This is more of the Tunisian style shakshuka, then the potatoand eggplant Turkish version....we love both. But we were a bit disappointed in the versions we had in Tunisia......so much of it looked like scrambled eggs. So when the Missus, a big fan of Yotam Ottolenghi's vegetarian cookbook, Plenty, gave me the green light to get his latest, Jerusalem, I went ahead and ordered it. And wouldn't you know, the first page the Missus opens to is the recipe for Shakshuka! From previous experience with Ottolenghi's recipes, I was certain, with adjustments to our taste, (remember, a recipe for cooking is just an outline) that things would turn out okay at the least.
This recipe uses no onions, but still has a good amount of pungency from the harissa we used. It's a brand we bought from a woman who seels French good at the various Farmer's Markets. You'll have to adjust the amounts based on that. I also bumped up the garlic slightly. You can also check out Cathy's recipe here. The dish she makes is quite similar. The version in the book also uses 4 whole eggs plus 4 yolks....sounded a bit much for us. So we just stuck to three large eggs.
2-3 Tb Olive Oil
2-4 Tb Harissa (depending on brand)
2-3 Tb Tomato Paste (we used more since we used fresh tomatoes which weren't super ripe)
2 large red bell peppers cut into 1/4" dice
5-6 ripe roma tomatoes diced
4-6 cloves garlic finely minced
2 tsp ground cumin
3-4 large eggs - I crack them in bowls and leave them on the side
salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
- Heat olive oil over medium heat in a pan. We used our trusty cast iron pan.
- Add the cumin to "bloom" (not burn), then quickly add harissa, tomato paste, and garlic.
- When fragrant add the red bell peppers and some salt. Stir occasionally for about 8-10 minutes until softened.
- Add tomatoes and cook, stirring occasionally until the sauce thickens.
- Taste and adjust seasoning.
- Make divots in the thick sauce and pour eggs into the divots. I stir the whites of the eggs lightly to enhance the cooking time.
- Lower the heat and simmer for 8-12 minutes, or more to let the eggs set-up to taste. If you enjoy your eggs a bit more well done, you can cover them for a few minutes.
The Missus loves the silken texture of the whites...She expected rubbery, but the couple times we've made this, the eggs have always been wonderful.
Here's the requisite drippy egg shot.
One evening, the Missus bought some merguez. I ended up making the shashuka in the sausage drippings......
Really good stuff!