Sometimes, when I've had a particularly stressful week, I just want some comfort food.

But I also want something interesting. And healthy (ie not pizza or take-out Chinese, again.)

Shakshuka is one of those meals that is infinitely comforting, variable and satisfying. Plus it's relatively hands-off (which, if you've noticed a theme to most things I cook) is a week-night necessity.

To make this you will need:
  • 2 chopped onions (red, yellow, white, combination thereof- it doesn't matter)
  • at least 5 cloves chopped garlic
  • 28 oz can tomatoes, whole preferred
  • 1.5 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 chopped jalapenos (or more)
  • 1 chopped anaheim pepper
  • 1 chopped green bell pepper (any combination of green peppers is good)
  • pinch red pepper fakes
  • 1 egg per person
  • 1/4 cup feta cheese
  • green herbs, to garnish (green onion, parsley, cilantro, thyme, etc...)

  1. In heavy-bottomed large sauce pan/skillet heat olive oil over medium high
  2. add onions and garlic, sauteing until soft, 5+ minutes
  3. add all peppers and saute until fragrant and soft, 5+ minutes
  4. open and dump in tomatoes and their juice
  5. cover and reduce heat to medium low, let simmer, stirring occasionally, until tomatoes begin to break down, 25+ minutes
  6. as tomatoes soften, squish them into smaller pieces with a wooden spoon
  7. once tomatoes are nice and soft, crack one egg per person over the top, and sprinkle with feta
  8. cover and cook until eggs reach your desired firmness, usually just a few minutes for runny/soft yolks
  9. spoon shakshuka and one egg into each person's bowl, garnish each bowl with the chopped green herbs
  10. eat, be comforted, and relax

If it's really been one of those days/weeks I do the same thing, only with store-bought spaghetti sauce -not the same, but still nice.

If it hasn't been one of those weeks, I imagine you could make this almost as easily with fresh tomatoes (I'm lazy and wouldn't peel), although internet rumor has it only canned tomatoes are authentic.

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