Tuesday, January 5, 2016

S P I C Y
S H A K S H U K A


Happy New Year!! Cheers to 2016 & for all the wonderful, exciting things to happen to each & every one of us. The future is mad bright, y'all!

I was recently featured on the Lodge Cast Iron's Instagram for my Shakshuka last winter (yay!!) & after seeing the sexy, saucy, spiciness I knew I had to make it again. 



This recipe is adapted by one I found online here from the New York Times >> Shakshuka. The difference between this & my recipe is that instead of having hot sauce I actually use Thai Chili Peppers in it! Muy picante y muy delicioso!

I've used other cheeses besides feta too, in case you are a feta hater- so don't be afraid to try out your fav cheeses! This is seriously the easiest, crowd pleasing dish you could make for brunch so go & make it!

Ingredients:
1 Can Whole Plum Tomatoes (chopped with shears in the can)
1 Large Bell Pepper, seeded & chopped
1 Large Onion chopped
4 Garlic cloves minced
1 cup Crumbled Feta Cheese *plain or herb!
Extra Virgin Olive oil (EVOO)
6 Eggs
~4-6 Thai Chili Peppers
Salt & Pepper
1 tsp Cumin
1 tsp Smoked Paprika
1 tsp Cayenne
Cilantro for garnish



Directions:
1. Get a cast iron skillet! Heat to medium high heat & add olive oil. 
2. Sautée roughly sliced/ chopped onions & bell peppers + thai chili peppers until translucent & tender~ 12-18 minutes. 
3. Add (organic) garlic! I got this little guy at the indoor farmer's market at Mill No.5 from Mill City Grows!  *If you are in the Lowell, MA area you have to check it out! 


4. Once garlic becomes insanely aromatic toss in your cumin, smoked paprika & cayenne! 
5. Add the coarsely chopped tomatoes (open/ remove lid, take kitchen shears & snip away at the tomatoes!) & sauce.. Season with salt & pepper!
6. Stir in crumbled feta cheese (save some for garnish!) and let simmer for a few minutes.
7. With your slotted spoon make little nests inside the shakshuka & crack in your eggs!
8. Cook for a few minutes & turn on your broiler to HIGH- pop 'er in to set the eggs. This takes maybe a minute or 2- any longer & you WILL overcook your eggs! If you find the yolk is covered by the egg whites just cook enough & peel back the film.
9. Top with more feta, chilis + cilantro for a fresh pop of color & flavor.

Serve with crusty bread & champagne [;



Cheers to you! Yeah.. YOU!! 

Thanks for reading & please let me know if you end up making this or any other recipes on my blog! 

1 comment:

  1. Followed the recipe all the way and did as you mentioned in the post. Although it was bit time taking but in the end the dish was made and was really perfect.

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