Roasted veg & eggs

Back when I lived alone and worked more than is healthy, feeding myself became such an effort. If a recipe took longer than 15 minutes to cook and used more than one pan, I wasn’t making it. One of the easiest things I used to make was some combination of vegetables, roasted with garlic and olive oil, and a couple of eggs cracked on top for the last 5 minutes of cooking. It took a little longer than 15 mins, but the clean up was a cinch, and it was such a satisfying dish. I remembered it recently, and I made this version for my husband and me. We enjoyed it so much it’s become a weekly supper in our house, and when we shared the recipe with his mom, she told us that it has become the most requested dish in their house. Who knew?! It basically works with any vegetables that roast well, so you do you. And the quantities aren’t fixed. How hungry are you all? Use that much veg, and two eggs per person. Try not to crowd the veg too much, they’ll steam instead of roast, so if you’re more than two people, use two trays (unless you have a huge oven, we don’t!). My husband loves it served with ketchup, I love mine with chilli oil.

Roasted veg and eggs

waxy potatoes, sliced 5 mm thick
onion, sliced into wedges
cauliflower, chopped into small florets
garlic (for two people we use at least 5 cloves), sliced, not too thin
olive oil
salt and pepper
2 eggs per person

Preheat the oven to 220C. Arrange the veg and garlic on a large tray lined with baking paper, drizzle a good glug of olive oil over the top, and season really well with salt and pepper. Roast for 15 minutes, then toss everything around. Give it another 5-10 mins. You want the veg to be browning nicely, and the potatoes to be crisping up.

After 20-25 mins, bundle the veg together in the centre of the tray, and make holes for the eggs. Make sure you expose the baking paper below otherwise the eggs will take longer to cook. Crack an egg into each hole, sprinkle with s&p and put the tray back in the oven for 5 minutes, or until the whites are cooked. Hopefully the yolks are still runny!

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