Oh a recent visit to Damson & Co, I discovered a new food. My friend had a green shakshuka. What? A food containing soft eggs that I’ve never heard of? I needed to know more. A quick Google search later, and M and I were tucking into this beauty of a Saturday lunchtime. This is the green Shakshuka’s red and spicy cousin – the original, I think. It’s traditionally a breakfast food, but it’s joyful at any time of day. Spicy, thick tomato sauce is the perfect bed for just-done eggs, and even more perfect with crispy tortilla dry fried in the pan.
This amount serves 2 very generously for lunch, or would serve 4 perfectly for breakfast.
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 red onion, thinly sliced
- 1 red pepper, thinly sliced
- 3 cloves of garlic, thinly sliced
- 1 teaspoon cumin (seeds or ground work fine)
- 1 teaspoon sweet smoked paprika
- 1 scant teaspoon cayenne if you like a hit of spice, or to taste
- 1 tin of tomatoes
- 4 oz feta cheese, crumbled
- 4 large eggs
- 3 tortilla, to serve
- Preheat the oven to 190c (170 fan or 375F).
- Heat your oil over a medium-low heat in an oven-proof pan. A skillet is perfect, but a casserole dish worked fine.
- Add the onion and red pepper. Cook gently, stirring to make sure nothing burns, until very soft – between ten and twenty minutes.
- Add the garlic and cook until tender, 1 to 2 minutes, making sure it doesn’t catch. Stir in the cumin, paprika and cayenne, and cook for another minute.
- Pour in the tomatoes and simmer until they have thickened, about 10 minutes.
- Slice your feta into cubes,and gently mix through the sauce.
- Gently crack the eggs into the pan over the tomato sauce. Season generously with salt and pepper.
- Now transfer to the oven and bake until the eggs are just set, with opaque whites but wobbly yolks – this should take 7 – 10 minutes.
- While the eggs are cooking, toast your tortilla in a dry frying pan until crispy. Cut into triangles and dip and dunk into your shakshuka.
Listening to Greenback Boogie by Ima Robot, Photograph by Ed Sheeran and Love Yourself by Justin Bieber (I’m sorry, okay. IT’S CATCHY.)
© Rebecca Daley and ohtogoawandering, 2016.