Shakshuka with Sourdough Recipe

If you've read my french toast article, you know that I have what I consider the opposite of a sweet tooth, particularly when it comes to breakfast. I'd take a salty, spicy, savory dish in the AM/brunch timeframe any day over a fat stack of flapjacks. It follows then, that one of my favorite quick and easy breakfast dishes ever is the ever-growing-in-popularity Shakshuka. Shakshuka is a Middle Eastern/North African dish involving eggs poached in a tomato/onion/pepper sauce flavored with bold spices like cumin and paprika. Variations of the dish are a popular staple in Israel, Libya, Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria and Morroco. Whether served in a cast iron pan or a tajine, it is typically served with thick bread to sop up the saucy goodness. I love pairing the dish with sourdough, my favorite sturdy bread with that additional sour bite, and then serving the leftovers (if there's any!) over Israeli pearl cous cous.

                                         x Caroline

Shakshuka with Sourdough Recipe

Serves 4


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees; heat oil in cast iron skillet over medium-low heat
  • Add onions and peppers to skillet and cook until soft, about 15 minutes
  • Mix in chipotle pepper, cumin, smoked paprika and garlic, cook 1 minute
  • Stir in tomatoes and simmer until thickened, about 10 minutes, adding salt/pepper to taste
  • Stir in feta cheese and remove from heat
  • Make small wells in tomato/onion/pepper mixture, gently crack eggs into each well, season with salt/pepper
  • Bake in preheated oven until eggs are set, 8-10 minutes
  • Top with cilantro and serve with toasted sourdough bread or over Israeli cous cous


  • 2 tbsp. chili oil or olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 red/yellow bell beppers, thinly sliced
  • 1 tsp. ground chipotle pepper
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1 tsp. smoked paprika
  • 4 garlic cloves, grated or minced
  • 1 28 oz. can diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup feta cheese, crumbled
  • 4-6 eggs
  • Handful of chopped cilantro
  • Salt/pepper to taste

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