Eggs in Pepper Boats

A quick, delicious and satisfying breakfast with a Mexican twist. Another hit from Jacques Pépin's new cookbook, "Heart & Soul in the Kitchen." One large pepper will serve one or two, depending on how hungry you are.


2 poblano (sometimes labeled "pasilla") peppers (or cubanelle or banana pepper)
1 T. olive oil
4 T. water
1/2 tsp. salt
6 T. grated cheddar cheese
4 eggs
freshly ground black pepper
fresh cilantro leaves (for garnish)

Cut the peppers in half lengthwise and remove the seeds. Put them cut side down in a skillet and add the oil, water and half the salt. Cook, covered, over medium heat for about 4 to 6 minutes, turning occasionally, until softened but still firm.

Turn the peppers hollow side up and sprinkle with the cheese, crack an egg into each one and sprinkle with the rest of the salt and some freshly ground pepper. Return to the stove, cover, and cook for 3 to 6 minutes, depending on how runny you like your yolks. Serve sprinkled with cilantro.

– Jacques Pépin, "Heart & Soul in the Kitchen"