Who would have thought that braising eggs in a spicy, aromatic sauce would be become such a hit with the great British public? The dish “shakshuka” much beloved by chef-of-the-moment Ottolenghi, actually originates from North Africa where they have been doing this for donkey’s years.
Depending on what region you’re in, the exact recipe will vary as some add preserved lemon, others feta, and the herbs and spices always seem to change around. Traditionally served for breakfast, this would also make a great weekend brunch recipe or a brilliant mid-week evening meal.
Nina Olsson writes the truly splendid foodie blog Nourish Atelier where she shares inspiration, ideas and recipes. The recipes are all vegetarian and look delicious. Nina’s recipe for Shakshuka is really authentic and beautifully styled and photographed.
Food blog A Pinch of Yum written by US blogger Lindsay has this brilliant version of Shakshuka – a one pot wonder of spicy eggs and potatoes. It also includes kale and goats cheese so it’s a really great option for a light vegetarian supper served with some crusty bread.
A more substantial version of shakshuka by The Nomadic Kitchen includes beef and aubergine which would actually be a lovely sharing dish with friends, served with a nice chunk of bread or challah and a fresh green salad.
Deb Perelman records her foray into fearless (and excellent) cooking from a tiny kitchen in New York City on Smitten Kitchen: a brilliantly written blog with beautiful photography and practical, friendly advice and tips. A real must read. We love the look of this recipe for Three Pepper Shakshuka Pita with Feta and Za’atar.
Now for the pièce de résistance…. shakshuka pizza! Totally genius. I found this recipe on Pinterest but it really should come with a warning – I guarantee you’ll be so hungry if you take a look. It’s from the blog My Name is Yeh written by Molly Yeh, and honestly, this blog is so packed with delicious recipes I just don’t know where to start.
All the recipes are linked above to go ahead and have a peruse – just make sure you have lunch first.