Shakshuka is one of our favourite meals here at the Palace. Once you get the gist of the recipe, it’s so easy to adapt and makes for an exotic family feast, which just happens to be budget-friendly.
In Israel, shakshuka is often served for breakfast but you really can serve it whenever the craving takes hold. I’m told by one of my friends with school-going kids that it’s the dish she reaches for when the day has gotten the better of them, and they arrive home tired, cranky and hungry… and there’s not much left in the fridge. A few tins of tomatoes, eggs and spices is all it takes.
Hey presto! Dinner is served.
With love from all at the Palace,
You will need
2 Tbsp olive oil
2 onions, finely chopped
1 Tbsp Pesto Princess Harissa Paste
4-6 red and yellow peppers, cut into strips
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 tsp smoked paprika powder
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground coriander
½ tsp chilli flakes
2 cans tinned tomatoes, peeled and chopped
1 Tbsp honey
A small bunch of fresh herbs (coriander, mint, parsley and basil all work well).
4-6 free range eggs
Freshly baked baguette or ciabatta
1 handful fresh herbs, coarsely chopped
1. Heat some olive oil over medium to high heat in a medium-sized saucepan and fry the onion for about 5 minutes while stirring continuously. Add the Pesto Princess Harissa Paste and mix through.
2. Add the pepper strips then the garlic, paprika, cumin, coriander and chilli flakes and fry for another 5 minutes, making sure to get the spices to coat everything evenly.
3. Add the tomatoes, honey and fresh herbs, and let it all simmer over a low heat for about 30 minutes. Stir occasionally, adjust the seasoning to taste and add a little water if it starts to dry out.
4. Once the peppers are super soft and the sauce is sweet, make little wells in the sauce with the back of a spoon. Crack an egg into each well and leave to cook over low heat for about another 10 minutes, depending on how you like your eggs done.
Serve with fresh herbs and a bread of your choice to scoop up the shakshuka. Enjoy!
Recipe and food styling by Michelle Parkin.
Michael Olivier’s Choice
The CBC Pilsner has aromatic hop whiffs and a nice bitter finish. Brewed with the finest aroma hops and diamond bright clear spring water from the Paarl mountain.
Pilsner is a beer which has its origins in the Czech Republic. So good with this Spicy Shakshuka with Harissa.
It looks like The classical green and gold CBC label and in the glass a light straw coloured beer.
It smells like Hoppy, malty, inviting.
It tastes like Refreshing, exquisitely bitter pilsner. Thirst quenching. Good match for full-flavoured foods. Perfect on its own.