Culinary Inspiration

You might have seen shakshuka popping up on brunch menus everywhere lately and wondered what it is. For those who haven’t been curious enough to order it yet, we’re here to clue you in to your soon-to-be new foodie favorite. Because shakshuka is here to stay!

Finding its roots in North Africa and the Middle East, shakshuka is essentially a flavorful combination of eggs poached in a thick tomato sauce. You don’t have to wait an hour for a table at the hippest brunch spot to give it a try, though! This dish is riding the waves of popularity in eateries around the country because not only is it delicious, but it’s also simple to make. Whip up this Muhammara Shakshuka in your own kitchen with easy ingredients you likely already have in the pantry.

Shakshuka with Walnut Muhammara

Muhammara Madness

What makes this version of shakshuka stand out is the addition of muhammara—a red pepper and walnut mixture, similar to a hummus. In this delectable version, the addition of walnuts to the shakshuka gives it a buttery, almost creamy texture. Plus, the richness of roasted red peppers adds an extra flavor boost!

Even better, heart-healthy walnuts make this meal ideal for anyone who is following the Mediterranean Diet. Advocates and followers of the Mediterranean Diet eat meals focused on plant-based foods, whole grains, legumes and nuts. Between the walnuts—which are high in Omega-3’s—eggs, and tomatoes, this muhammara shakshuka is a sensible meal for anyone who’s looking for an option that’s both flavorful and nutrient-rich.

Shakshuka with Walnut Muhammara

Shakshuka Is so Easy to Make

It’s best made with a cast iron skillet, but a non-stick oven-safe skillet can work, too. You’ll also need a blender or food processor to make the muhammara. First, add roasted red peppers, walnuts and canned diced tomatoes to the blender. Give that a whirl, then add your spice combination. Aromatic cumin, chili powder, lemon juice, and tangy balsamic vinegar meld seamlessly with your sauce. Then, heat some olive oil in your skillet and sauté the onions and garlic until they’re fragrant. Add your sauce to the skillet and stir well to combine. Next, create small divots in the sauce for your eggs. Crack your eggs right into the skillet and cook them until they’re set. Finally, top the shakshuka with diced walnuts and a fresh herb like parsley, cilantro or basil. Serve with herbed yogurt, fresh bread, or pita. You could even add a bright green salad for an added bit of freshness and make this a complete and balanced meal. Get the full recipe and step-by-step instructions here.

That’s how simple this muhammara shakshuka recipe is to create. Be prepared to want to make this all the time—it’s that delicious!

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