Savory Italian-Style Lost Bread with Tomato Jam

Savory Italian-Style Lost Bread with Tomato Jam

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Makes: 6 servings

Ingredients
Tomato Jam
  • 1 can  (28 to 32 oz.) san marzano tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • 1 shallot, grated or minced
  • 1 large clove garlic, grated or minced
  • 2 teaspoons worcestershire sauce or aged balsamic vinegar
  • Salt and pepper
Cheesy Egg Toast
  • 2 cups parmigiano-reggiano, 1/4 cup finely grated and 1 3/4 cups shredded
  • 1 1/2 cups half-and-half
  • 3 tablespoons Wondra flour
  • 3 eggs
  • Freshly grated nutmeg
  • 6 slices  (1 inch thick) good-quality italian or peasant-style bread
  • 2 tablespoons EVOO
  • Softened butter, for spreading
Directions
  1. In a large saucepan, bring all of the jam ingredients to a boil; season with salt and pepper. Lower the heat to medium and mash with a potato masher. Cook until thick and jamlike, about 20 minutes.
  2. Preheat the oven to 275 degrees . Heat a griddle pan or cast-iron skillet over medium heat. In a large baking dish, whisk together the grated cheese, half-and-half and flour. Whisk in the eggs; season with a few grates of nutmeg and a few grinds of pepper. Soak the bread, 3 pieces at a time, in the egg mixture for a minute or two. Remove 1 piece at a time and press the bread into the shredded cheese. Transfer the bread to a plate. Add 1 tbsp. EVOO to the griddle or skillet and add 3 pieces of bread. Cook, turning, until golden, 5 to 6 minutes. Repeat with the remaining EVOO and bread.
  3. Spread the savory toast with butter, then the tomato jam. If desired, top with an egg and serve with spinach or asparagus.
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