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Not Your Regular Huevos Rancheros!

Try them ala Israeli: Shkshuka!

By Chef Elly Pendekar, Spicy Cilantro
Published on LatinoLA: August 1, 2012

Not Your Regular Huevos Rancheros!

Originally published at

There are a lot of reasons to make Shakshuka, an Israeli dish of eggs poached in a spicy tomato sauce: It's spicy and makes for hearty and wonderful brunch dish.

I made it for breakfast and my hubby and we both enjoy the spiciness. Serve it with some nice warm pita bread, yum it hits the spot! Enjoy!

Shakshuka Eggs Poached in Spicy Tomato Sauce

Serves 4 to 6


1/4 cup olive oil

5 Anaheim chiles or 3 jalape??os, stemmed, seeded, and finely chopped (I was nervous and only used 2 Anaheims; I would go for 3 or 4 next time for a more moderate but still gentle kick)

1 small yellow onion, chopped

5 cloves garlic, crushed then sliced

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1 tablespoon paprika

1 28-ounce can whole peeled tomatoes, undrained

Kosher salt, to taste

6 eggs

1/2 cup feta cheese, crumbled

1 tablespoon chopped flat-leaf parsley

Warm pitas, for serving


Heat oil in a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat. Add chiles and onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft and golden brown, about 6 minutes. Add garlic, cumin, and paprika, and cook, stirring frequently, until garlic is soft, about 2 more minutes.

Put tomatoes and their liquid into a medium bowl and crush with your hands. Add crushed tomatoes and their liquid to skillet along with 1/2 cup water, reduce heat to medium, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until thickened slightly, about 15 minutes. Season sauce with salt.

Crack eggs over sauce so that eggs are evenly distributed across sauce's surface. Cover skillet and cook until yolks are just set, about 5 minutes. Using a spoon, baste the whites of the eggs with tomato mixture, being careful not to disturb the yolk. Sprinkle Shakshuka with feta and parsley and serve with pitas, for dipping.

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