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Breakfast Shakshouka

Photo: Thomas J. Story

Total time 1 hr

Serves 6

To scoop up every bit of this spicy egg and tomato dish, popular in North Africa and Israel, we brushed slices of pain au levain with oil, then toasted them on a grill pan set on a camp stove. After breakfast, we cleaned the cast-iron skillet by scrubbing it with hot water and a nylon wash pad (no soap). We set it back on the stove to dry and wipe with a thin film of oil. For more:


  • About 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 3/4 cup chopped fresh Anaheim chiles or 1 can (4 oz.) chopped Anaheim chiles, drained
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • About 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon sweet or hot paprika
  • 1 can (28 oz.) crushed tomatoes
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/4 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley, divided
  • 6 large eggs
  • Pepper
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese

Nutrition Information

  • calories 249
  • caloriesfromfat 62 %
  • protein 12 g
  • fat 18 g
  • satfat 4.8 g
  • carbohydrate 15 g
  • fiber 3.3 g
  • sodium 584 mg
  • cholesterol 223 mg

How to Make It

  1. Heat 2 tbsp. oil in a 12-in. cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat on a camp stove. Sauté onion and fresh chiles, if using, until softened, 7 to 8 minutes. Add canned chiles, if using, garlic, cumin, 1/2 tsp. salt, and the paprika; cook, stirring, until garlic is softened, about 1 minute.

  2. Add tomatoes and sugar; bring to simmering, then reduce heat and cook until flavors are blended and mixture is a little thicker, about 15 minutes. Stir in 1 tbsp. parsley.

  3. With a wooden spoon, make 6 depressions in tomato mixture. Crack 1 egg into each and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cover skillet tightly with a lid or foil. Cook until eggs are set but yolks are still runny, rotating skillet 180° halfway through cooking, 5 to 9 minutes.

  4. Scatter feta and remaining 3 tbsp. parsley over shakshouka, then drizzle with remaining 2 tbsp. oil. Serve with more oil at the table if you like.