Sicilian Fried Eggs with Bread Crumbs and Cheese

In A Pinch

It’s finally 5pm.  Another rough week at work. Trying to get home. Tractor trailer overturned on I-287 at exit 41. One lane opened. Man, that 10 acre farm in northern New York looks awfully good.

Two and a half hours later, Bella, my 8 year old German Shepherd is really happy to see me! I am too Bella. The stress of the week totally subsides. And I’m hungry. But Bella wants to play, not to mention run outside and take care of her business. Dinner? One thing at a time.

By now it’s close to 8pm. What the heck am I going to eat? I open the fridge and peer inside, for a while, like something already cooked is going to materialize. Maybe If I stare long enough. Left over Marinara sauce. I just had pasta last night.  Eggs, Italian bread…….Got it!

Once again, for a group of people that are not big on breakfast, this egg dish is one of my favorites. But who says we have to  eat this for breakfast?

This is a great dish to make for a quick supper.  And tonight, it’s perfect. I usually make it when I have extra tomato sauce in the fridge. The common name for this dish is “eggs in purgatory”.  But this one has a little twist. The top of the eggs are sprinkled with a Romano Cheese and bread crumb mixture. Wow! That’s good! Many people  don’t realize how good fried eggs and tomato sauce taste. At one time or another we all put ketchup on our fried egg sandwich. Well, this blows that away.

There are many variations of this. Some people bake the eggs in the tomato sauce and add toasted bread to the bottom of the pan.

We keep it simple. And tonight is one of those simple nights. It’s always good to add some red pepper flakes to the finished dish. Once in a while I sprinkle on some Tobasco sauce. The added vinegar gives it a nice touch.

  • 3/4 cups plain bread crumbs
  • 1/3 cup grated Romano Cheese
  • 1 – 1/2 cups tomato sauce
  • olive oil
  • 8 large eggs
  • Salt and black pepper

Combine the bread crumbs and cheese in a bowl.

Heat the tomato sauce in a saucepan and keep at a very low simmer, stirring often.

In a 12-inch nonstick frying pan, heat enough oil to coat the bottom of the pan. Break the eggs, side by side, into the pan. Sprinkle with salt and the bread crumb mixture. Cook over low heat until the eggs are set. Separate the eggs with the end of a spatula and gently turn over, one by one. Cook only 1 minutes for a soft yolk, longer for a harder one.

Invert the eggs onto a plate. Spoon the tomato sauce over the eggs and serve at once. Sprinkle with a little grated romano cheese on top and black pepper. These are great with fried potatoes and crisp Italian bread.


About Peter Bocchieri

Peter was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY and is a second generation Italian-American. He has a degree in Journalism from Long Island University and is an avid photographer, gardener and pet owner. Now that Peter is retired, he is relaxing at his home in North East Pennsylvania and cooking for his sons, Michael and Joseph, family and friends. Peter's passion for food was inspired by his Mother's and Grandmother's cooking, but at the age of 10 Peter felt he could do it better himself, so he did.
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2 Responses to Sicilian Fried Eggs with Bread Crumbs and Cheese

  1. junior says:

    good receipe will try it someday but heres one for you dont know if you rember my grandmother she lived downstairs but she used to make a dish she fried some eggs and made spaghetti then mixed the eggs with the pasta it was a good dish have a good day

  2. Anthony says:

    Could not agree more! If we had some peas, we’d add it to the sauce and spoon over the eggs, but she didn’t make them with the breadcrumbs.

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