This dish of baked eggs combines spicy tomatoes to give the dish a real punch of flavour whilst the peppers provide a slightly crunchier texture. The eggs offer protein as well as deliciously soft, oozing yolk – making it the perfect breakfast, lunch or dinner! I love the Middle Eastern taste you get from the za’atar herbs, which is a blend of herbs including sesame seeds, thyme, cinnamon, coriander, fennel and sumac – a single teaspoon completely elevates the flavour!
Whilst Israelis traditionally serve it with a loaf of challah or pita bread, I love it with warm crusty rye sourdough that can be dipped into a homemade guacamole or hummus or babaganoush (aubergine dip) on the side. It’s a vegetarian one-skillet meal that is straightforward to make, very healthy and extremely versatile – if you’re missing any spices or other ingredients, feel free to play around with whatever you have at home.
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 small onion, diced
- 1 red pepper, finely chopped
- 1 clove of garlic, finely chopped
- 1 tbsp za’atar herbs
- 1/2 tsp cayenne powder
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp cumin
- 1 tin (600g) crushed tomatoes
- 4 eggs
- Handful of fresh coriander, finely chopped
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- To serve: bread/crackers and hummus
- Heat the oil in an oven-proof stainless steel skillet, on the stovetop.
- Sweat the onion and garlic in the olive oil.
- When the onion is translucent, add the pepper and fry for 3 minutes.
- Add the za’atar, spices and tomatoes and let simmer for 5 minutes.
- Stir most of the coriander (save a little to sprinkle on top).
- Use a spoon to poke four holes in the sauce, and crack an egg in each one.
- Cover the skillet and let the sauce simmer around the eggs until the whites are cooked but the yolks are still runny.
- Remove from the heat, garnish with coriander and serve hot in the pan with hummus or babaganoush on the side.
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