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Eggs in Purgatory
Eggs in purgatory—ova ’mpriatorio in the local dialect—is a Neapolitan classic. The whites of the eggs surrounded by the red of the tomato sauce are said to resemble religious depictions of souls in the fires of purgatory. An alternate explanation for the name of the dish is, simply, the spiciness of the sauce. Our version has a medium, warming heat. For more bite, add ¼ to ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes along with the tomatoes. Or, if you prefer, tame the heat by seeding the chili before slicing it. Serve with crusty bread.
tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, plus more to serve
medium garlic cloves, thinly sliced
01In a 12-inch skillet over medium-high, heat the oil until shimmering. Add the garlic and chili, then cook, stirring, until the garlic is lightly browned, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the tomatoes with juices, the rosemary, ½ teaspoon salt and ½ teaspoon pepper. Bring to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until a spatula drawn through the sauce leaves a trail, 7 to 9 minutes. Remove and discard the rosemary, then taste and season with salt and pepper.
Delicious recipe, with all the elements in balance! Couldn't Purgatory also suggest that the eggs are in an in-between state, whites firm, yolks runny? Purgatory is, after all, a place between heaven and hell and not--as so often implied--hell itself.