I have a thing for eggs at dinnertime.

Well, anytime for that matter. Especially when those delectable yolks are still soft and slightly runny. It makes for an amazing sauce, not to mention flavor-FULL and jam-packed with nutrients. There’s a saying I use, or hashtag for that matter, whenever eggs are featured in a dish that I make that goes something like,

“If you like it, then you should put an egg on it”

Sound familiar? Beyoncé has a habit of making very catchy songs that seem to get lodged into my head and come out in funny ways. But it’s true! I would honestly put a fried egg on almost anything savory and even some sweet things. So, you can imagine my excitement in attempting this super easy dinner idea. It was like making a perfectly soft chocolate chip cookie. I stared into the oven window, watching the eggs cook just enough to set and yet maintain that oh-so-good gooeyness.

Eggs in Ragutory - Method 1
Method 1
Eggs in Ragutory - Method 2
Method 2

Another recipe transformed!

This recipe is my low carb rendition of Shakshuka aka Eggs in Purgatory. It is a popular Israeli breakfast meal where eggs are poached in a rich tomato sauce. But because I need me some protein, or at least more protein than is normally in this dish, I added the meat combo, making it more of a Ragu sauce. I like the heartiness of it a lot and found it quite satisfying as it is, and also on top of our ultra low carb pancakes! I’ll admit, it took a few tries to get the temp and timing just right so that the eggs were just the right amount of perfect. And each attempt was utterly worth it. Let’s just say that I ate my fair share of over-cooked eggs before the perfect balance was finally found. The meat combo, slight spiciness of the sauce and then, those eggs! What more could you ask for?

Well, there is one thing…

This dish is definitely best when gobbled up right after it’s pulled out of the oven, when those soft yolks are still, well, soft. So if you know you’re not going to be eating right away, I suggest you prep the meat sauciness ahead of time (and the pancakes too if you’d like to include those) and then crack those eggs in when you’re just about ready to eat. And in that instance, the meaty sauce might be even better as all those yummy flavors get the chance to marry a little more. Okay…off to eat and likely sing some Beyoncé as I clean up the kitchen!

Eggs in Ragu-tory

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To make this recipe a few steps easier, you can replace the "sauce" made from the broth, canned tomatoes and seasoning with a low-carb spicy or non-spicy marinara sauce. Simply brown the meat like suggested above and then add the marinara of your choosing. Then proceed to Step 5 in "Method 1". If subbing the sauce, remember to adjust the macro ratios according to the sauce you choose. Rao's is one of our favorites and tends to be very low carb and sugar!



Ultra Low Carb Recipe - Eggs in Ragu-tory

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Method 1
  1. Melt coconut oil in a large skillet or saucepan over medium heat; and red pepper flakes and garlic , sauté for 1 min.
  2. Add onions; sauté until translucent.
  3. Add meat and sausage, season with salt and pepper; brown meat and drain excess fat.
  4. Add broth, tomatoes, Italian seasoning and celery; bring to a boil, then lower to a simmer.
  5. Create craters in meat sauce for eggs.
  6. Crack eggs into craters, sprinkle Parmesan over the whites and partially cover with a lid.
  7. Allow to bubble for 5 minutes so eggs begin to poach. Keep an eye on it. The white should be set and the yolk still runny.
  8. Serve on top of ULC pancakes (sans the sweetener), or by itself.
Method 2
  1. Preheat the oven to 375ºF.
  2. Follow steps 1-4 above.
  3. Transfer meat sauce into an 8x8” casserole dish.
  4. Create craters in the meat sauce for the eggs.
  5. Crack eggs into craters, sprinkle the Parmesan over the whites.
  6. Bake uncovered for 12-15 minutes, until the whites are set and the yolks are still a bit runny.
  7. Serve on top of ULC pancakes (sans the sweetener), or by itself.

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1 Comment
  • UncaAndoo
    Posted October 14, 2016 9:35 am 0Likes

    I cannot wait to try this.

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