Shakshuka

I can’t believe I’ve never made this dish before – I have at least 3 cookbooks with similar recipes – it is a great weeknight meal. I made a few tweaks.

  • Olive oil
  • 3 – 4 jarred roasted red peppers, chopped
  • 1 onion sliced thin
  • Salt
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp tumeric
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 lbs ripe tomatoes or canned tomatoes, chopped
  • 4 oz goat cheese, sliced
  • 6 eggs
  • Pita bread or flatbread

Heat oven to 375.

Heat oil in an oven proof 12 inch skillet. Add peppers and onions with a pinch of salt. Reduce heat to medium and cook stirring until the veggies are soft, about 5 minutes. Stir in spices and cook 1 minute.

Stir in tomatoes, 1/2 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp black pepper. Cook partially covers until tomatoes are very soft and form a thick sauce, about 15 minutes. Stir in goat cheese. Crack eggs over the surface and bake for 7 – 10 minutes until eggs are just set. Serve with pita.

Serves 4.

Grilled Veggies and Cheese

This salad is perfect for a warm summer night since it is grilled.

¾ pound halloumi

2 sweet red peppers

1 large zucchini

1 Japanese eggplant

1 bunch scallions, trimmed

Salt and pepper

Olive oil

2 tsp fresh thyme or crumbled dried mint

1 tsp sumac

Balsamic glaze

Prepare a hot grill. Cut halloumi into 8 to 12 slabs, about 1/3- to 1/2-inch thick. Cut peppers into wide pieces, slicing from top to bottom along the natural indentations. Discard seeds. Cut pieces in half crosswise. Slice the zucchini and eggplant on the diagonal, into 1/4- thick.

Season all vegetables with salt and pepper. Brush vegetables and halloumi with olive oil.

Grill vegetables until tender and nicely charred, turning occasionally. If you’d like, use an outdoor grill pan to keep them from slipping through the grate. Scallions will be ready after 3 to 4 minutes. Peppers, zucchini and eggplant take about 10 minutes. Arrange on a platter.

Grill halloumi, turning occasionally, for 2 to 6 minutes, until grill marks appear. When you press on the cheese, it should give but it should not be runny.

Remove cheese to the platter with vegetables and drizzle with olive oil and balsamic glaze. Sprinkle cheese and vegetables with herbs and sumac, if you’d like, and serve.

Serves 2 – 4.