There’s something special—even exotic—about starting off your morning with a piping hot, brightly colored plate of Shakshuka or Eggs in Purgatory, a Israeli-tunisian egg dish that’s packed with flavor and, usually, a lot of spice!
The antioxidant-rich tomatoes, coupled with the warming properties of the hot pepper, make it a dish that’ll perk up your taste buds and the rest of you with every savory bite. Generally served at breakfast, this is a meal happily eaten at any time.
What I love about Shakshuka is that the dish lets you be creative and get liberal with your favorite ingredients. Shakshuka literally means “all mixed up” in Hebrew, and that’s part of the fun of making it. If you prefer your eggs poached to over-easy, go ahead! If you want extra onion, throw it in! For those that relish a real spicy kick, add a few more slices of hot pepper to the mix, and if you can’t take the heat, just leave them out. The choice is yours!
The sauce is just made for dipping, so consider soaking up the medley of rich flavors with pita, or hearty toasted sourdough or french bread.
This is a crowd friendly meal as well, it's just as easy to have two pans going as it is one.