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Shakshuka - A breakfast treat

As many of us now have more time to relax over breakfast, why not make this bright, spicy, 'eggy' dish the start to your day. Shakshuka originated in Africa and is now a popular breakfast or brunch in the middle east. This version strays from traditional rendition by adding crumbled feta cheese which softens into creamy nuggets in the ovens heat.


3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

1 large onion, halved and thinly sliced

1 large red bell pepper, seeded and thinly sliced

3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon sweet or smoked paprika

⅛ teaspoon ground cayenne, or to taste

1 (28-ounce) can whole plum tomatoes with their juices, coarsely chopped

¾ teaspoon salt, plus more as needed

¼ teaspoon black pepper, plus more as needed

5 ounces feta, crumbled (about 1 1/4 cups)

6 large eggs

Chopped coriander, parsley or basil for serving

Step 1

Heat oven to 200 degrees. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-low. Add onion and bell pepper. Cook gently until very soft, about 20 minutes. Add garlic and cook until tender, 1 to 2 minutes; stir in cumin, paprika and cayenne, and cook 1 minute. Pour in tomatoes and season with 3/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper; simmer until tomatoes have thickened, about 10 minutes. Taste and add more salt and pepper if needed. Stir in crumbled feta.

Step 2

Gently crack eggs into skillet over tomatoes. Season eggs with salt and pepper. Transfer skillet to oven and bake until eggs are just set, 7 to 10 minutes. Sprinkle with coriander, parsley or basil and serve.

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