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Rachael's Spanish Eggs in Purgatory

Rachael's Spanish Eggs in Purgatory


  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO)

  • 1 large onion, chopped

  • 1 stalk celery, chopped, plus a handful of leaves, finely chopped, for serving

  • 4 cloves garlic, sliced or chopped

  • Salt and pepper

  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika

  • 6 piquillo peppers in water, drained and thinly sliced

  • 1 pound hot Spanish chorizo, casings removed and meat cut into bite-size pieces

  • 1 teaspoon sherry vinegar or splash of dry sherry

  • 1 (15-ounce) can passata

  • 1-2 splashes chicken stock

  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce, such as Tabasco

  • 4 large eggs

  • Handful chopped fresh parsley

  • Crusty bread


Heat a medium-large cast-iron skillet or other ovenproof skillet over medium high. Preheat oven to 400˚F. Add oil to the skillet, two turns of the pan. Add onion, chopped celery and garlic, and season with salt, pepper and paprika. Cook, stirring occasionally, until veggies soften, about 5 minutes. Add peppers and chorizo. Cook until fat renders, 2-3 minutes. Add sherry vinegar to the pan. Stir in passata, chicken stock, and Tabasco. Make 4 wells in the chunky sauce. Crack 1 egg into a ramekin, then drop into a well in the sauce. Repeat with the remaining 3 eggs.

Transfer skillet to the oven. Bake until eggs are soft- to medium-poached, 12-15 minutes.

Top with chopped parsley and celery leaves. Serve from the skillet into shallow bowls. Pass crusty bread alongside.

From Rachael Ray Every Day, March 2018.