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Tomato toasts with scrambled eggs, herbs & olives

There’s a firm held belief in WellFest HQ that there are very few meals not made better by the addition of an egg. Be it fried, poached, scrambled or whisked through – it makes everything seem much more indulgent than it may be!

Luckily, food writer and stylist Linda Tubby agrees with us and has dedicated an entire book to egg recipes, here’s our favourite: Tomato toasts with scrambled eggs, herbs & olives.

Serves 6

You will need:

3 short French sticks, each halved lengthways

2 whole garlic cloves, peeled

6 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, plus extra to serve

750g ripe tomatoes

3 garlic cloves, crushed to a paste with a few sea salt crystals

1 tsp pul biber red pepper flakes or freshly ground black pepper

8 medium eggs

8 oregano or marjoram sprigs, some in flower if possible, leaves and flowers removed

18 Kalamata olives, sliced off the stones in slivers

Freshly ground black pepper

Small pinch of sea salt crystals

 

Method:

  • Heat a ridged griddle pan over a high heat and toast the bread on the cut sides. Generously rub the toasted sides with the whole garlic cloves right to the edges of the bread and spoon over the extra virgin olive oil.
  • Halve, core and roughly chop the tomatoes, then drain through a colander set over a bowl (keep the juice to drink). Once they are well drained, put 3 tablespoons of the olive oil and the garlic in a frying pan and set over a high heat. As soon the garlic sizzles, stir and quickly add the tomatoes
  • so the garlic doesn’t brown; cook for 3 minutes without stirring just to heat through rather than break them down. Mix in the red pepper flakes or black pepper.
  • Meanwhile, crack the eggs into a bowl, break up with a fork and mix in a small pinch of salt. When the tomatoes are ready, make the scramble. Heat a large pan (preferably non-stick) over a low–medium heat and add the rest of the oil. Pour in the eggs and stir constantly over a low heat using a
  • wooden spoon to scrape the cooked egg into the runny mixture from the bottom of the pan and around the edges as it sets. Continue to stir into wet curds for about 2 minutes or until the mixture is as you like a scramble to be.
  • Chop half the oregano or marjoram and fold into the tomato mixture. Very lightly fold the scramble through the tomato mixture and spoon it onto the toasts. Scatter with the olive slivers and the rest of the oregano or marjoram leaves (and flowers if you have them). Spoon over more extra virgin olive oil to serve.

 

Cracked cover high res front

Taken from Cracked: Creative and Easy Ways to Cook with Eggs by Linda Tubby (Kyle Books, €23.80). Photography by Ali Allen