When I first tried the famous New York Times recipe for shakshuka, I never veered from it. I had tried real shakshuka before but didn’t want to mess up that perfectly-crafted flavor profile that’s existed for hundreds of years. Fast forward to now and I’m comfortable experimenting. On a recent trip to Northern Spain, I got to know the flavors of the region. Piquillo peppers, smoked paprika, and pork were plenty. When I visited a small shop in Pamplona that had virtually every regional produce in a can or jar, I knew exactly what I was going to do with these beautifully-roasted sweet piquillo peppers.

Serves: 2 Time: 30 minutes

INGREDIENTS:

  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 c roasted piquillo peppers, diced (they're near the jars of olives and pickles in the store)
  • 1 14 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 c full-fat crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/2 c diced white onion
  • 1/4 c olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • 1 tsp salt, plus more to taste
  • 1 tsp Greek or Italian seasoning blend
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 pinch of sugar
  • fresh parsley leaves
  • red chili flakes
  • baguette or crusty bread for dipping

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large cast iron or oven-proof skillet, sauté the onions and olive oil on medium heat.
  3. Once the onions become translucent, add the peppers, tomatoes, salt, Greek seasoning, black pepper, smoked paprika, and sugar. Sauté for another 5-10 minutes, or until you have a thick mixture (similar to a bolognese sauce).
  4. With a spatula, create four small nests and crack the eggs over them. Crumble feta over the skillet, as well as red chili flakes and more black pepper if desired.
  5. Bake for 10 minutes for over easy eggs, 12 for medium, and 15 for eggs over hard.
  6. Garnish with parsley and a drizzle of olive oil and serve with fresh bread. Muahhh!
Spanish-Inspired Piquillo Pepper Shakshuka
Spanish-Inspired Piquillo Pepper Shakshuka
Spanish-Inspired Piquillo Pepper Shakshuka
Spanish-Inspired Piquillo Pepper Shakshuka
Spanish-Inspired Piquillo Pepper Shakshuka

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