Breakfast is one of my favorite meals. I love the smell of bacon, eggs, and fresh ground coffee in the morning. I don’t always have time to cook during the busy work week, but weekend mornings are a different story. I indulge myself a little. I sleep in, get lost in a good book, and make something special to kick off the day.
When summer tomatoes and basil are in season, I can’t resist this recipe for Tuscan Tomato & Egg Skillet. The combination of farm fresh eggs, carmalized onion, crispy bacon, vine-ripened tomatoes, melted Italian cheese, and fresh basil is absolutely addictive! It’s a substantial one-dish meal that comes together quickly, but is impressive enough to serve to guests for brunch.
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Prep time: 15 minutes; Cook time: 15 minutes
2 tablespoons virgin olive oil
1/2 cup diced onion
2 slices smoked bacon, cooked and chopped (optional)
3-4 medium tomatoes, chopped
4 large eggs
1/2 cup shredded Italian Blend cheese
1/4 cup fresh basil, slivered
Fresh ground pepper
To cook bacon: *If using bacon, pre-cook slices in the microwave. Lay bacon on a paper towel on a microwave-safe plate and cover with another paper towel. Microwave for 1 minute per slice (2 slices/2 minutes). Remove, blot excess fat, and chop into bits.
- Heat oil in a medium frying pan over medium heat. Add onion, and sauté until lightly brown (about 3 minutes). Drain off excess oil and add (optional) cooked bacon bits.
- Add chopped tomatoes and simmer, stirring occasionally, until they the juice has cooked off–about 4-5 minutes.
- Make 4 wells in the tomato mixture with a spoon and crack an egg into each well. Add a grind or two of fresh pepper. Cover the pan with a glass lid, and simmer until egg whites are firm and yolks are starting to set (about 2 minutes).
- Remove lid, sprinkle with cheese, and cover again to melt. Sprinkle with fresh basil and spoon on to individual plates.
*Optional: serve with good quality sliced rustic toast.