Shakshuka is an upgraded version of a sunny side up. You will love the combination of an egg for brunch with a fresh tomato sauce to dip your bread in.
By Maya Moscovich
The ultimate Israeli brunch on a Saturday morning is the “Shakshuka”. “Shakshuka” is basically a sunny side up omelet over a tomato base, but not just any base, the tomatoes are mixed with garlic and spices and combined with the eggs on top, you get an irresistible dish to dip your fresh slice of bread into. Some like it spicy and some don’t but the bottom line is that everyone likes it. Served with a finely chopped side salad, it makes a perfect brunch.
- 3 tbsp vegetable oil
- ½ chopped onion
- 2 sliced garlic cloves
- 1 can diced tomatoes (you can use 5-6 fresh tomatoes)
- 1 tsp Cumin
- 1 tsp basil or Oregano
- 4 tbsp tomato paste
- ½ tsp garlic powder
- 5 Eggs
- Optional – ½ tsp Chili Flakes
- Over medium heat, preheat 3 tbsp oil and add the chopped onion. Saute until softens.
- Add the garlic and fry for 10 seconds and then add the tomatoes, cumin, oregano and garlic powder. Stir until combined and let boil. Once boils, turn heat to low.
- For thickness, add the tomato paste and mix until combined, add salt and pepper to taste.
- Once you’ve reached the desired flavor add the eggs. Add one by one, forming a circle.
- Cover the skillet and let cook on low heat for 20 minutes. Lift cover to check if ready. The shakshuka is ready when the eggs are white. If you see that the sauce is too liquid, leave the cover open and let cook for additional 5 minutes (liquids will evaporate)
Being born and raised in Israel, Mayas nutrition always consisted of food that’s spiced well, light on the stomach and includes a lot of vegetables, fruits and olive oil. Now residing in Halifax, Nova Scotia, she is on a quest to reconnect with the food traditions of her home country.