Israeli Comfort Food: Mediterranean Shakshuka

Israeli Comfort Food: Mediterranean Shakshuka | 31Daily.com

When you’re craving breakfast for dinner, this Israeli comfort food, Mediterranean Shakshuka, is the epitome of easy and delish.




This dish is bright and beautiful, incredibly flavorful, and so satisfying with its spicy overtones. Adding pita or challah to the meal makes this comfort food at its finest.

Shakshouka is believed to have originated in North Africa but is a staple of Libyan, Tunisian, Algerian, Moroccan, and Israeli cuisines. It’s traditionally served in a cast iron pan or tajine as in Morocco with bread to mop up the tomato sauce.

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Simple to prepare, the dish begins with a tomato sauce simply made in a skillet on the stove. Then freshly cracked eggs are nestled into the sauce and finished in the oven.

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Israeli Comfort Food: Mediterranean Shakshuka

Israeli Comfort Food: Mediterranean Shakshuka | 31Daily.com

When you’re craving breakfast for dinner, this Israeli comfort food, Mediterranean Shakshuka, is the epitome of easy and delish.

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Ingredients

  • tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup onion, thinly sliced
  • large red bell pepper, seeded and thinly sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
  •  teaspoon cayenne, or to taste
  • 1 (28-ounce) can whole tomatoes with juices, coarsely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt, more as needed
  • pinch of black pepper
  • 6 large eggs
  • Chopped cilantro and scallions, for serving
  • Hot sauce, for serving

Instructions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Add onion and bell pepper, saute until very soft, about 20 minutes. Add garlic and cook, 1 to 2 minutes; stir in cumin, paprika, and cayenne. Cook 1 minute more. Pour in tomatoes and season with salt and pepper; simmer until tomatoes have thickened, about 10 minutes.

Gently crack eggs into the skillet over the tomatoes. Season each egg with salt and pepper. Transfer skillet to the oven and bake until eggs are set about, 7 to 10 minutes. Sprinkle with fresh cilantro and scallions. Serve with hot sauce is desired.


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