I distinctly remember hoping for a normal month in November in my last post. HA! I’ve been laid low with a particularly nasty cold for the last few days, which has also coincided with the depressing news from America on Tuesday. I also haven’t done any baking yet, so I thought I’d share my recipe for Middle Eastern baked eggs, shakshuka, instead.
If you’re on Instagram, you’ve probably seen hundreds of photos of shakshuka breakfasts/brunches so far. It is a pretty photogenic dish, to be fair! However, it’s also really tasty thanks to the spicing, and is very easy to make.
The only slight downside is that it takes a little longer to make than your average scrambled eggs on toast, but it’s so worth it!
My recipe makes a rather spicy shakshuka, so feel free to dial down the chilli if you like. Also, despite the title of this post, I don’t bake the dish – I just use the hob and grill. But you can cook shakshuka pretty much any way you please (see my suggestions below).
I’ve also listed some ways you can tweak this recipe to make Indian and Mexican versions of shakshuka.
Shakshuka (Middle Eastern baked eggs) recipe
- 1 tbsp sunflower or vegetable oil
- 0.5 onion, finely chopped
- 0.5 pepper of any colour, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped or crushed
- 1 small green chilli, finely chopped
- 0.5 tsp chilli flakes
- 400g tinned chopped tomatoes
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 0.5 tsp paprika (or smoked paprika if you like)
- 1-2 tbsp parsley, chopped
- salt and black pepper, to taste
- 4-5 eggs
- 50-100g feta, crumbled, to serve (or plain yogurt works well, too)
- toasted pittas or other bread of your choice, to serve
- Heat the oil in a large frying pan.
- Cook the onion and pepper until softened.
- Add the garlic, green chilli and chilli flakes, and cook for 1-2 minutes.
- Add the tomatoes, seasoning, cumin, paprika and most of the parsley, saving some for the garnish. Simmer for 10 minutes until slightly thickened (the sauce will cook further after adding the eggs, so don’t let it get too thick!).
- Make indentations in the sauce for the eggs. Crack them into each little pocket, trying to keep the yolks whole!
- Cook for 5-10 minutes, uncovered, until the whites start to firm from beneath. Finish off under the grill for a couple of minutes to ensure the whites are set on top, while trying not to overcook the yolks. Alternatively, you can cover the pan after adding the eggs, but they cook quicker this way, so keep checking on them! If you have an oven-proof pan, you can also cover and bake the dish in the oven.
- Serve the shakshuka with your bread of choice and top with the feta or yogurt and the remaining parsley. A nice finishing touch is to sprinkle a little more ground cumin on the eggs, if you like.
Variation: Indian baked eggs
Add a teaspoon of grated ginger with the garlic and green chilli in step 3, and add turmeric with the ground spices in step 4 (you could also add 200g of cooked chickpeas here). Swap the parsley for fresh chopped coriander and serve with yogurt rather than feta.
You could stir some cucumber, coriander, ground cumin, red chilli powder and salt into the yogurt to make a quick raita. You could also swap the pittas for mini naans.
Variation: Mexican baked eggs
You could add 200g of cooked black beans or red kidney beans with the tomatoes in step 4. Add a teaspoon of cocoa powder or a couple of squares of dark chocolate and half a teaspoon of ground coriander at this stage too.
Swap the parsley for coriander and the feta for soured cream (and/or guacamole if you like). Garnish with sliced jalapenos. You could swap the pittas for tortillas or just some plain crusty bread.