Say hello to shakshuka for breakfast: perfectly poached eggs in a spiced tomato sauce!

Say hello to shakshuka for breakfast: perfectly poached eggs in a spiced tomato sauce!

When I was 20, I worked at a Turkish-inspired restaurant right outside of Boston. It was there that I learned my love of spices. Specifically, Middle-Eastern spices.

Paprika, cumin, sumac, and cardamom. Aleppo,  cinnamon, sesame, and baharat. Each different in its flavor and intensity, but each equally delicious.

Though I love more simplistic dishes, for me these spices bring a plate to the next level. They taste like they’re deeply rooted in the past– to a culture that existed thousands of years before now.

Say hello to shakshuka for breakfast: perfectly poached eggs in a spiced tomato sauce!

One dish that I especially fell in love with was shakshuka, a Turkish breakfast of eggs poached in a spiced tomato sauce. The sauce is flavorful enough to eat on its own, spiced with cumin, paprika, and red pepper.

The restaurant I worked at served it with zhoug, a sort of Middle-Eastern pesto made with cilantro, parsley, and green chili. It was the perfect accompaniment to the warm flavors of the shakshuka.

I decided to make my version of shakshuka with fresh Sunset Campari tomatoes. They add a wonderful freshness, as well as a gorgeous red color, to the dish. They’re really such a versatile tomato– you can really do anything with them!

Say hello to shakshuka for breakfast: perfectly poached eggs in a spiced tomato sauce!

As for the alternative name “eggs in hell,” how fun is that? I like a little danger with my food 🙂

Happy Monday!

RECIPE

Shakshuka {Eggs In Hell}

Serves 2 servings     adjust servings

Ingredients

For the shakshuka

  • 1.5 pounds Campari tomatoes
  • 1/2 large onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon Turkish seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • pinch red pepper flakes
  • pinch black pepper
  • 3 large eggs
  • 4 slices toast, for serving

For the zhoug

  • 1/2 bunch parsley
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon zatar
  • pinch red pepper flakes
  • salt to taste

Instructions

  1. Heat water in a medium pot over high heat so it boils. Wash the tomatoes and score the bottoms with a small 'x'. Place the tomatoes 4-5 at a time into the boiling water for 15-20 seconds, then remove immediately and peel off the tomato skins (they should come right off). Repeat with remaining tomatoes.
  2. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  3. Sautee the onion, garlic, Turkish seasoning, paprika, salt, red pepper flakes, and black pepper until golden brown. Using your hands, squeeze the tomatoes into the sauce, breaking them apart. Cook everything for 10 minutes over medium low heat.
  4. Once cooked, place the mixture into a food processor or blender and pulse until smooth. Pour into a medium caste iron skillet.
  5. Make three indentations in the tomato mixture with the back of a spoon, then crack eggs into the holes. Place the skillet into the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until the egg whites are fully white.
  6. While the eggs are baking, make the zhoug. Place all ingredients into a blender and pulse until smooth.
  7. Once the eggs are cooked, top with zhoug and serve with toast!

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This post has been graciously sponsored by Sunset Grown. All opinions are 100% my own!

20 comments

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Eggs in a spicy tomato sauce is definitely one of my favourite breakfasts – there’s just something so wonderful about the hit of heat, the runny yolk and plenty of crusty bread for mopping! I love the sound of the zhoug – will definitely be giving that a go soon!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Thank you Amy!

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I love that you got to work at a Turkish restaurant. It sounds like that was a totally valuable and unique experience. Can’t wait to try this, I’ve seen shakshuka everywhere lately but haven’t had it yet!!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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It was such a great experience. And yes, you must try it!

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The only thing better than poached eggs is poached eggs in a spicy tomato sauce. Love this!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Thank you sweetheart!

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I’m so with you–I adore Middle Eastern cuisine and spices. I think I was Iranian in my last life. I sprinkle sumac on almost everything I make with chicken or rice!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Sumac is life. Let’s go on a trip to Turkey. Weee!

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Such delicious spicy tomatoey goodness 🙂

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Thank you Medha!

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Shakshuka has been on my to try list for too long! Yours looks perfect and I WILL be trying it soon 🙂

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Yes! Tag me on IG if you do!!!

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I NEED this in my life ASAP! I can’t think of anything I’d rather eat for breakfast this week then this!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Thank you thank you thank you!!!!!

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Since my grocery store is lacking in the spices department and I’m too late to order from Penzey’s like I normally do- do you have a recommended substitute or spices I should look for to mix together for the Turkish seasoning in case they don’t stock it?

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Hi Becca! You can substitute it with 1 teaspoon cumin and a pinch of cinnamon 🙂

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Do you make the blend yourself or are you able to buy it? And if so where? I live in Boston 🙂

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Hi Shadia! You mean the zatar? You can buy it at most spice stores. Sofra also has their own!

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Shakshuka has been on my list to make for the longest time, and I keep not getting round to it! This week will be the week – after seeing this I can’t wait any longer haha! We have an abundance of fresh tomatoes around here at the moment so this recipe is perfect. I am totally with you on the spices – we went to Turkey last year and the spice markets were just INSANE – I absolutely loved it and can’t go past middle-eastern food. Love the zhoug that you added to your shakshuka too!

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