I rave about this dish. It’s so flexible it can be served with all sorts or just on its own and is naturally gluten free. Make it for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner.
With Middle Eastern origins, Shakshouka (also known as Shakshoka), sees a rich tomato base used to poach eggs, allowing them to gently cook within the mixture. A typical breakfast dish in Israel, Shakshouka makes an equally great lunch or dinner option, that’s light yet filling.
Mop up with gf bread if you need filling up, or serve with salad or rice. I love showering with coriander, or if i’m feeling particularly hungry; an avocado. Due to it’s tomato consistency, you can really be quite flexible with what you add. Great for #MeatFreeMondays!
What you need:
Splash of oil
12 cherry tomatoes, halved
4 large mushrooms, chopped
1 clove of garlic, finely shopped
1 tin of chopped tomatoes
1 tin of plum tomatoes
½ red pepper, chopped
2 tbsp ketchup
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp chilli flakes
1 tsp cumin
Handful of coriander
1 avocado, chopped (optional)
Salt and pepper, to season
- Firstly heat a splash or oil in a frying pan, reduce the heat, and gently fry the cherry tomato halves, chopped mushrooms and garlic for roughly 5 minutes.
- Next add the two tins of tomatoes. I use one plum and one chopped to give a mixed consistency, but feel free to use just chopped if that’s all you have. Stir in the ketchup, smoked paprika, chilli flakes and cumin and simmer for 5 minutes. If you prefer a spicier taste, feel free to go wild with the chilli flakes. People often laugh at me when I add ketchup to dishes and I’m not sure why! It gives a little sweetness that’s often needed, as tinned tomatoes can be quite sour in taste.
- Make a few small holes across the dish as it bubbles to make way for the eggs. Crack in your eggs and cover, cooking for a further 10 minutes, or until the eggs are cooked. I tend to do 1 or 2 eggs per person (depending on how hungry they are).
- Remove from the heat and sprinkle with salt, pepper and coriander. If you’re feeling hungry, add a chopped avocado.