Poached Eggs with Sweet Pepper Piperade

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Poached Eggs with Sweet Pepper Piperade

Piperade is a Basque-style saute of sweet onions and colorful peppers. Here, the mixture is topped with a soft poached egg and chopped parsley for a vibrant brunch dish. It can be just as satisfying for dinner, too — just serve with some crusty bread on the side.


Poached Eggs with Sweet Pepper Piperade


2 Tbs. olive oil

1 small yellow onion, thinly sliced

Sea salt and freshly ground pepper

1 clove garlic, minced

1 each red, yellow and orange bell pepper, seeded and thinly sliced

2 Tbs. white wine vinegar

1 tsp. sugar

4 large eggs

2 Tbs. chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley


In a frying pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and a pinch each of salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion just begins to soften, 4-5 minutes. Add the garlic and bell peppers and another pinch each of salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the peppers are tender with a bit of a bite and the onion is very soft, 6-8 minutes longer. Stir in 1 tablespoon of the vinegar and the sugar and continue cooking until the vinegar has almost evaporated, 1-2 minutes longer. Cover to keep warm.


Fill a deep saute pan halfway with cold water. Add 1 teaspoon salt and the remaining 1 tablespoon vinegar and place the pan over medium heat. When the water begins to simmer, break the eggs, one at a time, into a cup and slip each one gently into the water. Cook for 1 minute, then gently slide a spatula under the eggs to prevent sticking. Poach to the desired doneness, 3-5 minutes.


To serve, divide the pepper mixture among individual plates. Using a slotted spoon, scoop the eggs from the simmering water, drain slightly, and place each on top of a serving of peppers. Sprinkle with the parsley and serve right away. Serves 4.


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