Boy's Shakshuka

For my final breakfast before being shipped off to the Isle of Wight festival (which was amazing, thanks for asking), Boy made me his Shakshuka. Now, I often sweetly plead for him to make me food, but his Shakshuka is something so good that I demanded he share the recipe with me, so I could bring this joy to the blog world. The other day, I woke up to a nice little e-mail from Boy sharing the recipe, so ENJOY:
“So dude, if I were you I would be counting myself as one of the LUCKIEST princesses in the world! I am about to share one of THE (that’s right, “THE”) most delicious breakfast dishes in the world with you.
Now, when you Google the magic word “Shakshuka” you end up with about as many different ways to make the recipe as you own bikinis (I’m not just thinking of bikinis because I have had to think of you in them all day, well, maybe), there are different styles, techniques, bases, herbs etc, but the only thing that I have found is that they ALL have in common is that they are all DELICIOUS!! Pretty much like you in a bikini! Haha.
So this is what you will have to have at home: 
Ingredients 
2 Cans Cherry Tomato
2 Shallots, Diced
2 Cloves Garlic, Crushed
1 Chilli, Diced
2 Tsp Sweet Smoked Paprika
Fresh Coriander, Chopped
Organic Eggs 😉
Chorizo, Diced
Red Pepper, Sliced
1 Tbsp Tomato Puree,
1 Bay Leaf
Salt, Pepper & Sugar
Greek Yoghurt (The key thing that makes EVERYTHING delicious)
And lastly, get some Freshly Baked Bread to top it all off!

That might look like quite the list of ingredients, but to be completely honest, if you happen to be missing 1 or 2 items you can still get away with making something yummy. A few times I have woken up after a night out with a Shakshuka craving and rustled up a BEAUT of a dish with just what I have lying around in the kitchen.

Fry off your chorizo in a pan until it has a nice crisp and then pour into a bowl and keep to the side for later. Shit, almost forgot, pre-heat that grill! Always forget that part!

Heat a tbsp of oil in the same pan and gently fry off the chilli, garlic, shallots until soft. Add a cheeky tsp of sugar just to sweeten up the onions. Once soft, add your cumin, paprika and bay leaf. This will let the smokiness soak into the mix.

Give the peppers a couple of minutes to soften, then add your tins of cherry tomatoes, tomato puree and a splash of water.

You may have to use a potato masher to squish the cherry tomatoes so that all the juiciness spreads.

Let everything simmer at a low heat for 10-15 minutes until it is a nice consistency. You are aiming for a sauce that you can open small craters/holes in so that you can crack the eggs.

Crack 4-5 eggs into small craters in the sauce (we used 3 since there was only 2 of us and weren’t overly hungry). Try and make sure that none of the eggs are touching each other or overflowing all over the place. Let it simmer for 1-2 minutes so that the bottom of the egg cooks.

Place the frying pan under the grills for a couple of minutes – make sure you watch it like a hawk cause no one likes hard boiled eggs. It’s ALL about the “yolk ooze” in my house!

Slice up the bread whilst it’s in there (make sure you’re still watching) or get someone to do it for you!

And when it’s out…

Sprinkle a little coriander over it and just gaze at it.

Serve each egg on a piece of toast (the more the better so you can soak up the sauce). Then sprinkle more coriander on the sauce and top with a nice big dollop of Greek yoghurt. The yoghurt cuts through all the sauciness and just basically makes everything that much more delicious!

Right, in my mind that is how to bang out the perfect Shakshuka, but as I mentioned, don’t let the “fancy-fied” ingredients scare you. You can easily use chopped tomato cans instead of cherry and onions instead of shallots but I have just become a little more of a food snob recently (please don’t hate me for it!). I like to call this the “Make Friends in the Morning” or the “Get Laid Breakfast” as that is what I normally achieve!”

That’s all from Boy! He also insisted that I include his sign off, and I quote, “Dr. Dream Phd (aka Boy)”. Don’t ask. I never do. The things I put up with for his recipe. 

3 Comments

  1. July 8, 2014 / 10:06 am

    I've never tried this dish before but that looks so delicious! I found your blog through your post on Musselmen (which loooks absolutely amazing btw!).

  2. July 8, 2014 / 1:05 pm

    This looks delicious! Shakshuka and bikinis, what more do you need in life?

  3. July 15, 2014 / 11:53 am

    Oh my god! I need this right now!! Will try to make em after I'm done with finals 😀

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