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Marco Canora's
Eggs with Tomato on Toast

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  • 4 eggs
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon thinly sliced garlic
  • Small pinch of minced pepperoni or red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano, preferably Sicilian
  • 5 canned tomatoes
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • 4 slices toasted country bread — whatever you have, toasted


Separate the eggs, reserving each yolk in its shell and combining 2 whites in a cup. Refrigerate the remaining 2 whites for another use.

In a cold medium skillet, combine the oil, garlic, pepperoncini and oregano. Turn on the heat and warm over medium-high heat until the garlic begins to fry (without browning) and the mixture becomes fragrant, about 2 minutes.

Raise the heat to high, then use your hands to crush each tomato into the pan, allowing the juice to fall into the skillet. Season lightly with salt and pepper. Fry the tomatoes, continuing to break them up with the fork. Cook until they concentrate and no longer look watery, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the basil.

Lower the heat to medium and stir in the egg whites. Cook until the whites become opaque and firm, thickening the tomato sauce, about 1 minute.

Turn off the heat. Using the back of a spoon, make 4 indentations in the sauce, allowing a few inches around each. Slip an egg yolk into each indentation. Draw the sauce in from the edges of the pan around each of the yolks. Cover the skillet and leave it on the stove, heat off, until the yolks are just warmed through and beginning to set, about 3 minutes for runny yolks.

Gently spoon some sauce and a yolk onto each piece of toast and serve immediately. I find rubbing some olive oil on the spoon helps prevent breaking the yolk.

At the New Roots Gardens

Chef Canora's love of good food dates back to his childhood in upstate New York. His appreciation for cooking with fresh, high-quality ingredients led him to the New Roots gardens in the Bronx and the IRC, where he promotes the importance of food that is locally grown and available to all.

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