I admit that when it comes to breakfast I stick with the basics.  When I go out for breakfast I always look longingly at the more interesting options but I always fall back on simple.  When we were in Israel a few years ago I absolutely loved having Shakshuka for breakfast.  Recently the NYX posted recipe for Shakshuka that I ripped out and left on my desk.  I finally got around to making it.  Easy to make and absolutely delicious.  Might see myself making this treat more often.

1 sweet onion halved and thinly sliced

1 red pepper seeded and thinly sliced

1 tsp. cumin

1 tsp. sweet paprika

1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper

3/4 tsp. kosher salt

1/4 tsp. freshly ground pepper

28 ounce can of crushed tomatoes

5 ounces of feta cheese

6 large eggs

chopped cilantro/hot sauce

Heat oven to 375. 

Lightly cover the bottom of a large skillet with olive oil.  Add the onions and red pepper.  Cook over a medium low heat until really soft.  About 15/20 minutes time.   Next add in the cumin, paprika, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper and throughly mix.  Let this cook for another few minutes.  Pour in the tomatoes and simmer for about 10 minutes.  The mixture will thicken.  Then stir in the crumbled feta. 

Gently crack the eggs into the skillet over the tomatoes.  Transfer to the oven for 8/10 minutes.  Depends on how soft you want the eggs.  Sprinkle with cilantro and serve.  Hot sauce is a nice addition to this.  I served Hot Bread Kitchens challah on the side.  Thought it was the fitting bread to sop up the plate. 


Comments (Archived):

  1. awaldstein

    This is calling out to me.Wonder who makes this in NYC? 12 Chairs maybe?I have Israel on the mind today as I’m thinking of heading out to see Fill the Void which for some odd reason is my movie siren of the weekend (….

    1. JordanaZ

      This looks delish. 12 Chairs has amazing Shakshuka. I just saw Fill The Void- it was great. @awaldstein:disqus

      1. Gotham Gal

        Have yet to see. Want to

  2. Anil Dash

    Taboonette has an excellent Shakshuka. Reminds me I should head back there.

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    2. titouh


    3. samir

      is it sweet?

  3. William Mougayar

    I like that. I might make it today.

    1. ShanaC

      it scales really well for a large brunch

  4. Jeff

    You should try Jacks Wife Freda in SoHo, they make a great green shakshuka (and everything else is great too). It’s Lebanese, not Israeli, but there are no grudges.

    1. Gotham Gal

      Been but for dins. Will check out foe bfast

  5. daryn

    Looks perfect. Do you have Ottolenghi’s cookbook, “Plenty”? It has some fantastic vegetarian dishes, including a tasty shakshuka.The new River Cottage Veg book is pretty excellent too (I’ve been on a veggie cooking kick recently).

    1. Gotham Gal

      Have all 3 of their books. So good and very European.

  6. dimas subrata

    Yummy, it’s so delicious…^_^

  7. P.K. Fields

    This looks so good I am going to buy the ingredients later today!

  8. Brandon Burns

    I’m on my way grocery shopping for my weekend trip upstate. As its our 4th weekend in the house, and I’m the chef, I was running out of egg-y brunch dishes. So I’m stealing this (along with the peas and beets summer salad). Just thought you should know!

    1. Gotham Gal


      1. Brandon Burns

        It was a crowd pleaser. :-)Also, nice surprise, this dish easily scaled up for the 12 people I had to feed. I just did the tomatoes and peppers like I’d do a big batch of sauce, and then transferred to a large baking pan and cracked 2 dozen eggs on top before sticking in the oven.I also made your summer salad (for a separate meal). Also, very crowd pleasing!

        1. Gotham Gal

          love it!