Shakshuka is a popular dish across North Africa and the Middle East. Simply sauté veggies, spices, and tomatoes until thickened, form indentations in the hot sauce and then slip eggs into the hollows to poach.
Total Time: 30 minutes
- 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 3 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1 red bell pepper, chopped
- 1 tsp smoked paprika
- 1 tsp cumin, ground
- 1 tsp coriander, ground
- 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp honey
- 1 15-oz. can crushed tomatoes
- 4 cups salad spinach, chopped
- 6 large eggs
- 1/2 cup parsley, chopped
- 2 oz. feta cheese (optional)
Drizzle the olive oil in a 12-inch skillet and place the pan over medium- high heat. Heat for a few seconds, then add the onions and stir until they start to sizzle. Reduce the heat to medium-low and sauté for about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and peppers and sauté for 5 minutes longer to soften the peppers. Add the paprika, cumin, coriander, red pepper flakes, salt, and honey and stir, then stir in the crushed tomatoes. Raise the heat to bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook until thick, about 5 minutes. Stir in the spinach and cook until just wilted and dark green.
Use the back of a spoon to make 6 indentations for the eggs. Crack each egg into a cup and then pour carefully into the indentations. Cover the pan and cook for about 8 minutes, until the whites of the eggs are set. Test by poking the whites with a paring knife. If you like your egg yolks firmer, cook longer.
When eggs are done to your liking, sprinkle with parsley and feta, if desired.
Serve 1 egg, with about a cup of the vegetable mixture, on each plate.
Serve over warm pitas or toast, along with a side of chickpea salad or hummus.