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Poached Eggs With Baked Feta and Olives

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“"Defne Koryürek created this recipe, a.k.a. Eggs alla Kortun, when she and her husband, Vasif Kortun, were living in New York City in the ’90s. He loved the combination of toasted bread, poached eggs, sizzling feta and olives, so she decided to name the dish after him. When they returned to Istanbul, Koryürek opened a café, Refika; this was one of the first things she put on the menu. She says, “To our delight, it sold like crazy!” It is an awesome combination and got eaten up ever-so quickly ;). From Food & Wine Magazine, "Istanbul's Newest Tastemaker, Pairing of the Day, May 2008 edition.Eggs can be difficult to pai with wine, but feta, olives & bread make this dish much more wine-friendly. Pair it with a fruity Mediterranean rose.”

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat the broiler and position a rack 6 inches from the heat.
  2. Bring a large deep skillet of water to a simmer.
  3. Brush the focaccia with olive oil and broil until lightly toasted.
  4. Put a slab of feta into each of 6 individual gratin dishes.
  5. Drizzle each slab with 1 teaspoon of the oil.
  6. Sprinkle lightly with Aleppo pepper and broil for 2 to 3 minutes, until lightly browned and sizzling.
  7. Meanwhile, crack the eggs one at a time into a small bowl, then slide them into the simmering water.
  8. Poach until the whites are set but the yolks are still runny, about 4 minutes.
  9. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the eggs to the gratin dishes and season with salt.
  10. Sprinkle with Aleppo pepper, the olives and sage.
  11. Serve with the focaccia.

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