Recipes

Shakshuka: The Mediterranean Comfort Food You Need in Your Life

by VJ Turtulli 12:58 PM, May 30, 2017

Rachael Ray Show

Aired May 30, 2017

Shakshuka may not be a familiar dish to many in the U.S., but this comforting family-style egg dish is a playful and welcoming way to share a meal with loved ones.

So what is shakshuka? Similar to eggs in purgatory, eggs are traditionally cooked in a fragrant tomato bath seasoned with garlic, cumin and peppers, and served with crusty bread. The dish originated in the Mediterranean and is shared with loved ones everywhere from Israel to Turkey to Egypt. Served family-style in a cast-iron skillet, it’s the perfect centerpiece for conversations around the kitchen table.

The best part? You probably already have everything you need to make this dish in your pantry.

Traditional Shakshuka

Chili peppers and cumin add a smoky depth, while crumbled feta cheese adds a salty, earthy lightness, and fresh dill brightens. Serve right out of the pan, and dip the crusty bread in the soft yolk.

Italian Shakshuka with Beans + Fennel

The addition of pinto beans make this more than a meal! Eat it morning, noon or night. Cook this up in a small cast-iron pan to make it single-serve or to share with a date.

Green Shakshuka with Avocado Salsa

This “green” version subs spinach for tomatoes and features a Mexican-inspired avocado salsa -- making this dish a true world traveler!

We’ve given you a few recipes to start with -- now go play with these recipes on your own and feel free to create your own version!