My love affair with Shakshuka began on Thanksgiving. Amidst the chaos of cooking for the big day, my son decided to cook eggs for everyone. Not that there were too many of us around, but I am always a bit stressed until the big meal is ready. And as many of you might know, Thanksgiving does involve a bit of cooking. Breakfast with Alex usually means starting about 11 AM. It means removing everything on the counter to make room for everything HE wants to put on the counter and to put it gently…Alex is a messy cook, though he is a great entertainer. The music is always going and he is so busy talking when he is cooking, that nothing is put away, thrown away or wiped, until long after the meal is eaten; which works well, except on Thanksgiving.
Shakshuka in Purgatory
Yield: 2-4 servings
Time: 30-45 minutes
1/2 t marjoram or more if you like
Heat olive oil in a medium to large skillet over medium heat. Add the onions, garlic and pepper. Cook for about 5-8 minutes to allow the veggies to soften and turn lightly colored. Add the chili paste if using, marjoram and the tomatoes. Let this cook at a gentle simmer for about 5-10 minutes so flavors can meld and the mixture thickens a bit. Make 4 wells in the tomatoes and crack an egg into each well. Dollop ricotta or goat’s cheese also into the tomatoes. Cook about 8-10 minutes until the egg whites are set. At this point you could also cover the skillet with a lid and the eggs will cook faster. When eggs are set, remove from heat and let sit for a few minutes so eggs can settle.
Serve with good toast! Perhaps a beer. Lots of music. And make your family swoon.
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