Fried eggs with smoked ham and spicy peperonata

Theo Randall's all-in-one egg dish, topped with a rich tomato, pepper and chilli stew, makes a great brunch or simple supper
By Theo Randall
Fried eggs with smoked ham and spicy peperonata
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  • Serves: 4
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Effort: easy

Ingredients

For the peperonata

  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ red onions, sliced
  • 1 red pepper, seeds removed, sliced
  • 1 yellow pepper, seeds removed, sliced
  • 1 red chilli, seeds removed, sliced
  • 1 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 200 g canned chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tsp capers

For the ham and eggs

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 5 slices smoked ham, roughly torn
  • 4 eggs
  • crusty bread, to serve

Method

1. For the peperonata: heat the olive oil in a large frying pan over a medium heat. Add the onion and fry gently for 3-4 minutes, or until translucent, then stir in the peppers, chilli and garlic and cook gently over a low heat for 20 minutes, until the vegetables are softened.

2. Tip in the tomatoes, increase the heat to medium and simmer gently for 10 minutes, until the sauce has thickened. Season with salt and black pepper and stir in the capers. Keep warm.

3. For the ham and eggs: heat the olive oil in a large frying pan over a medium heat then add the ham. Fry for 2-3 minutes until lightly browned in places, then turn the heat down to medium-low and crack the eggs on top of the ham. Cook for 3-4 minutes, or until the eggs are cooked to your liking.

4. Spoon the peperonata over the eggs, season with black pepper and serve straight from the pan with crusty bread on the side.

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