Updated: Jun 22
Ever heard of it? Me either.....up until about a month ago and now I am seeing it everywhere from my favorite grocery store (Hey, TJs!) to swanky NYC brunch spots. Shakhuka is a traditional Middle Eastern and North African dish of poached eggs in stewed tomatoes and spices-the perfect combo if you ask me! This meal is enjoyed at breakfast, or any other time of the day. I like to keep mine simple and pair with a good quality toast for scooping and dipping. If you have some time to spare you can certainly use the traditional recipe and method of stewing chopped onion, tomatoes and seasoning in a skillet before poaching the eggs right in the sauce.
Or, if time is not on your side, you can rely on eggs in purgatory. Essentially, a less refined version of Shakshuka where you literally poach eggs directly in pre-made tomato sauce. Of course, I try to buy the best quality tomato sauce with little added ingredients, but this route definetely saves on some stewing time. Still not sold? Trader Joes now offers a Shakshuka "starter kits". How great is that? Just place the contents in a skillet and "BYOE"-bring your own eggs. No matter what version you use, you will have a satisfying, nutritious meal that will make you a "foodie" for the day.