It's never too early to start tailgating and celebrity chef Mario Batali has just the recipe when you feel like getting started first thing in the morning!

• Eggs in Hell
(Serves 4)


4 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
1 medium onion, coarsely chopped
6 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
4 jalapeno peppers, seeded and cut into ¼-inch dice
1 tsp. hot chile flakes
3 cups basic tomato sauce
8 large eggs
¼ cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano or Pecorino


Prepare enough coals for a medium-hot fire or set a gas grill to medium-high.
Heat a skillet, preferably cast iron, on the grill. Add the olive oil and heat until just smoking.
Add the chopped onion, garlic, jalapeno peppers and chile flakes and cook until the vegetables are softened and light brown, about 7 minutes.
Add the tomato sauce and bring to a boil. Immediately lower the heat until the mixture simmers and carefully crack the eggs one-by-one into the sauce.
Cook 5-6 minutes or until as set as desired. (I like the whites set but the yolks still quite runny.)
Remove from heat and sprinkle on the cheese.
Allow to cool 3-4 minutes before serving.

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