Shakshuka is another Middle Eastern dish that has made its way to several restaurants around the world. The name shakshuka is said to have come from the Arabic word “shak” meaning to combine things together, and this combination of hearty tomatoes, spicy chilies, and oozy eggs are sure to please.
While one would automatically assume this is a breakfast dish because of the eggs, growing up we had it for lunch or dinner more often than breakfast. It is the perfect brunch dish and is great for a crowd because you can make the tomato base ahead of time and then add the eggs before it is time to eat.
Many believe the dish originated in North Africa and spread from there, and nowadays almost every Middle Eastern country makes a version of it. There are so many variations of this dish, with most poaching the eggs in the tomato base, but there are some who scramble the eggs with the chopped onions, tomatoes and peppers, like the Turkish version menemen. I am making the most basic version but feel free to add spices to yours, such as cumin, paprika or coriander.
This is best served with pita bread toasted …

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