Eggs are perfectly versatile: have ’em scrambled, fried, poached, as omelettes or even baked. When baked in a ragout of crushed tomatoes, hot peppers, garlic & paprika, you just might get a glimpse of heaven!
I learnt this at Tatte Bakery, a little brunch gem in Cambridge, Boston. Shakshouka, means ‘mixture’: it’s a North African dish, popular in Morocco, Algeria & Israel for breakfast & dinner. This awesome post from Yin & Yolk, is a great review of Tatte Bakery.
Tatte Bakery & Cafe
70 Charles St, Boston, MA 02114
Phone: (617) 723-5555
Open 7 AM to 6 PM, check site for weekend hours
The real reason for my order, was the bombastic name: Shakshouka. I imagine if Beyonce had a twin sister, who is just as perfect as her, she would be named Shakshouka. If I had an alter-ego name, like you know, Beyonce’s ‘Sasha Fierce’….mine just might be Shakshouka Fierce.
As you can see, I had no choice but to order this party on wheels dish with the enticing name!
It was MAGNIFICENT. Oozing with rich, succulent tomato sauce & gooey melted Feta caressing eggs baked to perfection, with wafts of fresh parsley, oregano & garlic. (Food makes me feel things.) I knew I had to figure out how to make it at home.
Here’s my take on Shakshouka, I’ve tried and tested several variations to perfect the recipe, including a reader’s feedback to add Zatar, a middle eastern spice blend. If you make this recipe, I’d love to see your pictures! Tag us on instagram with #findmymojyo and share the Shakshouka love!
Also published on Medium.