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Reem Assil’s Veggie Shakshuka

4 Servings

Total Time
45 mins

Shakshuka is eggy, tomato-based Middle-Eastern comfort food, often served for breakfast. And if you’re insecure about making the transition from gas or old-school electric to an induction-burner stove, this is a great recipe to learn on.

 2 ½ cups onion, medium diced (about 1 medium onion)
 1 tbsp garlic, finely minced
 1 1⁄2-2 pounds red bell peppers (about4-6)
 2 lbs tomatoes (about 8 medium-sized tomatoes)
 2 tbsp olive oil, divided
 1 tsp cumin, ground
 1 tsp coriander, ground
 1 tsp paprika
 1 tsp salt (about 4 cloves)
 ½ tsp black pepper
 1 tsp Aleppo pepper or red chili flakes
 1 tsp honey
 3-4 eggs (your preference)
 ¼ cup crumbled feta (optional)
 2 tbsp freshly chopped parsley (optional)
 Olive oil for drizzling

Heat a cast iron or magnetic stainless steel saute pan on an induction burner at a medium-high setting until it starts to smoke.


Coat peppers in olive oil and char in the pan on all sides.


Halve the tomatoes lengthwise, coat in oil, place cut-side down, and keep rotating them on the pan until you get nice chars and the tomato starts to soften. Remove.


Once peppers are collapsed, charred, and bubbling, transfer to a bowl and cover. Once cool, peel away the skin and pull out the seeds and veins.


In the same pan or a shallow saucepan, over a medium-high setting, sauté the onion until translucent, add the garlic, cook a minute more. Add the spices, salt and pepper, and cook another minute. Transfer the tomatoes with skins and any pan juices along with the peppers into the pan, and lower the heat to a simmer for about 20 minutes, stirring frequently. Add up to half a cup of water as needed to keep the sauce from burning.


Transfer to a food processor and mix until smooth, or blend with an immersion blender. Add honey. The sauce should be thick.


Make wells with a spoon and crack an egg into each well. Sprinkle with salt, cover, and simmer over a medium heat setting for 5 to 10 minutes until the whites are firm and the eggs are to your liking.


Top with garnish and serve with pita for scooping.

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