exPress-o Originals: Shakshuka

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Have you had shakshuka before? Ever since a hummus bar opened on our street Balazs and I’ve been weekly enjoying a shared hummus, falafels and shakshuka plate and topped it off with a cup of mint tea. It is such a feast for the taste buds that I couldn’t resist learning the technique myself. Plus, it’s a fantastic dish to wow your dinner guests as it’s a true comfort food and the presentation is mind-blowingly beautiful. Remember last Friday?

It’s basically a scrumptious combination of fresh veggies like tomatoes, red peppers, garlic and a few other spices that will make your kitchen smell divine. The trick is to make sure that your peppers and tomatoes get well cooked (almost mushy). The rest will come together beautifully in no time. Fun fact: In Isreal shakshuka is considered a breakfast.

Here is the full recipe if you fancy wowing your guests next time they come over for dinner:

(Adapted from Yotam Ottolenghi & Sami Tamimi. Makes 2-4 serves)

* 2 tbsp olive oil
* 2 tbsp harissa
* 2 tsp tomato purée
* 2 large red peppers (diced into small pieces)
* 4-6 garlic cloves, finely chopped
* 1 tsp ground cumin
* 5 large and very ripe tomatoes (chopped finely)
* 4 eggs
* salt, pepper, paprika

Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan over medium heat and add the harissa, tomato purée, peppers, garlic, cumin and a generous pinch of salt. Next, stir and cook the mix for around 20-30 minutes or until the peppers really soften. After that add tomatoes and bring the whole sauce to a simmer. Cook it for around 30 minutes or until it thickens and the tomatoes become mushy. Season to taste. Next, make four little dips in the sauce, gently break the eggs and carefully pour each in its own dip.  Use a fork to swirl the egg whites a little with the sauce. Just make sure not to break the yolks. Simmer the sauce with the eggs for additional 10-12 minutes or until the egg whites are set but the yolks are still runny. Remove from heat and enjoy it. Ta dah!

Loves, fancy some shakshuka? xo

P.S: Here is my favourite take on hummus.
P.P.S: And here are a few other recipes that I love.

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The Everything List said...

this looks awesome! do you think if i made a big batch of it for the week that it could be reheated?

Ana Morais said...

i only tried it once in a friend of a friend's house. and i just loved it!
Now, thanks to you i have the recipe. And of course, with some adaptations (as usual) i'm gonna try this one for sure!

Tiffany Kadani said...

Whoa! This looks amazing!!!

Jen of MadeByGirl said...

Looks amazing! Must try it!


Diana Mieczan said...

Chapstick Fanatic, yes! Just make sure to skip the last part (the egg part) while making the big batch. So you add the eggs while reheating for 10-12 minutes. I would also suggest adding a bit of cold water to begin with each time you are reheating. It's good for making the consistency all creamy again. Hope that helps:)

Diana Mieczan said...

Great, Ana! :)

Diana Mieczan said...

Thanks, Jen and Tiffany:)

Elsa de Diego said...

Well, the pics looks awesome to me. Can't wait to try it! Muah!

Diana Mieczan said...

You are a sweetheart, Elsa:)

lauren jean allece said...

I love shakshuka! It's one of my best friends' favorite meals so I make it for him from time to time (I love making it almost as much as I love eating it!)

Martina // Spunkyrella said...

I love Shakshuka! I had it once this summer as breakfast well brunch at a great eatery nearby called Neni´s.

The owner even released a cook-book with her original recipe inside. It´s delish!
Here´s the link if you like to take a look :)


Diana Mieczan said...

Oh yes, Lauren! I know the feeling:)

Diana Mieczan said...

Martie, thanks for the link. It looks amazing and so scrumptious:)

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