Shakshouka: Poached Eggs in Tomato Sauce on Toast {make this now}

Poached Eggs in Tomato Sauce Shakshuka or Shakshouka Recipe | @whiteonrice

We’ve¬†started to use this phrase {make this now} more often on the blog rather than just in conversation. We’ve all experienced this “omg, this is amazing….” type of revelation for particular dishes. When the sensations hit just right on the tongue or when that “wow” moment hits the palette, we can’t help it but to tell everyone to make this now. Thus, the method to our madness when we say {make this now} because when we’re blown away at at how simple and delicious and recipe can be, we can’t help it but scream it out loud. Previously, we said the same thing about this thai iced tea recipe and so many of you really did {made this now}. This makes us so proud.

Watch the video making the shakshouka (poached eggs in tomato sauce)Caution Рwatching the video may stimulate your appetite: 

Simple poached eggs by simmering in bubbly-hot tomato sauce, then smeared over a grilled piece of bread is life changing. we’ve been hitting myself in the head over since we made this because we can’t believe this dish snuck under our hungry-radar all these years.

Poached Eggs in Tomato Sauce Shakshuka or Shakshouka Recipe | @whiteonrice

before & after delicious-ness

Poached Eggs in Tomato Sauce Shakshuka or Shakshouka Recipe | @whiteonrice

Where have you been all our lives, dear poached eggs in tomato sauce… on toast? You are so freaking good.

How much more perfect can this simple concept be? The rich tomato sauce, nurturing the egg-poached-heaven is a match made in food-perfection. Add the third factor, crispy grilled bread, and all of a sudden, this trilogy now becomes a great breakfast or brunch. Oh what the heck, make it for dinner. Add a salad on the side and you’ll be whimpering like I did and ask, “why haven’t I made this before?!”

The best part about this madness is that you can add so many other ingredients to it to hearty-it-up. We’ve seen versions with kale, chickpeas, and ground chicken. Do what ever you want to it because for now, it’s all yours to play with.

Poached Eggs in Tomato Sauce on Toast from WhiteOnRiceCouple.com

For us, the most important (and hardest) part is timing the egg so that it becomes the poached texture that you like. Walk away from the stove for to long too check email, and what you will have a is a firm, boiled-like, yolk center. Become too impatient and turn off the heat too soon and what you will have are egg whites that are too runny. So make it a few times to get a feel for how long it takes to make your poached eggs perfect.

Alas, we’re already hungry again as we write this post. We’ll have to make it again soon and maybe next time, we’ll just dive the toast (crusty end first) into the tomato sauce and kill the poached egg in one quick swoop. Yum. Yum. YUM.

enjoy!

diane & todd

This recipe was originally published in 2013 and re-published in 2016 with new video & images.

Poached Eggs in Tomato Sauce on Toast from WhiteOnRiceCouple.com

Poached Eggs in Tomato Sauce on Toast from WhiteOnRiceCouple.com

Poached Eggs Recipe in Tomato Sauce on Toast (Shakshouka)

Yield: 4 servings

Total Time: 30 min

The important part is timing the egg so that it becomes the poached texture that you like. Walk away from the stove for too long to check email, and what you will have is a firm, boiled-like, yolk center. Become too impatient and turn off the heat too soon and you'll get egg whites that are too runny. So make it a few times to get a feel for how long it takes to make your poached eggs perfect.

You can add so many other ingredients to it to hearty-it-up. I've seen versions with kale, chickpeas, and ground chicken.

Ingredients:

  • two - 14 oz. cans of crushed tomatoes or your favorite tomato sauce
  • 4 large eggs
  • 3 Tablespoons (45g) butter
  • 1 small onion, minced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tablespoon (15ml) Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) chopped parsley
  • additional salt and pepper to taste
  • grilled bread or toast (for gluten free serve with gluten free bread)

Directions:

  1. Heat large saucepan on medium heat. Melt butter, then add onions and garlic and cook until soft.
  2. Add crushed tomatoes with juices (or tomato sauce), Worcestershire, cumin, paprika, salt and sugar. Stir till everything is combined well. Bring the sauce to a low boil, then reduce heat to low.
  3. Stir in the parsley and simmer the sauce on low heat for about 10 minutes on low heat, stirring occasionally.
  4. Crack the eggs into the tomato sauce, then cover the pan. Poach the eggs in the sauce for about 5-8 minutes, or until the whites are set and the yolk is still runny.
  5. Spoon the egg and tomato sauce over toast. Or serve the egg and tomato sauce in a bowl and dip with the toast. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve warm.
Recipe Source: WhiteOnRiceCouple.com.

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