Shakshuka with Garlic Pita Bread Recipe

Shakshuka is a stewy tomato dish with eggs nestled inside that cook in the sauce. Bell peppers, red onion and a trio of spices flavor our version. Get it here!

By: Anna Decker / 08/19/2016

Shakshuka, a Middle Eastern tomato and egg dish, baked in a cast iron skillet with a plate of toasted pita cut in triangles and topped with herbs on the side

Plus, there’s an added bonus of a super fast and ultra tasty garlic bread made from whole wheat pita that cooks in under 2 minutes under the broiler. Cook, relax, enjoy!

What You'll Need: 1 medium red onion 5 garlic cloves 1 red bell pepper 1 1/2 teaspoons ground paprika 3/4 teaspoon ground cumin 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes 1 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes 2 tablespoons unsalted butter 8 parsley stems 3 whole wheat pitas, 6 inch diameter olive oil coarse salt freshly ground black pepper 4 eggs

Equipment: oven proof skillet rimmed baking sheet

Recipe Steps: 1. Prepare Vegetables: Heat broiler to high with rack 6 inches from heat source (second rack down from top). Peel and finely dice the onion, peel and chop the garlic. Halve the bell pepper, remove the core then finely dice.

  1. Make Spicy Tomato Base: Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in an oven proof skillet (10 inches) over medium high heat. Add onion, 1/2 the chopped garlic and bell pepper, season with salt and pepper and cook until the onion is soft and mixture is fragrant, about 5 – 6 minutes. Add the paprika, cumin and red pepper flakes, stir well and cook a further minute before adding the can of tomatoes. Mix thoroughly and reduce heat to low. Season to taste with salt.

  2. Add Eggs: Create 4 ‘dimples’ in your sauce, and carefully crack an egg into each space. Reduce heat to low and let eggs cook in gently bubbling sauce for 7 minutes. Transfer the skillet to the oven and cook under the broiler until egg whites are almost set all the way through, about 4 minutes (they will continue to set as it sits). Remove and set aside. Keep broiler on.

  3. Make Garlic Butter: Meanwhile, remove leaves from parsley stems and chop half the leaves. Place butter, remaining 1/2 of garlic and chopped parsley in a small bowl and season generously with salt and pepper. Mash with a fork to make garlic butter.

  4. Make Garlic Bread: Evenly spread pitas with garlic butter, place on a rimmed baking sheet and place under the broiler and cook until butter is melted and the bread is golden, about 1-2 minutes.

  5. Finish: Cut each garlic pita into 4 wedges, then scatter the Shakshuka with remaining parsley and serve garlic bread alongside for dipping. Enjoy!

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