It’s delicious, easy, and fun to say: Shakshuka

I can’t think of shakshuka without wanting to shout it. Shakshuka! It just feels like it needs an exclamation point at the end. It’s not simply shakshuka. It’s Shakshuka!

Okay, weirdo, you might be thinking. What is shakshuka already?

I’m glad you asked. Shakshuka is a dish of eggs poached in a liquid of tomatoes, onions, peppers, and spices. You might think of it as a savory, possibly spicy, breakfast for dinner. It’s got a good amount of protein, healthy fats, and is a terrific way to serve a variety of veggies (try throwing in some zucchini!)

I discovered shakshuka just a few years ago, but since then it’s become a stand-by dinner that my whole family, even the kids, really love. I’ve adapted a variety of recipes to come up with this version, which is everyone’s current favorite.

Ingredients:

6 large eggs
1 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes
1 1/2 cups peas (if using frozen, defrost for 10 min before adding)
2 ounces ham, diced or thinly sliced
2 red peppers
1 onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon chili powder (more to taste)
2 teaspoons smoked paprika
1 tablespoon olive oil

Start by roasting the red peppers. Rub them with a drizzle of olive oil and place under the broiler until the skin gets black and charred. Remove from oven and put them in a covered dish to steam.

Heat oil in a large pan and saute onions until soft. Stir in spices, then add garlic and cook for two minutes. Add tomatoes, ham, and peas and bring to low boil. If it seems too dry, add a little chicken stock, tomato sauce, or even water.

While that’s going on, peel peppers and dice, then add to sauce. Taste and season accordingly.

Use a spoon to make six little pockets in the sauce, one for each egg. Carefully crack eggs into their pockets, turn heat to low, and cover. Poach until eggs are desired doneness.

Serving suggestion – top with a few sprinkles of shredded Parmesan and cover so it gets nice and melty (as pictured above, with rustic whole wheat bread)

This recipe makes two Jay-sized servings, so that’s what they nutrition information below reflects. If it seems more like three servings to you, feel free to do the math:

Calories: 508
Fat: 21.8 g
Carbs: 40.6 g
Protein: 32.3 g

And that, folks, is shakshuka! What do you think? Sound good?

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