Every so often, a dish becomes fashionable. Think Avocado Toast – you had never seen it before, and then all of a sudden, it was appearing on every brunch menu. Why? Well – it’s delicious – but little by little people discover it and start sharing the word and voilá – it’s fashion. This is how I see Shakshouka. Perhaps you’ve never heard of it. Or maybe you’ve already started to see it featured on cooking shows and on restaurant menus. Regardless, it’s delicious and NOT new. But popular.
Think poached eggs in a lovely tomato-based sauce until the whites are opaque and the yolk is still oozy and runny…spilling like lava into the tomato base. Heaven. Just heaven. This version includes a very exotic spice mixture called Ras el Hanout which really makes it North African (its origin – Algeria). While it sounds exotic, it’s really just a blend of different spices that you probably already have in your cupboard. Take the time to put it together, and then keep it along with your other spices. It will add a warm and savory flavor to almost anything. You can convert your own classic meatball recipe into Kefta – which are Algerian meatballs. Go you!
Enjoy Shankshouka on a Sunday morning along with crispy toast to soak up all the crimson and yellow goodness. This recipes easily augments from 2-4 servings up to 6-8 by just adding more eggs. I suggest using a 28-ounce can of San Marzano tomatoes (totally worth the extra cost). If you only make as the recipe suggests below, you’ll have plenty of sauce leftover to make it another time!
Bsahtak! (Enjoy! in Algerian)