I’m not sure where the term ‘Eggs in Purgatory’ originated. Does it refer to the bubbling red tomato sauce? I’m not sure. However, this recipe is perfect for cooking in the camp oven over a campfire. Perfect for an Aussie bush brunch, this dish is high in protein and super tasty.
Camp Oven Eggs in Purgatory
Our Camp Kitchen
We cooked our Eggs in Purgatory while camping at Mount Bundy Station at Adelaide River in the Northern Territory.
1 Tablespoon oil
1 Red onion, finely chopped
3 Cloves of garlic, finely chopped
1 Can of tomatoes, chopped
1 teaspoon of dried Italian herbs
1/2 – 1 Teaspoon dried, crushed chilli
1/2 Teaspoon beef/veg stock powder
1 Can of mixed beans
Cracked black pepper
Heat the camp oven in the campfire* and heat oil. Add onion and garlic, and sauté until onion is translucent.
Add the tomatoes, herbs, chilli and stock powder, and cook for a few minutes until tomatoes start to thicken.
Add the beans and cook for a few more minutes.
Crack eggs into the tomato bean mix, and sprinkle with grated cheese and black pepper.
Put the lid on the camp oven. Top the camp oven with hot coals and cook at moderate temperature until eggs are cooked to your liking.
*Sautéing over the fire in a camp oven can be uncomfortably hot. There are several ways I cook with an open pot, depending on what sort of fireplace we have (e.g. iron fire pit or open fire). One way is to hang your camp oven over the fire with a tripod or, in our case, a star-dropper. Another way is to take a shovel load of coals from the firepit and, in a safe place near the fire, place them on the ground, put your camp oven on top and cook over the coals.
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