Had a very good summer as far as tomatoes go, and find myself making this dish which I’d heard about but never actually made until I found a great recipe in a book by Sally Butcher called New Middle Eastern Street Food: Snacks, Comfort Food and Mezze.
It’s basically a tomato and vegetable stew which serves as a poaching medium for eggs. Might be one of the easiest, tastiest healthiest recipes for breakfast or any meal of the day that I have come across in a LONG time.
While I don’t follow the exact recipe anymore, it’s too much fun to just throw in whatever is handy..this is roughly what I do:
- Olive oil 0r cooking spray – to coat the pan
- Onion – 1/2 – whole medium
- Garlic – at least one clove
- Tomatoes – 6-8 medium sized (I put half in food processor and half I like to keep diced)
- Diced Vegetables – (I’ve found any of these are great: peppers, carrots, zucchini, mushroom)
- Eggs – 4 (probably can do more depending on size of your pan)
- Spices – Cumin, paprika, berbere, salt and pepper to taste
- Heat up the oil in a cast iron skillet, medium high (so the onions sizzle when you throw them in)
- Add onions & garlic, sauteing until they become fragrant. If you are using peppers you can add them in now as well
- Add the tomatoes, stirring it all together. Expect people to start filing into the kitchen to see what’s cooking.
- Add spices, and any other veggies you want. If you are using something soft, like mushrooms, I’d wait until right before you add the eggs.
- Allow the mixture to cook down, around 5-8 minutes
- The fun part! Make little “holes” in the mixture where the eggs will go, and then crack the eggs letting them land in the “holes” in the stew
- Lower the heat a bit and cover the mixture until the eggs set to the desired texture. I’d recommend erring on the side of less well done, as they continue to cook even after you remove them from the heat.
I find this dish so filling I don’t usually need bread, but you definitely could sop up the stew with some. It’s a great dish for a few people or you can make a batch and save it for later, it holds up very well. Tons of lycopene and a good bit of protein, you can’t go wrong.