Shakshuka with kale and mushrooms is a saucy, amazing vegetarian recipe
You almost didn’t get to see this recipe.
Not because I was in a tra-la-la-la, I’m-just-not-gonna-post-on-Friday-no-siree-Billy-Bob-Thornton mood.. or because I had sooooo many beeeeetter things to dooooo than post on my bloooog… and not even because I felt like you and I have been spending too much time together and I figured we could use a break.
Seriously, you almost got a scrambled egg smoothie recipe today < – no lie…
(Oh wait, you want to see the scrambled egg smoothie? Don’t worry, that precious moment will get squeezed in here sometime in the near future.)
Yes, you almost didn’t see this recipe, and not because I was trying to punish you with a scrambled egg smoothie, but because I almost ate the star ingredient before it had a chance to become a dish.
That’s the harissa. I almost ate all the harissa off of a spoon.
…And not because, NEWS FLASH, I learned peanut butter is just RIDDLED with calories, and I needed a replacement for my highly needy spoon (and face).
…but because harissa is sinfully delicious…even on a spoon…especially on a spoon…particularly on a spoon with peanut butter.
Where was I?
Just look at this skillet.
How could I not show you something this warm and cozy for your trendy hipster brunch this weekend?
Because, you really, really need this for your trendy hipster brunch. It goes exceptionally well with harissa bloody marys…just putting that on the brunch table.
Slap some-uh-dis on your English muffin and call it Eggs Benedictouka.
Should we maaaaybe address the elephant in the room?
Shakshouka < – the elephant. What exactly is it?
Shakshouka is a traditional Tunisian dish made with eggs poached in stewed tomatoes, chilies, onion, and ground cumin. It’s typically served for breakfast or lunch, and is also made in a number of North African countries.
It’s particularly marvelous with harissa paste swaddled all up in it. Although it isn’t traditional to add mushrooms or kale to shakshouka, I did so anyway, which gave the dish a hearty oomph.
Oh wait, what’s harissa?
Harissa is a paste made with chili peppers, bell peppers, garlic, and vinegar. It’s widely used in North African cuisine. Like any chili-based sauce or paste, harissa can be made mild or spicy.
I used Mina Harissa‘s mild harissa paste for this recipe, which added a lot of flavor. Next time I make the shakshouka, I’ll flame ‘er up with the spicy version of the paste. The paste made the dish particularly easy to make. All I did was stew the veggies with the harissa paste and call it a recipe. Super simple, magically delicious.
Your eggs are dying to get poached.
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- ½ medium-sized yellow onion chopped
- 2 bell peppers chopped*
- 2 cups baby bella mushrooms chopped
- 4 cloves garlic minced
- 1 tablespoon ground cumin
- 1/8 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper optional
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1/3 cup Mina Harissa mild harissa paste
- 2 14.5- ounce cans unsalted diced tomatoes undrained
- 3 cups tightly packed lacinato kale leaves dino
- 4 to 6 eggs
In a 10-inch cast iron skillet, heat the oil to medium. Add the onions and peppers, and sauté, stirring frequently until softened, about 8 minutes.
Add the mushrooms and garlic and continue sautéing another 3 minutes, until mushrooms have softened.
Add the ground cumin, cayenne pepper, salt, and harissa paste. Sauté an additional minute.
Add the diced tomatoes and bring to a full boil. Allow the mixture to cook about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Add the chopped kale leaves, stir well, and cook an additional 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Dig small wells into the shakshouka and carefully crack eggs into them.
Cover the skillet and allow the eggs to cook until whites have firmed up, about 10 to 12 minutes.
Scoop eggs and sauce into bowls and serve with toasted bread.
*I used one red and one orange bell pepper, but you can select whichever colors you prefer