Baked Eggs (Or if We're Being Fancy - Shakshuka!)

I'll admit: I stalked the images and recipes for Shakshuka, or eggs baked in tomato sauce, for a long time before I tried making it myself. I was a little tentative about actually trying it because 1 I wasn't sure how I'd like the eggs with tomato sauce combo and 2 there seemed to be lots of spices that I wasn't too amped about but I didn't want it to be bland either.

Finally I got off my dupa, as my grandmother would say, and gave it a try. Most recipes I found for this dish served a whole group out of a skillet, but since I didn't want to waste a whole bunch of eggs in case I decided I hated it (and come on when was the last time I hated food? Never.), I opted to use two individual baking dishes. This recipe is then built for one, but feel free to multiply it for a group and use a skillet instead.

So what really is Shakshuka? Tomato sauce - please use a quick homemade one I swear it makes a difference - that baked eggs are tucked into, full of spices and pockets of cheese! What could be better. 

Serves: 1

Total Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup homemade tomato sauce (or gluten free tomato sauce from the store fine I get it)
  • Sprinkle (1/2 teaspoon) paprika
  • Sprinkle (1/2 teaspoon) ground cumin
  • Sprinkle (1/2 teaspoon) cayenne
  • Sprinkle red pepper flakes, or what you can stand (my weak Irish palate can only manage so much!)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup crumbly and salty cheese - I recommend feta or goat cheese
"We're not cute now, but soon we'll be HOT!"

"We're not cute now, but soon we'll be HOT!"

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375F. If reheating sauce, warm up on the stove or in a microwave-safe container (I know you and I know what you're doing. Go for it). 
  2. Add paprika, cumin, cayenne, and red pepper flakes to sauce, and divide between dishes (or in a skillet if you're going all in).
  3. Create a slight indent in each individual dish, or pockets for as many eggs as you have in your skillet. Gently crack eggs into each pocket.
  4. Add salt and pepper to taste, keeping in mind that good manners indicates you should taste all food before seasoning it, so maybe don't overdo it before that puppy's done (hey dad are you reading this blog jw). Add cheese of choice around, on top of - hell sneak some cheese in with your sauce for a surprise later!
  5. At this point I'd recommend putting smaller dishes on a cookie sheet covered with aluminum foil to avoid clean up later. Add this to your oven and bake for 7-10 minutes, until just set.
  6. Voila! You are Ina Garten level cool. Now add  your extra s&p or hot sauce or whatever you want, LL Cool J.