Why do some Italians put "Hard Boiled Eggs in Pasta Sauce" ?
- MariaRN Jul 16, 2013 02:08 PM
Hi All !
The curiosity is killing me! While reminiscing with my Parents, we started a huge conversation about my Grandmother putting eggs in her Sunday Pasta Sauce. I have NEVER heard or seen anyone do this.
Historically, is there a reason why some Italians or Italian Americans put Hard Boiled Eggs in their Sauce? Is it Regional, Cultural or Economic? I searched the internet and could not find any answers. Most sites mentioned poaching eggs in sauce but, my Grandmother boiled eggs and then put them in the sauce as it was cooking.
Also, Someone mentioned having meatballs with raisins. I have the same questions for raisins, as well.
Thanks for Reading & Happy Chowing!
Regional, cultural or economic? My guess is YES. ;-)
Lots of folks whose people hailed from around Naples who are now living in the US like Uova in Purgatorio or Eggs in Purgatory...but these are poached eggs. For folks on a farm who kept chickens, eggs were sometimes a more readily available protein source than meat.
I'm guessing your Nonna was Sicilian...raisins in meatballs and hard boiled eggs in sauce (in lieu of, or along with, meatballs) are both Sicilian things.
Hi Pine !
I believe my Dad said they had pigeons, not sure about the chickens, I will have to ask him. Maybe it was her version of Uova in Purgatorio. Many people change recipes.
I believe my Grandparents were from Naples and Sicily. I need to do my homework and make a genealogy tree!
Thanks Pinehurst ❣
Try it, it's one of the best quick dinners you ever will have. I call it "San Gennaro Sandwich" after the feast in NY, it is a true comfort food.
But I never heard of it in a sauce meant for meatballs etc, so maybe that is what this is really all about. Not that this is hard boiled, it is more like poached.
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