It’s easy to see why shakshuka is such a popular breakfast item throughout the Middle East, and particularly in Israel. Endlessly customizable and relatively simple to prepare, it can be easily scaled up or down. Traditional shakshuka is made by poaching eggs in a spicy tomato sauce. This recipe is a play on tradition, and instead of using tomatoes, it uses a garden’s worth of greens and herbs.
Make this shakshuka vegan by omitting feta cheese and replacing eggs with chickpeas, tofu, or sautéed slices of yam.
Preheat oven to 325 F (170 C).
In saucepan of boiling water, blanch 2 cups (500 mL) mixed greens for about 10 seconds. Drain and transfer blanched greens to blender. Add jalapeno, cumin, salt, coriander, dill, and ice cubes. Pureu0301e until smooth and set aside.
In large ovenproof skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Cook leek, stirring often, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and continue to cook for another minute. Add remaining chopped greens a handful at a time, letting each addition wilt slightly before adding more. Cook, stirring and tossing often, until all leaves are wilted, about 2 minutes. Stir in pureu0301e and use wooden spoon to create 6 small wells in mixture. Crack an egg into each well. Sprinkle peas or fava beans over dish before transferring to oven, and bake until eggs are just set, about 15 to 20 minutes.
Garnish with red pepper flakes, mint, feta cheese, and extra dill sprigs. Serve with warm pita or other flatbread.
This recipe is part of the Breakfast Around the World collection.
This Mexican-Mediterranean hybrid dish gleans its tempered kick from parched ancho chilies, the dried form of poblano peppers known for their smoky quality and sweet to moderate heat. It’s a fantastic saucy, and comforting, appetizer or meal on its own. Serve with crusty bread to sop up every last bit of the red sauce, or spoon over cooked grain. Chili choices Experiment with different dried Mexican chili peppers in your dishes. Instead of ancho, other options, each with different heat levels and flavour nuances, include pasilla, guajillo, or morita. Look for them in Latin markets and some supermarkets. For leftover lovers Because the flavours in this dish only deepen with resting time, it’s a definite candidate for serving as leftovers; simply reheat in the oven or microwave. Cheezy choices If possible, compare labels and look for lower-sodium feta options. A ball of fresh mozzarella or bocconcini are great alternatives, or try a block of medium-firm tofu and substitute agave syrup in place of the honey for a vegan-friendly dish.
A good option for both backyard barbecues and healthy snacking, this creamy dip benefits from a little spicy crunch, courtesy of quick-pickled peppers. If you want your dip to have a smoky edge, blend in a chipotle-flavoured salsa. Or forgo the salsa and, instead, blend in a couple tablespoons of tomato paste and a single canned chipotle chili pepper. Extras of the pickled peppers are an exciting topping for burgers, sandwiches, and tacos. TIP : When using prepared chili pepper products such as bottled salsas, examine the ingredient list for items you really don’t want or need, namely sugar and high amounts of sodium.
Treat yourself to a steak dinner, using tofu instead of meat. The tangy chili-spiked marinade does double-duty as a finishing sauce and transforms otherwise bland tofu into a dish that’ll sound your taste buds’ fire alarm. Bird’s eye pepper would be a good substitute for habanero if needed. Dousing the fire If you find yourself with a mouth on fire after taking a bite of a chili-infused dish, don’t try to douse it with water. Instead, reach for a glass of milk. The protein casein in dairy is known to help subdue the flame. Water won’t help nearly as much.
Ice cream cakes and/or cookies are everyone’s favourite. And here’s a great option for a delicious “Dad’s” cookie cake that’s gluten free! A simple-to-make cookie cake that’s made even easier when the dough is tossed together in a food processor. End a delicious Dad’s Day meal with this deliciously cool and creamy sweet dessert. Best beer? Extra yum when served with small glasses of chocolate-flavoured stout or porter. When Dad loves his cookies We made this delicious dessert into a cake, but it can easily be made into individual ice cream cookies. Roll out dough into 1/4 in (6 mm) thickness and cut into 2 in (5 cm) rounds. Bake, cool, and chill. Once chilled, spoon ice cream in between chilled cookies. Freeze until firm. Drizzle with melted chocolate or dip into melted chocolate.