Shakshuka is a popular breakfast dish originating from the Middle East and North Africa. It comprises poached eggs in a spicy tomato sauce with onions and chili peppers. This hearty and flavorful dish has gained popularity worldwide for its simplicity and versatility. It can be served for breakfast, brunch, or a light lunch or dinner.
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Growing up, one of my favorite meals was tomatoes and eggs, also known as shakshuka. My dad would make banadora with baied, a traditional Moroccan dish that combines the two ingredients, every Thursday when he got home before my mom. In just half an hour, he would whip up a filling and flavorful meal that we’d enjoy with freshly-baked pita bread. This dish became a staple in our household, and I’ve since created my recipe to surprise my family.
My personal take on shakshuka incorporates the best elements of my dad’s recipe and the traditional Moroccan version. With this recipe, you can enjoy this dish any time of day – not just for breakfast! It’s an excellent choice for Sunday brunch, as it’s colorful, unique, and, most importantly, delicious.
What Is Shakshuka?
Shakshuka is a famous breakfast dish in The Middle East and African countries. The fun name, shakshuka, refers to a dish of poached eggs in a spiced tomato sauce with onions and chili peppers. This dish is a staple in Moroccan cuisine and has gained popularity worldwide due to its unique and delicious flavors. The combination of sweet and tangy tomatoes, spicy chili peppers, and rich, runny egg yolks make shakshuka a treat for the senses. Shakshuka is similar to huevos rancheros and often considered a Mediterranean version of the dish. Enjoy this versatile dish any time of day and customize it to suit different tastes and dietary preferences. Whether you’re a fan of spicy food or prefer a milder flavor, shakshuka will satisfy your taste buds.
Spice it Up: Turmeric and Aleppo Pepper in Tomatoes and Eggs.
Turmeric is a warm, slightly bitter spice commonly used in Middle Eastern and South Asian cuisine. In addition to adding flavor, turmeric is also known for its anti-inflammatory properties and bright yellow color. On the other hand, Aleppo pepper is a mild chili pepper with a fruity and slightly salty flavor. It is commonly used in Middle Eastern cuisine and adds a subtle heat to dishes. Together with the salt and black pepper, these spices help balance the tomatoes’ sweetness and add a depth of flavor to the dish.
Sauteed Greens and Herbs Shakshuka: To switch up the traditional tomato base. Try sauteing kale or spinach with onions, garlic, and fresh herbs like parsley or mint. The resulting dish is packed with flavor but with an extra nutritional boost from the greens. The eggs are cooked in the sauteed greens and herb mixture, like in the original recipe.
Chickpea and Lentil Shakshuka with Spices: For a heartier variation, you can add chickpeas, cooked lentils, and a blend of warming spices like cumin, coriander, and turmeric to the tomato sauce. The dish can also be topped with a dollop of yogurt or labneh for added creaminess. Cilantro and harissa sauce can be added for extra heat and flavor. The resulting dish is wholesome. Enjoy this filling meal any time of the day.
Remember, these are just a couple of ideas for variations of shakshuka. Feel free to play with different ingredients and flavors to find the perfect version that suits your tastes.
Pairing Suggestions for Your Shakshuka:
Absolutely! Shakshuka is a versatile dish that can be served for breakfast, brunch, or even lunch. It pairs well with various sides, depending on the time of day and your preference.
A good piece of taboon bread or pita is perfect for serving shakshuka for breakfast or brunch. You can also do it next to traditional breakfast items like hummus and foul mudammas for a complete meal. Consider pairing shakshuka with fresh fruit or a green smoothie for a lighter breakfast.
If you’re serving shakshuka for lunch, pair it with Tunisian couscous or a light salad. You can also do it with roasted vegetables or a side of quinoa for a more substantial meal. Consider a healthy arugula fennel with orange and goat cheese salad for a more delicate salad.
Let cook for about 5 minutes, and add ¼ cup of water. Mix the ingredients, cover the skillet, and cook for about 30 minutes on low heat.
Sprinkle some chopped parsley over the dish, and enjoy!
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Enjoy the flavors of the Mediterranean with this easy-to-make Shakshuka recipe! Perfect for breakfast or brunch, this dish features poached eggs in a spiced tomato sauce with onions, chili peppers, and various herbs and spices. Try it with your favorite bread or as a side to your favorite Mediterranean-inspired meal.
|3 cloves garlic minced|
|½ large onion chopped|
|1 cup diced yellow pepper + diced orange pepper. You can also add red or green peppers.|
|2 tablespoons diced jalapeno pepper|
|5 large tomatoes ripe and diced|
|1/4 cup water|
|5 large eggs|
|¼ cup ditched kalamata olives|
|½ cup shredded halloumi cheese|
|¼ cup fresh chopped parsley|
|one teaspoon of each salt, black pepper, turmeric, and Aleppo pepper. Save a pinch of the Aleppo pepper to sprinkle on top and Italian parsley.|
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