When I say Shakshuka, people look at my like im crazy. “shaka what?”. Shakshuka is a nice tomato-egg dish from the middle east. It is very popular in Israel, where they eat it for breakfast. It is not very hard to make, you only need one pan. I like to eat it as lunch or dinner. I would not eat it for breakfast (but maybe you would?). When you eat it for dinner, I recommend adding a nice fresh salad and some bread to dip in the sauce.
What do you need?
- olive oil
- 1/2 onion
- 1 clove garlic
- 1 bell pepper
- 2 cans diced tomatoes
- 2 small spoons of pure tomato paste
- 1tsp mild chilipowder
- 1tsp cumin
- 1tsp paprikapowder
- A little bit of cayenne peper (optional, if you don’t like spicy food then skip this)
- A little bit of sugar (optional)
- 6 eggs
- fresh parsley, chopped (optional, for decorating)
- Cut the onion, garlic and bell pepper
- Add olive oil to a pan and add the onion and garlic. Sauté for a few minutes.
- Add the bell pepper and cook until it is soft
- Then add the tomato dices and paste and let it simmer for 5 mintues, so the sauce reduces a bit
- Now you can add the herbs to your taste. Do you want a sweet shakshuka? Then add some extra sugar. Do you like it spicy? Then add some cayenne pepper, but watch out because it is really spicy!
- Crack the eggs (one at the time) and divide them evenly over the tomato sauce. The easiest way is to put 1 egg in the middle and place the other 5 around that egg.
- Cover the pan and let it simmer for 10-15 minutes, or until the eggs are cooked. If you like, you can cook them a little shorter to have eggs that are softer. Watch out that the sauce does not reduce too much, otherwise it will burn! Than just add some water.
- Serve 1 egg a person with some tomate sauce and decorate the dish with some fresh chopped parsley.
If you want to eat shakshuka for dinner, I recommend eating it with a fresh salad and some nice bread.