"Once you learn to make shakshuka, you'll be cooking it for the rest of your life because everyone has a can of tomatoes or tomato sauce in the pantry, some vegetables and some eggs in the refrigerator," says Alon Shaya, the award-winning chef of Shaya restaurant in New Orleans.
Shakshuka is a traditional Middle Eastern dish of eggs cooked in tomato sauce. Often served in a cast iron skillet, the dish is perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner and is a delicious base for your favorite ingredients.
In this version, Shaya merges his Middle Eastern heritage with his adopted hometown by adding Cajun seasonings and Louisiana shrimp. The finishing touch is a swirl of green chili zhoug--a spicy herb and chili sauce that you'll want to use on everything after tasting it.
For the Green Chili Zhoug:
Place all ingredients in a food processor and pulse until it is a fine puree.
For the Louisiana Shrimp Shakshuka:1.
Heat a large cast iron skillet with 1/2 cup of olive oil over medium heat. Once the oil begins to smoke, add the cherry tomatoes and blister in the oil for 1 minute until golden brown.2.
Once the tomatoes are blistered, add the onions, garlic, bell peppers, Jerusalem artichokes and fava beans to the pan. Cook over high heat for 2 minutes until all of the vegetables are tender but not turning golden brown. Add the tomato sauce and salt. Bring to a simmer and crack the eggs into the pan in different areas and layer the shrimp in the where there are no eggs. Place a cover on the pan and cook until the egg whites have set but the yolk is still runny.3.
Remove the lid and pull the pan from the heat. Sprinkle all of the sliced green onions on top. Dollop the green chili zhoug on top (recipe below), drizzle on a little extra-virgin olive oil and serve with warm pita bread. Enjoy!