Shakshuka (Eggs Poached in Tomato Sauce)

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This recipe may seem odd to some of you. When I first heard about it from a friend living in Israel, I was a little bit hesitant. A few months later, I visited her in Israel and got to eat this at a beautiful restaurant in Tel Aviv. I fell in love with Shakshuka for a breakfast/brunch recipe. I do not like my eggs runny and gooey, so I tend to cook mine a little longer, but the flavor of this dish is so delicious. The eggs are creamy, the sauce is bright and acidic, and the peppers & onions add some nice texture. I encourage you to try this dish out for a brunch & see how surprised you are by how much your loved ones like it! 🙂

Serves: 4

-5 large eggs

-1, 24 oz can of crushed tomatoes

-1/2 cup water

-1 red bell pepper, diced

-1 yellow bell pepper, diced

-1 large onion, diced

-2 cloves garlic, minced

-2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

-1 and 1/2 tsps salt

-1 tsp paprika

-1 tsp pepper

-1/2 tsp red pepper flakes (for garnish)

-1/2 tsp dried oregano (for garnish)

-1/2 cup fontina or feta cheese for the top

In a fairly large skillet, heat your olive oil on medium heat. Cook the diced onions for about 10 minutes until translucent, then add the peppers and garlic. Cook for another 10 minutes, then add the crushed tomatoes, water, salt, paprika, and pepper. Stir well.

When the sauce begins to bubble on the sides of the pan, make indentations in the tomato sauce & gently crack your egg into each of these “holes.” Evenly distributing them around the dish. I like to crack four eggs around the sides of the pan and then one in the middle. This will look kind of weird, as the eggs are still raw and gooey, but they will poach & firm up in the tomato sauce. Cover your pan with a tight fitting lid, turn the heat to medium, and cook for about 20 minutes. I prefer my eggs to be cooked through, but if you’d like to be a little bit runny, take the pan off the heat at about 15-16 minutes.

Garnish with red pepper flakes, dried oregano, and cheese (if you’d prefer). The cheese will get nice and melted and gooey on top. Serve with a hearty bread & enjoy!

 

 

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