Shakshuka is an easy, healthy breakfast (or any time of day) recipe in the Middle East and North Africa. It’s a dish sizzled in simmering tomatoes, onions, garlic, spices, and gently poached eggs. Keep it simple or dress it up with your favorite breakfast meats and top off with fresh herbs of choice: cilantro, parsley, or basil. (Serves 3 – 6 people). Tiffany and Caleb chose this world dish for their breakfast recipe in Episode 1 of The Great American Cookoff.
- Olive Oil
- 1 medium white onion, diced
- 1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced
- 6 garlic cloves, finely chopped
- 2 tsp paprika
- 1.5 tsp cumin
- 1/4 tsp chili powder
- 1 tsp of garlic powder
- 2 bay leaves
- 2 tablespoon of tomato paste
- 5 fresh Roma tomatoes
- 14 ounce diced oregano, basil can tomato
- 6 large eggs
- salt and pepper, to taste
- 1 small bunch of fresh cilantro, chopped
- 1 small bunch of fresh parsley, chopped
- 1 small bunch of basil, chopped
- ½ package of ground sausage (or breakfast meat of your choice)
- 1 loaf of french or sourdough bread
- Heat olive oil in cast iron. Add the chopped bell pepper and onion and cook for 3-5 minutes or until the onion becomes translucent.
- Add in ground sausage and brown breaking it apart (or use whatever breakfast meat of your choice).
- Add garlic and spices and cook for an additional minute.
- Pour the can of tomatoes and juice into the pan and break down the tomatoes using a large spoon.
- Add bay leaves and season with salt and pepper and bring the sauce to a simmer.
- Use your large spoon to make small wells in the sauce and crack the eggs into each well. Cover the pan and cook for 5-8 minutes, or until the eggs are done to your liking.
- Garnish with chopped cilantro, parsley, and or basil.
- Cut french or sourdough bread on an angle in thin slices
- Brush the bread with olive oil
- Season with garlic powder, salt, a crushed red pepper (option)
- Air fry for 5-6 minutes at 350 degrees or 2-4 minutes at 400 degrees (until golden brown)