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eggs in purgatory with whipped herbed feta

Perfectly poached eggs simmered in a simple tomato sauce made from roasted tomatoes, onions, and garlic served overtop a fresh, creamy whipped herbed feta.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Breakfast
Servings: 4 -6
Author: the communal feast


  • tomato sauce
  • 2 TBS olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 28oz can fire roasted tomatoes
  • ¼ cup sundried tomatoes chopped
  • ½ tsp red pepper flakes
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 4-6 large eggs
  • Whipped feta
  • 1 400 g package of feta cheese divided into 4 pieces
  • ¼ cup fresh dill
  • 1 TBS olive oil
  • 1 tsp water add more if needed
  • ½ lemon juiced
  • Serve with bread and extra dill roasted grape tomatoes


  • 1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onions and cook until translucent 3-4 minutes, add the garlic and cook an additional minute. Stir in the roasted tomatoes, sundried tomatoes and season with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil and reduce to simmer uncovered until the sauce thickens, about 10 minutes. Once the sauce has thickened, make 4-6 shallow holes in the sauce, individually crack eggs in each hole and cover until the egg whites are set. About 5 minutes for medium poached.
  • 2. To make the whipped feta: While the sauce is thickening, combine all the ingredients into a food processor, blend until it becomes creamy and resembles a sauce. Add more water if the mixture needs to be more creamy.
  • 3. If making the roasted tomatoes as seen in pictures: set oven to broil, on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, place grape tomato halves, lightly drizzle with olive oil and season with red pepper flakes. Cook in the oven for 5 minutes. If toasting bread in the oven this can easily be done on the same baking sheet.
  • 4. To serve spread the whipped feta across the bottom of a bowl, top with the eggs in tomato sauce, add roasted tomatoes, fresh dill, and red pepper flakes. Serve with toasted bread.
  • Enjoy!