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Lidia Bastianich Shares Her Recipe

News about Lidia Bastianich’s newest cookbook and a quick recipe that you’ll love

Lidia Bastianich, one of the most beloved chefs on television, best-selling cookbook author and restaurateur, recently celebrated the 15th anniversary of her restaurant, located in the Crossroads Arts District, with a special dinner in September.

Her newest cookbook, “Lidia’s Commonsense Italian Cooking,” will be published in October. Click the pic below to buy a copy!

For now, Lidia shares this simple recipe for oregano eggs from the cookbook.


Uova all’Origano

This is one of the simplest and yet tastiest preparations of eggs I’ve ever had. One afternoon, a friend and I unexpectedly dropped in on my friend Mario in Trieste. It was lunchtime, and he had a big basket full of fresh eggs he had brought down from the Carso, the high plateau surrounding Trieste. Eggs it was for lunch, served with a bowl of radicchio salad. We were just a few people that day, but this recipe is so very easy to modify for smaller or larger groups.

Serves 4

  • 2 tablespoons extra- virgin olive oil
  • 8 large eggs
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ¼ cup grated Grana Padano or
  • Parmigiano-Reggiano

Set a large (12-inch) nonstick skillet over a burner that’s still off. Swirl the pan with the olive oil, and gently break all the eggs to fill the pan, taking care not to break the yolks. Sprinkle with the salt and dried oregano. Sprinkle the grated cheese over all.

Cover the skillet, and turn the flame to medium- low. Cook until the whites are set and the yolks are done to your liking, about 7 to 8 minutes for still-runny yolks. This is a great breakfast or main course, or, served over some arugula, it can be an appetizer.

Quick Tip

It can be difficult to crack eggs into a skillet for frying. Instead, you can crack two eggs into a small glass bowl and then slide them into the skillet when it’s hot.

Excerpted from “Lidia’s Commonsense Italian Cooking” by Lidia Bastianich. Copyright © 2013 by Tutti a Tavola, LLC. Excerpted by permission of Knopf, a division of Random House, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.