Ervilhas com Ovos Escalfados - Portuguese Comfort Food

Peas and eggs. Apart they remind me of spring, soft breezes after rain that turn the world green and awaken the hibernating flora and fauna. Together they now bring a whole whack of new images and words to the front of my mind. The most prominent of these are the words "comfort food".

Back in Canada, where fall seemed to only last for a month before suddenly being cut off by winter snow which would last in bits and pieces until nearly summer, was where I was first introduced to this beautifully simple, healthy, tasty and comforting Portuguese dish. It was warm and satisfying and different. Best of all the marido was the one who made it, he who eats but doesn't cook (usually).

Ervilhas com Ovos Escalfados 

I don't know why I had never tried making it, only watched by craning my head around marido's arm as he made it for the first time just from his childhood memories. Afterwards, it was forgotten in my never ending search to try something new to cook.

Then we moved and I was reminded that not everything needs to have fifteen steps and twenty different ingredients. That simple peasant food is beautiful and, more often than not, as good as the complicated stuff, if not better. 

Ervilhas com Ovos Escalfados  

One day last summer, Isabelle of Crumb, reminded me of this stew made with smokey Portuguese sausage, and the previously mentioned peas and eggs. Just seeing it made the taste memory smack me in face and I remembered how much I loved it.  For some reason I didn't make it at the time though. Probably because summer in Portugal is quite different than summer in Canada (as in ridiculous heat different). I wanted the taste, but not the warmth, so I forgot about it until it was colder. 

And winter has been colder, much colder. So has this soon to be spring, but it won't last long I don't think and I'm reminded again that this comfort food needs to make another appearance in my kitchen this season and hopefully yours too.

Ervilhas com Ovos Escalfados 

Ervilhas com Ovos Escalfados
Inspired by  Ervilhas Guisadas at Crumb
  • 1/2 chouriço sausage (100g approx), sliced
  • 1/2 linguica sausage (100g approx, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup (240ml) red wine
  • 4 tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 3 cups (550g) frozen peas (fresh is better, but don't use canned)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 6 eggs (one per person)
  • Cilantro (optional)
First place the olive oil into a pan over medium heat. Add in onion, garlic and sausages. Cook until the sausage is brown and crispy around the edges. Add in the wine and cook a couple more minutes, scraping the browned bits off the bottom with a spatula or spoon. 

Toss in the tomatoes, paprika and stir in peas. Reduce the heat to medium low and allow to simmer for about 10 minutes. 

Ervilhas com Ovos Escalfados 
Crack each egg and pour directly into the stew one at a time, careful not to break the yolks. Cover and allow to cook about 8 or 9 more minutes for a hard yolk. 7 minutes is good for a runny yolk and 10 is good for a hard yolk. Season with salt and pepper.

Sprinkle with cilantro and serve warm with crusty bread to sop up all the saucy goodness.


Adora's Box said...

Such a rich and lovely dish. I just love chorizos and love how it makes tomato based stews so delicious. Eggs? I love eggs on anything and I think this is such a brilliant combination.

Helenismos said...

This is a good reminder!! I've not fixed this for ages! And it sure made my mouth watered, just by looking at your pics! Good job!

Rochelle Ramos said...

Thanks! They do go well together, I had never thought of it until I was introduced to this dish.

Rochelle Ramos said...

Have to make sure to make some when you get to Portugal!

penny aka jeroxie said...

This sounds delicious and very comforting. I love the bit where you crack an egg over the top. YUM

Rochelle Ramos said...

It is and I love the egg part too. It's fun to watch it go in raw and come out all cooked and yummy like this :D

Pegasuslegend said...

As always your photos are an inspiration to make lovely food like this looks wonderful!

PolaM said...

Looks delicious! I've never made anything like it but I think I should try!

Mother Rimmy said...

I agree - you're photos are truly wonderful. The combinations of ingredients in this dish mouthwatering.

Rochelle Ramos said...

Thank you!

Rochelle Ramos said...

It's totally worth a try. It's one of those dishes that you usually have the ingredients in the kitchen already (except maybe the sausages) so you don't have to go too much out of the way to make it.

Rochelle Ramos said...

Thank you, Rimmy!

Spicie Foodie said...

Simple, so-called "peasant" food is among the world's best. There is nothing like a comforting dish like this. Thanks for sharing, it looks mouthwatering. Thanks for being a part of the YBR :)