shakshouka

Nightshade Kitchen's Shakshouka

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Ingredients:

  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes; quartered

  • 2 lbs. slicer tomatoes (fresh or canned); sliced

  • 3 cloves garlic; chopped

  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds

  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds

  • 1 large yellow onion; diced

  • 1 large bell pepper; finely chopped

  • 3/4 lbs. zucchini; finely chopped

  • 2 1/2 tablespoons tomato paste

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 3/4 teaspoon paprika

  • Juice of 1/2 lemon

  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar

  • 1/2 teaspoon red chili pepper flakes (optional)

  • 4-6 eggs

  • 1/4 cup basil; chopped to garnish

  • Salt and black pepper; to taste

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

Process:

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees and position rack at mid-level. Lay tomatoes out flat on a baking tray. Sprinkle with chopped garlic, drizzle 2 tablespoons of oil across tray and roast for 20-25 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, in a small pan over medium heat, toast cumin and fennel seeds for 2-3 minutes, tossing occasionally. Remove from heat and set seeds aside.

  3. In a large heavy-bottomed, oven-safe pan over medium-high heat, add 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Sauté onions until they start to become translucent, about 5-7 minutes. Add bell peppers to pan and continue cooking for 3-5 minutes until soft. Add zucchini and continue cooking for additional 5 minutes, stirring all to combine.

  4. Once tomatoes are done roasting, remove from oven and coarsely chop. You may also puree tomatoes for a smoother dish. Decrease oven to 375 degrees.

  5. Reduce heat of pan with sauteed vegetables to medium and stir tomatoes into pan with the sauteed vegetables, along with the toasted seeds, tomato paste, ground cumin, paprika, lemon juice, sugar and red chili pepper flakes, if using. Bring contents to a simmer and cook until well combined and tomato mixture has slightly reduced, about 4-5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

  6. Using a spoon, create four to six wells in the tomato mixture, as deep as possible without scraping the bare pan bottom. One by one, crack an egg into each well and carefully place pan in oven. Bake for 8-12 minutes until eggs have set but still wiggle when the pan is moved. Remove pan from oven and cover for 2-3 minutes, until eggs have completely set on top.

  7. Garnish with basil and serve hot with bread and crumbled cheese, if desired.