We experienced our first Shakshuka in a restaurant we visited in the UK and fell in love with the flavours. After that it was a question of how we could recreate it in our own home. This dish is of Tunisian origin but is also popular in many other Northern African countries like Egypt. Think rich tomato stew with eggs poached on top. For our version, we decided to up the protein and spiciness quotient by adding in some spicy chorizo. Although traditionally eaten at breakfast, we like this dish as a light lunch or dinner served with a nice garden salad on the side 🙂
Shakshuka (makes 6 servings):
1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 a large onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
100g Chorizo, chopped
1 medium red pepper, diced
1/2 can (14oz) diced tomatoes
1/2 can (14oz) crushed tomatoes
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp dried parsley
2 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp cayenne pepper
Salt and pepper to taste
1) Saute onions in a wide, shallow frying pan over medium-high heat until they start to soften then add garlic and cook 2 additional minutes. Add the chopped pepper and chorizo and cook 5 mins longer.
2) Add the canned tomatoes (both kinds) and all spices/herbs and simmer over low heat for 10 mins or until reduced slightly. Add salt and pepper to taste.
3) Crack the eggs into the mixture, distributing evenly (you can do half the eggs for the dinner meal and do the other half the next day for lunch if you like). Cover with a lid and let cook for 10 mins or until the whites of the eggs are cooked (but egg yolks still liquid).
4) Serve with a large spoon making sure the eggs don’t break. Top with some more dried parsley as garnish and enjoy!
Macronutrient Breakdown (per serving=2 eggs/serving):