Shakshuka with Spicy Sausage
Shakshuka, meaning "a mixture" in Tunisian Arabic, is a hearty, flavorful and versatile breakfast. Shakshuka can be made from a mixture of vegetables, typically onion, peppers and tomatoes; sauteed in a cast iron skillet and topped with eggs that are poached in the tomato mixture.
I like my Shakshuka with crumbled spicy sausage for a bit of extra flavor and texture. The best part about this dish is that you can add any kind of vegetable you like to make it your own. More importantly, its hearty, simple and serves a crowd.
Shakshuka with Spicy Sausage Recipe:
4-5 Spicy Italian sausage, casings removed and meat crumbled
1 Can of whole tomatoes, torn into pieces by hand
1 Cup Tomato Sauce
1 Bell pepper, diced
1 Small yellow onion, diced
1 Packed cup of spinach
2-3 Garlic cloves, chopped
2-3 Sprigs of thyme
1 Bay leaf
1/2 tsp cumin
Salt and pepper to taste
Step 1: Saute onions and bell peppers in a cast iron skillet with salt and pepper over medium heat until soft. Add sausage and saute until cooked through and lightly browned, about 10-15 minutes. Add garlic and saute for about 30 seconds, making sure not to brown the garlic.
Step 2: Add the spinach to the skillet and saute until the spinach lightly wilts. Add the tomatoes, the tomato juice and tomato sauce to the pan and stir until everything is mixed completely. Add bay leaf, thyme and cumin and bring to a low simmer.
Step 3: Crack in the eggs into the simmering tomato sauce and let poach until the whites are completely cooked through.
Season with salt and pepper and serve with crusty bread