the tomatoes

Preheat the oven to 390°F (200°C).

Sit each tomato in a ramekin (to stop them splitting during cooking), then put a teaspoonful of onions fondue in the bottom of each one.

Stage 5 - 2 min.
Eggs in tomato shells
Pour an egg white into each tomato. Keep the yolks separate.

Stage 6 - 20 min.
Eggs in tomato shells

Cook the egg whites

Bake the egg whites in the tomatoes for about 20 minutes until set.

Stage 7 - 1 min.
Eggs in tomato shells

Cook the egg yolks

Gently place an egg yolk onto the top of each tomato, salt and pepper, then return to the oven for 1 minute - just enough to heat the yolk through, not cook it (this is important).

Stage 8
Eggs in tomato shells
Serve immediately.
To bring out the flavour of the tomatoes, cook them empty in the oven for 20 minutes before adding the egg whites.

To make the eggs look more attractive, brush the yolk with olive oil just before serving to give it a really appetising gloss.
Should be eaten immediately.
Home made.
Nutritional information
Whole recipe
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
507 Kcal or 2,123 Kj29 gr17 gr36 gr
25 %11 %2 %5 %
Per 100 g
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
82 Kcal or 343 Kj5 gr3 gr6 gr
4 %2 %<1 %1 %
Per person
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
127 Kcal or 532 Kj7 gr4 gr9 gr
6 %3 %<1 %1 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories or 8400 k-joules by day for a woman (change to a man).
Possible allergens in this recipe: Milk, Egg
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  • For 4 people : 2.24 €
  • Per person : 0.56 €

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