Shakshuka is a healthy and hearty breakfast dish which comes from the middle east and north Africa. Packed with spice and cumin, this dish is great as a late morning brunch. A simple combination of tomatoes spices, peppers and onions, along with gently poached eggs, its a must try breakfast to show off to friends.
- Eggs ( 2 per person usually)
- Tinned toms
- A pepper
- A small onion (red if poss)
- 4 mushrooms
- A few cloves of garlic
- Tomato puree
- Smoked Paprika
- Salt and Pepper
- Dash of Tumeric
- Chorizio/sausage if desired. NOTE check for gluten in sausages.
This amount usually suits two people. Add more eggs if desired. Season to your own spice rating, however go hard on the cumin for that super delicious African taste.
* Due to my current knee operation I’ve been adding turmeric to many of my dishes to help with anti inflammatory. Turmeric has so many natural health benefits including, anti-inflammatory properties, pain relief, improved liver functioning and digestion. So add a dash to this dish for an extra punch *
- Dice your onion, pepper, and mushrooms and then peal and finely chop your garlic.
- Slowly sweat down your onions in a deep frying pan, and then add the peppers and garlic and repeat. Finally add your mushrooms until soft. NOTE. if using sausage/ chorizo add this to your pan first until cooked.
- Add your tinned tomatoes to the pan, and swill your can out with a 1/4 water and add to the dish.
- Add in your herbs, spices and tomato puree.
- Slowly simmer this for approx 10 minutes.
- Make two small holes in your mix and take pan off the heat. Crack your eggs into the hole. ( if the mix spills back in just carefully ease it away) Repeat for all the eggs and return to a low heat.
- Cover the pan with a lid/ chopping board if you do not have one big enough.
- Slowly cook the mix until the eggs are cooked on the top. Do so on a low heat to ensure they don’t over cook.
A great a compliment to add alongside your Shakshuka eggs is homemade guacamole. The limey garlicy avocado goes great with the northern spices in the eggs. I often eat this dish as it is, as its packed with filling vegetables, but feel free to add some toast or another form of bread if you want.
So give Shashuka a try and let me know how it goes. Drop me a comment below or via my Instagram.