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Egg and Anchovy Crostini

Serves 8

Total Time
35 mins

Chris Cosentino—chef at San Francisco's Incanto restaurant and author of Beginnings; My Way to Start a Meal (Olive Press; $25)—likes his eggs with soft yolks, and here he nestles them into lemon-scented toasts. Instead of using ordinary canned anchovies, he uses marinated white anchovies, which have a fresher, cleaner taste.

su-Egg and Anchovy Crostini

Photo: Annabelle Breakey

  Sea salt
 4 extra-large eggs
  12-in. length of baguette (2 1/2 to 3 in. wide), split lengthwise
 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
 1 lemon
 16 marinated white anchovy fillets*
 2 tablespoons roughly chopped flat-leaf parsley
 2 tablespoons chive pieces (about 1/2 in. long)
Step 1

Fill a bowl with ice water and salt. Bring a saucepan of water to a boil and lower in eggs with a spoon; cook 6 1/2 minutes for a softly set egg. Transfer eggs to salted ice water (salt helps the shells come off more easily) and cool completely, about 5 minutes. Peel eggs and set aside.

Step 2

Preheat broiler with a rack set 4 in. from heat. Brush baguette with oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Toast bread, turning once, until warm and golden brown, about 5 minutes. Rub cut side of bread with whole lemon to extract oils from peel.

Step 3

Use a 1 1/2-in. round cutter to cut 4 evenly spaced holes in each baguette half, or use a knife and scoop out with a spoon. Slice bread crosswise between holes into 8 pieces.

Step 4

Cut eggs in half crosswise and set an egg into each hole. Sprinkle eggs with salt and pepper. Lay 2 anchovies over each and sprinkle with parsley and chives.

Step 5

*Find in well-stocked grocery stores or Italian markets, or substitute good-quality regular canned or jarred anchovies that you've tossed in a little sherry vinaigrette.

Nutrition Facts

Servings 0

Amount Per Serving
Calories 179Calories from Fat 35
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7.1g11%

Saturated Fat 1.6g8%
Cholesterol 125mg42%
Sodium 546mg23%
Total Carbohydrate 20g7%

Dietary Fiber 1.1g5%
Protein 9.9g20%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.