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Ginger Shakshuka

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“Shakshuka”
Aka “Shakshouka”, “Shaqshuqa”, “Chakchouka”…
The first time I heard it was at a friends place, when I asked what was cooking…

I thought I was being given yet another nickname!
Shakshuka could fall in line with “Squashy”, “Squishy”, and “Smelly” quite easily…
Yes – I have been called ALL those! Why – I don’t have a clue…

Though, there is this one lady I work with (and prank often) who stomps her foot and says “Squash Shashi” when she sees me walking down the hallway (and there are no witnesses)…hmmm…note to self, guess I need to stop pranking her

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Getting back to Shakshuka
(Which I was relieved to find out isn’t another nickname)
But it IS a dish said to be made of eggs poached in a sauce made mainly of tomatoes, onions and cumin; quite popular in Arabian/Middle Eastern/African countries such as Tunisia, Libya, Algeria, Morocco, and Egypt.

It is highly aromatic – one of those dishes that as soon as they enter your olfactory system, they have this insane power to ignite those salivary glands in the back of your jaw – which are so hard to turn off -or tone down- unless they are introduced to the source of their ignition!

When I received a sample pack of a variety of canned tomatoes from Red Gold, I figured I would try my hand at “Shakshuka”! I used Red Gold’s lime and cilantro and green chilies Petite Diced Premium Tomatoes for a little kick as I like my food spicy!

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While I love the heat of green chilies in a dish-they do stir up my stomach, so I try to balance them off with a good size chunk of ginger as ginger seems to help quell it. As I didn’t want to have leftovers, I made this dish with only 2 eggs, but add as many or as little as you want. Our house smelt wonderful while this cooked – Red Gold canned tomatoes were fresh and added a wonderfully unique taste and aroma to my version of Shakshuka.

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Happy Thursday Everyone!
So do you have many nicknames? Do they rhyme with “Shakshuka”? 🙂
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Ginger Shakshuka

Ginger Shakshuka

Ingredients

  • 1 red onion chopped
  • 1.5 inch piece of ginger chopped very finely
  • 5 cloves garlic chopped
  • 6 sweet peppers also chopped
  • 2 cans of diced tomatoes, I used Red Gold Green Chilies and Lime& Cilantro
  • Turmeric 1/2 teaspoon
  • Cumin 1/2 teaspoon
  • Paprika 1 teaspoon
  • 2 eggs
  • Salt and Pepper, according to taste -I used a couple of "dashes"
  • Cilantro to garnish

Instructions

  1. Saute the onion, garlic and ginger in a pan coated with olive oil, on a low/medium flame till onions begin to slightly caramelize (about 20-30 mins)
  2. Add the sweet peppers, tomatoes, turmeric, cumin, paprika and salt and pepper and let cook for 5 minutes
  3. Make two little"wells" in the tomato sauce and break the eggs into them, lower flame slightly and let cook, partially covered, for 10-15 minutes till the eggs are cooked.
  4. Serve with naan or pita or eat it straight from the pan like we did! 🙂

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