This is the all-time best way to ever eat an egg…. with a drizzle of truffle oil over the top they ooze coolness on a plate and bring conversation to the table. Simply a winner.
This is a great recipe for dads on Father’s Day of for Christmas brunch. You can pre-poach a few eggs the day before to save some time. Believe me, they are worth the effort.
- 4 tomatoes, halved
- Olive oil for drizzling (or truffle oil)
- Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
- A little sugar
- 2 sprigs fresh thyme, stalk removed, chopped
- 5 fresh eggs
- 1 litre cooking oil
- 2 tbsp flour, seasoned
- 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
- 8 rashers streaky bacon or pancetta
- 1 ciabatta loaf, sliced, grilled then buttered
- 2 cups rocket, dressed with a little oil and lemon (optional)
- 2 tbsp tomato chutney (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
- Place the tomatoes on a roasting tray and drizzle over a little olive oil. Season with salt, pepper and a sprinkle of sugar and thyme. Then place in the oven and roast until they just begin to lose their shape – around 20 minutes.
- Meanwhile, carefully poach 4 eggs until just cooked. Drain on a paper towel.
- Heat the oil in a deep fryer until a piece of bread dropped in turns golden within 20 seconds.
- Whisk the remaining egg in a bowl. Place the flour into another and the breadcrumbs in a third. Dip each poached egg in the flour to coat, then the beaten egg and then the breadcrumbs. Do this carefully as you do not want to break the yolk. Deep-fry the crumbed eggs until golden, but don’t overcook – the egg yolk should be runny.
- Heat a frying pan and add a little oil. When hot add the bacon or pancetta. Cook until crisp.
- I like to stack everything from the bread up to the egg to serve.
- A drizzle of truffle oil finishes these off deliciously.
- Serving Size: 4