I have seen this dish all over the interwebs and I have been drawn to it like a moth to a flame. Poaching eggs in a sauce – oh there are so many ways I want to try that!
Now I must say that this curiosity arises from a very succesful attempt with a poached egg in a pot of chili. So my new kitchen adventure had to be the, getting closer to famous, SHAKSHUKA! Just the name is so awesome it convinced me to try!
Now I must say that I was sold at the first bite – but to be fair I was a little biased so I served it for my husband as well, you know, to put it to the real test. And it passed! He absolutely loved it too! Only one mistake – we didn’t poach the eggs – we baked them – like a hard boiled baked egg. Bummer! But better luck next time right?
To try this in your kitchen print this PDF with the recipe!
Ingredients for 2 people as a main dish or 5 people as a side or brunch:
1 large/2 small onions
50 grams fresh mushrooms (1,75 oz)
1 teaspoon salt
1 red bell peppers
1 tsp cumin
½ tsp paprika
½ tsp turmeric
½ tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp cayenne
2-3 coves of garlic
750 ml chopped tomatoes (3 cups)
1,5 dl water (½ cup)
- Dice the onion and mushrooms and bell pepper into desired sizes
- On a medium-high heat fry the mushrooms and onions with the salt
- Once the onions are turning golden you add the bell peppers.
- Keep this moving on the pan until the peppers are going soft – this is when you add your spice blend and diced garlic.
- Keep that stirring for a good minute and a half.
- Now add the tomatoes and a little water and let simmer until slightly reduced – about 15 minutes. Remember to stir.
- Now taste for salt.
- This is the time for the eggs – crack them one at a time in a glass before adding them – then make a little hole in the sauce and gently put it in
- Cover with a lid and keep a fine eye on the eggs – they take time to cook – but they can feel it if you are not paying attention. I prefer this with a soft yolk and remember that this will keep cooking on the table.
- Serve this with the all time favorite flatbread!
Now this is a very healthy dish! Think about it – there are absolutely no unhealthy ingredients in this recipe. So what can you loose by trying? The mushrooms are supposedly not traditional – actually I have no idea if any of this is traditional – but I don’t really care. It tastes great and it was a lot of fun to make – and it totally works as leftovers! So what is not to like! But if you have a traditional recipe that will beat this – please share it with me!
..Yeah – you were intrigued by the “leftovers” weren’t you? The secret is this: You make this dish as big as you want but only poach the eggs you are going to eat tonight. Then you just reheat the sauce tomorrow and serve a sunny side up egg with it! Genius I must say!