Shakshuka | Eggs Poached in Spiced Tomato Sauce {recipe}

feel the fear. shakshuka anyway.
Because this recipe for shakshuka calls for canned tomatoes, it can be made any time of the year.

If by chance it is summer and you have a few pounds of farm-fresh very ripe, drippingly juicy tomatoes, use them! Chop the tomatoes up without even peeling them, and add to your pan as the recipe directs, but cook them for a little longer than 10 minutes so they render themselves, with a few helpful nudges of your wooden spoon, into a rough puree.

Shakshuka | Eggs Poached in Spiced Tomato Sauce {recipe}

serves 4


2 tablespoons light cooking oil like grapeseed or canola oil
1 onion, finely chopped (about 1 cup chopped)
3-4 large cloves of garlic, finely chopped
1 roasted red pepper, chopped
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon paprika
1 28-ounce can whole tomatoes
salt and pepper (to taste)
4-6 eggs
½ cup feta cheese, crumbled
chopped Italian parsley
serve alongside: additional crumbled feta cheese and chopped parsley, hot chili sauce, herbed yogurt, olives, grilled bread


Heat oven to 350°F.

Heat oil in a skillet with high sides over medium-high heat. Add onions and garlic and cook until soft and very lightly golden brown. Add roasted red pepper, cumin, and paprika, and cook, stirring frequently, about 5 minutes.

Pour tomatoes and their liquid into the pan. Using a wooden spoon, carefully crush the tomatoes against the bottom and sides of the pan. Cook until heated through (and all the tomatoes are crushed), about 10 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Crack eggs into sauce. You may need to use a spoon to gently push eggs into the sauce, taking care not to break the yolks. Sprinkle crumbled feta cheese over the top, pushing some of the feta cheese into the sauce. Transfer pan to oven and bake until eggs are set, about 5-7 minutes.

Remove pan from oven, sprinkle with chopped parsley. Serve alongside hot chili sauce, herbed yogurt, olives, and grilled bread for scooping.

shakshuka in bowls

shakshuka, plated in bowls

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