Oh my days! I remember it like it was just yesterday. I was at the farmer’s market in Perth and it was breakfast time. My friend asked if I had ever had Shakshuka.
Shakshuka is a middle eastern dish of baked eggs in a spicy tomato sauce. There are a million variations on it, and it’s another one of those dishes that keep popping up on breakfast menus all over Melbourne.
It was usually something I ate only when I was out and about, but i had the ingredients on hand one morning so thought I’d give it a go. I ended up getting a little carried away and made my own flat bread too…it was a total shame that no one was around to see the finished product because it really was impressive! I added chickpeas instead of the usual chorizo that most versions have, (sorry to be a downer), and it worked, go figure 😉
All up, a great breakfast option packed with protein from the eggs and the chickpeas, and also a good way to get a serve or two of veg in early in the day. Sometimes it can be hard to get your five serves of veggies in every day, so when you get a serve in early with your brekkie it makes it a lot easier! Try having a green smoothie with a bunch of spinach, or making an omelette with mushrooms and capsicums so that you can get a head start and you’re not stuck with a plate of salad for dinner!
1 tsp of olive oil
1 tin of diced tomatoes
1 clove of garlic, finely chopped
1/2 a brown onion, finely chopped
1/2 red capsicum, finely chopped
1/4 tin of chickpeas
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp chilli powder (optional)
1/2 cup wholemeal plain flour
1/4 cup of warm water
pinch of salt
1 tsp of olive oil
To make flat bread. . .
Flour goes in bowl, add salt
Make a well in the center and add oil and water
Use your hands to form a dough
Knead the dough on the bench for a few minutes then break it in two
Use a rolling pin/bottle of wine to roll out your bread
Heat up a pan until hot
Place flat bread on a pan and flip it over when bubbles form
Then cook for another minute and done!
For shakshuka. . .
Heat up the oil in a fry pan
Add the onion and cook slowly until soft but not too brown
Add garlic and spices and cook for another minute
Add in tinned tomatoes, capsicum and chickpeas and cook on a simmer for five minutes, give it a stir every now and then
Make two wells in the pan, crack each egg and slowly put them in the tomato sauce
I get impatient here and put them under the grill to cook the eggs faster (about 5 mins depending on how you like your eggs done), or you can put a lid on the pan and cook them until set
Sprinkle with parsley
Eat from the pan!