Halloween and Eggs in Purgatory

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This week on the blog it is all about Halloween.

Did you know the name Halloween comes from the old English term All Hallows Eve?

Hallow meaning Holy.

It just so happens that Halloween has always been the day before All Saints Day.

Believe it or not All Hallows Eve (Halloween) has a very rich history in the Catholic Church.

It begins a three day celebration of life, death and eternity.

It is a time where we honor our saints (known and unknown) and pray for the lost souls in purgatory.

Before Vatican II, Catholics were required to fast and then feast.

Halloween was considered a fast day because it was followed by All Saints Day, a feast day.

So don’t let the name of this really scary dish deter you from making it. It is a inexpensive, delicious and easy meal to prepare. Perfect to enjoy while giving out candy.

 

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Eggs in Purgatory

Ingredients:

3 tablespoons olive oil

1 medium bell pepper chopped

1 small onion chopped

2 garlic cloves minced

1 tablespoon red pepper flakes

14 ounce can of crushed tomatoes

4 eggs

1 loaf rustic bread (I used sourdough)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a skillet over medium heat add the oil, pepper and onion. Saute for about 10 minutes.
Add the garlic and saute another 2 minutes. Add the tomato sauce and red pepper flakes, simmer for another 20 minutes.
Crack the eggs over the sauce. Place your skillet in the oven and allow to bake uncovered for about 15 minutes. The whites of the eggs should be set.

While the eggs are cooking, toast your bread until lightly browned.

Serve the eggs over the toast.

Peace be with you,
Veronica

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55 Responses to “Halloween and Eggs in Purgatory”

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    Tammi — October 28, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    What a creative dish! Love it….plus I love all the of ingredients who thought you could make it Halloween style! Thanks for sharing for #SS!

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    Katie — October 28, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    I love this dish – it sounds so tasty. I’m always looking for new ways to make eggs, and I think this is one to try out! Love the name too…

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    Tara — October 28, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    This is brilliant and sounds right up my alley. I could really go for that right now!!

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    Jen @JuanitasCocina — October 28, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    I just found our Halloween dinner! YUMMY!

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    Megan Wood — October 28, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    Awesome dish! I have all the ingredients in my kitchen. I know what I am making for dinner!

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    Angie Barrett — October 28, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    Purgatory always makes me think of the TV show “Supernatural” haha, I know that’silly, I guess it’s because they talk about Purgatory so much. I love thsi dish tho! looks great and I love the name

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    Sunithi Selvaraj, RD — October 28, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    Ooh, these look grand :) Very filling and hearty ! My husband would love this :)

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    Samantha @ Ferraro Kitchen — October 28, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    Great history lesson and LOVE the recipe! I WILL be making this…actually..probably today haha

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    Jennie Phaneuf — October 28, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    Love this! I wouldn’t mind having this smothered over some toast this morning.

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    Paula @ Vintage Kitchen — October 28, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    Perfect brunch, and not just for Halloween! Devil one day, saint the next, it makes sense!

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    german in pdx — October 28, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    This sounds delicious, and easy! Thank you for sharing!

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    Renee Dobbs — October 28, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    Wishing I would have had this for breakfast this morning. Oh well, at least I have the recipe and can make it next weekend or maybe on Halloween morning.

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    claire @ the realistic nutritionist — October 28, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    OH MY GOSH i love baked eggs!!! hahaha I love your take (and title) of these :)

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    Anne @ Webicurean — October 28, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    This looks so good–this would make a great brunch right about now!

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    Bobbi — October 28, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    OH my goodness!! DO you have an idea how hungry you just made me?? Pinned these and will be making them soon!!!

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    Katy — October 28, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    I love eggs in purgatory, and yours look delicious :)

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    Heather Lynne — October 28, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    These eggs are just a bit scary! Perfect for Halloween.

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    Wendy Wofford-Garcia — October 28, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    Yum…this is very similar to huevos rancheros, which I serve with tortillas! So good…

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    Lizzy Do — October 28, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    Haha…love the name of your dish! Perfectly yummy way to start or end the day!

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    The Wimpy Vegetarian — October 28, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    This would have been great for comfort food week too! I love eggs on just about anything!!

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    martindredmond — October 29, 2012 at 12:07 am

    Yum! Great looking recipe! It looks scary good!;-)

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    Sarah Reid — October 29, 2012 at 12:36 am

    DEFINITELY A FAVE AROUND HERE!

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    Karen Hartzell (@InTheKitchenKP) — October 29, 2012 at 2:22 am

    I need these for brinner this week!!! Esp with the crusty bread you mention! YUM!

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    Laura Hunter — October 29, 2012 at 8:14 am

    I have always wanted to have eggs in purgatory. It is one of Nigella Lawson’s favourite recipes and I am a big fan of hers. Sadly I have developed an intolerance to eggs so I will have to admire these from a far.

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    Patricia Stagich — October 29, 2012 at 11:01 am

    I have always wanted to try this! Love my tomato sauce!

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    Sarah — October 29, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    I love how clever the name of your dish is. And I can eat eggs in purgatory everyday. Yumm! Sounds so good.

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    Carla — October 29, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    I am in love with that second picture of yours! Just the way everything falls and flows together.

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    Stephanie {TheCookieADayChallenge} — October 29, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    I shared your recipe with my mother and father in law, they are making it on Halloween! Very creative.

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    Cindys Recipes and Writings — October 29, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    Sounds good, Veronica! Quick, easy and delicious!

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    Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom — October 29, 2012 at 9:39 pm

    Love this! I love how creative everyone got this week! I especially love the first shot- perfect for your recipe name! and I really enjoyed the “Halloween” history information. . you’d be surprised how many people have no idea where it originates from!

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    Linda A. Thompson-Ditch — October 30, 2012 at 1:19 am

    I have always wanted to try this dish! I have eggs, crushed tomatoes, veggies…I think I’m all set. Thanks for the inspiration.

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    Family Foodie — October 31, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    Veronica,
    Love this recipe and can’t wait to try it!
    Isabel

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts — October 31, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    What a great dish, and a great name for it too – very fitting!

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    Debra Eliotseats — October 31, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    This so much reminds me of a special homey meal that mom and I used to share when it would just be the two of us.

    Appropriate name too!

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    Brandie @ Home Cooking Memories — November 1, 2012 at 11:20 pm

    I love eggs so the name instantly appealed to me…it looks delicious and a I learned some stuff I didn’t know. Thanks for sharing this!

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    Kim Bee — November 4, 2012 at 3:00 am

    This is genius. I bet my hubby would love this. He’s an egg nut.

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