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Shakshuka, filling, warming, meat free and bang full of flavour.

I'd say its healthy but I always end up eating loads of bread with it.

Shakshuka is an easy dish and can be super flexible with what you put in, its great for chucking in any leftover Veg or fresh hers that are on the way out. I also love it with a bit squeeze of lemon over the eggs.

My version is below. Sorry if its not fully authentic, but it is definitely delicious.


Serves 2.

1 onion thinly sliced

1 pepper thinly sliced

1 teaspoon fresh grated garlic

1 fine chopped chilli - Optional (note the heat)

3-4 tomatoes chopped into rough thick chunks

1tsp smoked paprika

1/2 tsp cumin

1 tin 400g chopped tomatoes

1tbsp tomato puree

4 good sized (free range) eggs

fresh coriander/parsley or herb of choice

1 - In a deep saucepan add the onion and pepper and cook for a few minutes on a low heat to sweat, add in the garlic and tomatoes, along with the chilli if using, season and stir together and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring every now and then to make sure it doesn't stick.

2 - Add the smoked paprika, cumin, tin of chopped tomatoes and tomato puree and simmer it down (if it gets too dry add a splash of water).

3 - Make a well and crack in an egg (do the same with all 4 eggs) pop the lid on and leave for 5 mins on a low simmer. Once done (runny eggs don't take long, keep an eye on them) and sprinkle on lots of fresh coriander or parsley and enjoy with warm crusty bread!

Tip - Be careful with the chilli, if you like a lot of spice then feel free to add ore or some chilli flakes/hot paprika, if less only use half a chilli or leave it out completely if you're scared of the heat or this dish is being served to young children.

I actually love this with potato in it which I know is completely and utterly not authentic in any way shape or form :D I simply cut up potatoes into wedges or cubes and boil/roast them, once cooked in pop them into the pan along with the tomatoes and garlic.

Its a great option if you're GF and cant have bread or if you have some that need using.


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