Monday, January 25, 2016

Shakshuka

Most people tell me that it is a dish from Israel but it originally comes from Northern Africa, the Maghreb region. People love it all around the middle east.
It is eaten as a breakfast.
Base is a dish with peppers and tomatoes in which eggs are cooked and the whole dish is served with bread to mop up the juices. You can make it in single portions or in a huge pan like a paella pan and the everybody can tuck in.

Shakshuka
I would not eat it early in the morning but as a brunch dish it sounds tasty.

"Pastryismylife" from the Sorted community gave me her recipe, I added a few spices, the chilli and the feta cheese.

Ingredients

recipe:
1 onion
3 cloves of garlic
1 red chilli
1 red bell pepper
1 hand full of cherry tomatoes - you can use a small can of tomatoes or if not add
50 ml of white wine or water, 
1 tbsp tomato paste
fresh parsley
3 eggs
salt, pepper
smoked paprika
cumin
oregano
olive oil
(feta cheese for more richness)

preheat the oven 180 C
Onion, Garlic and Chilli

In an oven proof pan start the oil and saute the onion, garlic and chilli. Let it get soft but not brown.
Add the cubes of pepper and tomato and cook until soft, add the tomato paste and the seasoning. When you use cherry tomatoes, they don´t have enough liquid so you have to add some water or better some white wine. That will take good 15 - 20 minutes.

with Tomatoes and Peppers

Make 3 holes in the mix and drop the eggs in. Season them with salt and pepper.

Get the pan in the oven and wait about 6-7 minutes until the white is set and the yolk still soft.
You can cook it on the stove with a lid on, too.

To make it a bit richer you can add some feta cheese cubes, they will get soft in the oven. Sprinkle with fresh herbs and serve with baguette or other fresh bread.


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