Okay so you’re all probably thinking “what on earth is shakshuka, and how do you even pronounce that?!”. I thought the same to begin with unti I found out what it actually is and I was won over just reading about it!
It’s basically a tomato based stew which is highly flavoured with yummy herbs and spices, with eggs cracked on top. It’s also so easy to make. You can choose how spicy you want it and if you like the flavour of some spices more than others then you can add more of those. It’s totally up to you. There are many recipe variations flying around the internet like adding chorizo or feta to the mix. My recipe is vegetarian (for those who do eat eggs). Personally I’m not a vegetarian but it’s sustainable and healthy to have some meat free days! I have to admit I rarely have meat free days, more meat free meals but hey ho I’m working on it.
Ingredients (serves 2):
400g tinned tomatoes
1 red pepper
1 green pepper
1 white onion
1 tspn tomato puree
1 clove of garlic
1 tspn cumin
1 tspn paprika
1 tspn mild chilli powder
1/2 tspn cayenne pepper (this is spicy!)
1 tspn cooking oil of your choice
Simply fry the chopped onion, peppers and garlic in the cooking oil. Add in the chopped tomatoes and tomato puree. Add all the spices. Simmer unti all veg is soft and a lot of the liquid has evaporated off. Make four wells in the mixture and crack the eggs into each well. Cover the pan until the eggs are cooked. It took about 10 minutes for the eggs to cook for me.
I served this with some cous cous. Delicious!