Go ahead-call your girlfriends, family, and friends and invite them over for breakfast! Any excuse to brunch is a good one especially if your serving some Shakshuka! This is perfect for those who enjoy dipped bread into eggs and scooping up loads of sauce with each bite. This dish is saucy, it’s got some spice, a little bit of cheese, and soft baked eggs simmered in a freshly made tomato sauce. It screams breakfast comfort food.
For those who know us, it’s no secret that we enjoy a good brunch. Whether it’s going out or hosting at our place sometimes without reason, it’s a great way to bring those close to you together. A typical weekend brunch in our homes usually involves quite the spread often just for ourselves and signifiant others.
If your not familiar with this dish, Shakshuka is a North African and Middle Eastern dish typically enjoyed for breakfast but can be eaten at any meal of the day. This dish is a staple in Israel that’s made from simple ingredients and it’s vegetarian. (YAAASSS!) Shakshuka is becoming increasingly popular and is popping up everywhere these days. We are not surprised! We love the combination of poached eggs in a spicy tomato sauce served with crusty bread to soak up all that good sauce. It’s so simple to make that we guarantee you already have most of these ingredients.
We like to use fresh tomatoes and make a sauce from scratch however it’s perfectly fine to use a can of diced tomatoes or a tomato sauce, you may have to adjust your seasoning if that’s the case. The harissa adds a nice touch of heat to the dish. It’s main ingredient is roasted red peppers with spices and herbs traditionally used in North African and Middle Eastern cooking which makes it perfect for Shakshuka. The recipe calls for 1- 2 teaspoons depending on how spicy you want to make the sauce I would say try a little if you’ve never had it before as some people like my husband would find it very spicy. If spice is truly not your thing and you’d rather not incorporate the harissa can easily be substituted for tomato paste instead.
This recipe can easily be adapted to your taste, even make a green tomato sauce and mix in more green ingredients to mix things up!