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Dinner Tonight: Eggs in Purgatory (Eggs Baked in Tomato Sauce)

Interpreting Catholic metaphors is not one of my specialties, and it's probably for the best. I'm not exactly sure what relationship tomato sauce has with temporal punishment and eternal purification. But I do know that this recipe, which combines the unlikely duo of marinara sauce and eggs on crusty toasted bread, is totally delicious.

The recipe I used came from the online newsletter Franny's, named after and produced by the Italian restaurant Franny's near my Brooklyn apartment. One evening, they cooked this for the restaurant staff's "family meal." The interesting twist here is the inclusion of Tabasco sauce, replacing the more traditional red pepper flakes, which gives the whole thing a subtle hot sauce vinegary flavor. I was lucky to have a little tomato sauce in the fridge already (Mario Batali's recipe, my favorite), but the instructions below offer a quick sauce for those who don't.

If you're not making this for dinner, this is a killer prepare-ahead brunch dish to throw in the oven when guests arrive. By baking it rather than simmering on the stove, it's easier to make for a crowd.

About the author: Blake Royer lives in Brooklyn and spends most of his free time cooking and writing about it here at Serious Eats and on The Paupered Chef. From 9 to 5 weekdays, he works as an assistant book editor in Manhattan.

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