This comforting recipe is based on a North African dish called chakchouka, but variations on it can be found all around the Med. It's full of flavour and costs very little to make
Takes 11/2 hours to make and 8-10 minutes to bake
1. Chop the garlic and chilli (if using), until you have a rough paste. Heat the oil in a large, deep frying pan, add the garlic and chilli and fry very briefly. Add the onions, peppers and salt. Stir once, cover, lower the heat and sweat for 10-15 minutes, or until it just starts to catch a little.
2. Meanwhile, drain the tomatoes and squish them to remove excess juice. Add the pulp and Vincotto to the pan, reduce the heat to low and cook for about 45 minutes, stirring occasionally. The peppers must be soft enough to break with a spoon, and the juices should be reduced, dark and glossy. Season to taste.
3. Preheat the oven to 200°C/fan180°C/gas 6. Divide the vegetables between dishes, make a dip in each and break in an egg. Bake for 8-10 minutes, until the egg is just setting. Leave the yolk soft as it will enrich the peppers when it breaks. Garnish with herbs.
Tip: Vincotto is a grape must (pressed juice) from Italy, not a million miles from balsamic vinegar but thicker and slightly milder. Cook this in individual portions - in ovenproof terracotta bowls or outsize ramekins - or as a large dish in an ovenproof baking dish.
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