Shakshuka is a Middle Eastern dish that is quick and easy to make, and can be served for any meal. Our favorite occasion is always brunch with friends, though, because it’s such a crowd pleaser. This versatile recipe is traditionally seasoned with cumin and paprika, but you can use just about any spice blend that suits your fancy. For this one I used our El Greco Seasoning, with Mediterranean herbs and a hint of sumac. To top it off, I added chopped spinach and feta cheese to the sauce.
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 small purple onion, chopped
- 2 cloves minced garlic
- 1 28 oz can diced tomatoes
- 1 tablespoon El Greco
- 1 teaspoon alderwood smoked salt, divided
- Freshly ground Tellicherry black pepper, to taste
- 2 cups coarsely chopped baby spinach
- ½ cup crumbled feta cheese
- 6 large eggs
- 1 tablespoon fresh chopped parsley
- 1 teaspoon Aleppo pepper
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
- In a large cast iron skillet over medium heat, sauté the onion in olive oil until soft and translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the minced garlic and sauté until fragrant, about 2 minutes more.
- Add the diced tomatoes, El Greco,½ teaspoon alderwood smoked salt and black pepper. Simmer over medium-low heat for 10-15 minutes until slightly thickened. Add the chopped spinach and stir until it is just wilted, then remove the pan from heat.
- Sprinkle half the feta over the sauce and then make six little wells in the sauce with the back of a spoon. Crack one egg into each well and sprinkle the remining feta on top.
- Put the pan in the oven and bake until the eggs are just set, 7-10 minutes.
- Remove the pan and garnish with parsley and Aleppo.
- Serve immediately with pita or crusty bread.
Adapted from New York Times by Melissa Clark
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