Shakshuka

4 Servings
40 min

This is my meatless Monday inspiration for you. I was inspired by Rachael Ray's 30 Minute Meal recipe, but I made it my own with a few twists. What I love about Shakshuka, aside from the taste and presentation, is that it can be served for breakfast, lunch or dinner. This version bursts with flavour and is beautiful to serve for company too. If you've never had Shakshuka before, give it a try. It's easy to prepare and a staple meal in Israel. It is a dish of eggs poached in a sauce of tomatoes, peppers, onions, which is often spiced with cumin and served with different toppings. I garnished with sliced avocado, chopped cilantro and cubes of pan fried halloumi cheese. I also put seasoned toast around the dish to scoop up the wonderful sauce and eggs. Store bought and tater tots rounded out the dish and provided that extra crunch.

Recipe details

  • 4  Servings
  • Prep time: 10 Minutes Cook time: 30 Minutes Total time: 40 min
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Ingredients

Shakshuka

  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 sweet onion chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 4 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce chopped
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp caraway seed
  • 1 tsp coriander seed
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 14 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 avocado sliced
  • 2 Tbsp cilantro chopped

Pan Fried Halloumi

  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 block halloumi cheese

Seasoned Toast

  • 3 slices sourdough bread
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp za’atar
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder

Instructions

Shakshuka

Preheat oven to 400F
Add oil to a 12" cast-iron skillet and heat over medium-high heat.
Add onions to the pan and stir to soften a few minutes. Add seeds, spices, chipotle and garlic; stir.
Add tomatoes and tomato sauce and stir. Make 4 nests in sauce using a wooden spoon and drop eggs into them.
Transfer pan to oven for 7-8 minutes until eggs set.
Garnish eggs with cilantro leaves, sliced avocado and halloumi cubes. Arrange the bread pieces around the skillet.

Pan Fried Halloumi

Heat a non-stick fry pan high heat. Add 1 Tbsp olive oil onto pan and add cheese to brown both sides flipping after a few minutes. Once browned, remove to cutting board and cut into small 1/2 in cubes.
Garnish the Shakshuka with the fried halloumi pieces.

Seasoned Toast

Brush oil over both sides of bread slices and sprinkle with za’atar and garlic powder. Add to hot non-stick fry pan and brown both sides. Remove and cut each piece in half.
Put the pieces of toast around the skillet.

Tips

  • If you don't have halloumi, try crumbled feta or goat's cheese.

Lisa Kotler
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