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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

For 4 people, you will need:

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PreparationRestingCookingStart to finish
12 min.30 min.21 min.1 hour 3 min.
Preservation: Should be eaten immediately.
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Step by step recipe

Stage 1
7 min.
Eggs in tomato shells : Photo of step #1

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 : Photo of step #2 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 : Photo of step #3 Coat the outside of the tomatoes with olive oil, using a brush, then salt them.
Stage 4
2 min.
Eggs in tomato shells : Photo of step #4

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 caramelized onions in the bottom of each one.
Stage 5
2 min.
Eggs in tomato shells : Photo of step #5 Pour an egg white into each tomato. Keep the yolks separate.
Stage 6
20 min.
Eggs in tomato shells : Photo of step #6

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 : Photo of step #7

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 : Photo of step #8 Serve immediately.

Remarks

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.

Nutritional information

Whole recipe
CaloriesProteins CarbohydratesFats
72237 gr25 gr53 gr
36 %14 %2 %8 %
Per 100 g
CaloriesProteins CarbohydratesFats
1075 gr4 gr8 gr
5 %2 %<1 %1 %
Per person
CaloriesProteins CarbohydratesFats
1809 gr6 gr13 gr
9 %4 %1 %2 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories by day for a woman (change to a man).

How much will it cost?

For 4 people : 2.38 €
Per person : 0.60 €

Note : These prices are only approximate.

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Source: Home made.
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