This is my signature and go to breakfast dish – Shakshuka. A Mediterranean staple, I fell in love with this in my travels to Israel and Arabia.
Shakshuka is essentially eggs that are cooked in a homemade,stewed tomato sauce.
I serve cucumbers and feta on the side. Sprinkle a little Zaa’tar (Middle Eastern dried herbs- thyme, oregano, etc.) on top for an earthy finish.
I also serve with some warm pita bread or buttered well done, English muffins.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
Step 1: sautee in olive oil
- 1 minced onion
- 1 minced green or red bell pepper
- A few cloves of minced garlic
- Ras El Hanout, sold at World Market, healthy amount (few tablespoons) | this adds an incredible layer of warmth and fragrance
- cumin powder (about a teaspoon)
- red chilli powder or paprika depending on how spicy you want it to be
- salt to taste
- 1- 35 ounce can of Whole Italian Tomatoes (chop these canned whole tomatoes yourself prior to putting in the pan)
- After adding in the spices, if the sauce tastes acidic add a little bit of sugar to offset the acidity – this depends on how it tastes after adding in the spices. You have to taste the sauce and decide for yourself.
- Harissa – morrocan tomato paste , sold at world market ( a few tablespoons); deepens the flavor of the sauce ; can substitute tomato paste
Step 3: in a separate ramekin, crack each egg one by one and then start placing the eggs directly into the sauce one by one. I add as many eggs as I think will fit into the sauce and the pan. Typically about 8-10 eggs are added.
- Once all of the eggs are in the pan of sauce, sprinkle a tiny bit of salt and pepper over the eggs
- Place the Pan of Shakshuka into the oven to cook for 30-40 minutes.
- You know it is ready when an inserted wooden toothpick into the egg comes out clean
- Garnish with some chopped cilantro for added freshness
Fresh flowers are completely optional, but I think it makes all of the difference to the aesthetic of the table. I arranged these bouquets with flowers from our garden. All of the flowers are different and even though their sizes vary greatly, I still love the look of it together.