Sunnyside Up Eggs in Tomato Sauce with Greek Fried Potato Skins


Against the Grain

Published by William Morrow

This image courtesy of Joseph DeLeo

Editor's Note: Start your day on the right foot with this recipe for Sunnyside Up Eggs in Tomato Sauce with Greek Fried Potato Skins. This hearty breakfast recipe is one that will keep you going all morning. It's filled with generous portions of vegetables and includes herbs, cheese, and eggs. You likely won't feel hungry after tucking into this meal! Although this is typically a recipe that is served for breakfast or brunch, you can definitely serve it for dinner, too. This recipe won't take long to make and is perfect for those hectic days on your calendar. 

Okay, so the silver-dollar-shaped potatoes fried in olive oil are off limits to low carbers, but fried potato skins are an excellent alternative, offering a fraction of the carbs without skimping on the sinful flavor.

Serves2 servings

Cooking MethodFrying



Total Timeunder 1 hour

OccasionFamily Get Together

Recipe CourseMain Course

MealBreakfast, Brunch, Dinner

Taste and TextureCrisp, Herby, Salty, Savory


  • 3 ripe tomatoes, seeded and coarsely chopped
  • 1 small garlic clove, smashed
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 large russet potatoes
  • 4 large eggs
  • Olive oil for frying
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 scant teaspoon oregano
  • 2 tablespoons grated kefalotyri or other hard yellow sheep’s milk cheese


  1. Place the tomatoes in a food processor and puree, them, skins and all. Add the garlic, basil, 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper to taste and pulse to combine. Place in a large skillet over low heat and cook, covered, for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the sauce is thick and pulpy.

  2. Meanwhile, wash and scrub the potatoes very well and pat dry. Using a sharp potato peeler, peel off the skin in spirals. Place the skins in a bowl filled with ice water for 15 to 20 minutes. Drain and blot dry on paper towels. Save the potatoes for another use.

  3. Fill another heavy skillet with olive oil to reach a ½-inch up the sides. Heat the oil over high heat to 375 degrees F. To test, drop a small piece of the potato skin into the hot oil; if it sizzles, the oil is ready.

  4. Carefully break the eggs into the tomato sauce. Cook over low heat until the eggs set in the sauce, about 7 to 8 minutes.

  5. While the eggs cook, place the potato skins in the hot oil and fry them; it won’t take more than a minute or so. Remove, drain the skins on paper towels, and place in a bowl. Sprinkle with kosher salt to taste, oregano, and grated cheese. Using a large spoon, carefully remove the eggs from the skillet and place on 2 serving plates. 

  6. Divide the potato skins between the two plates and serve, with the sauce spooned on top.

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