Shakshuka, from my experience, what makes this recipe special are the ingredients. If you look at other recipes for Shakshuka, you will find that the recipe is usually made with only a few basic ingredients. However, this recipe is a little different. I started with a very basic combination of ingredients, but the end result was a flavor explosion. So, what makes it so special? The spices and fresh herbs. Let’s start with the spices.
The spices and fresh herbs are the difference makers in this recipe. I used a combination of coriander, cumin, ginger, and cinnamon. Now, what makes this recipe special is that it’s not just a combination of spices, but a complete spice blend. I also used fresh basil and garlic. I was amazed with the flavor of the spices and herbs in this recipe.
Once you get the basics down, I think you’ll have a recipe that you can replicate and make for your family and friends. I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do.
Makes: 4 servings
- 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 onion, sliced
- 2 cups tomatoes, chopped
- 1/4 cup tomato paste
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
- 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
- Garlic powder
- Heat the oven to 325° F.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the oil, onion, and 1/2 cup of the tomatoes. Cover and let marinate for at least 30 minutes.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the tomato paste, salt, pepper, cumin, coriander, ginger, and cinnamon. Add to the onion mixture.
- Add basil, and garlic powder to the onion mixture. Toss to combine.
- Transfer to a 13×9-inch baking dish. Top with the remaining tomatoes. Bake for 40 minutes.
- Serve with pita bread or crusty bread, and a green salad or vegetable of your choice.
This is such a wonderful way to start a meal. It is so easy to make and is full of flavor. Not only is it easy to make, but it is also a great way to get kids to eat vegetables. I know from experience that kids will eat vegetables if you put them on a pizza.
You can make this with almost any type of tomato. I used a mix of cherry tomatoes and regular tomatoes. You can even use fresh plum tomatoes or even grape tomatoes if you want. It’s up to you.
If you want to make it more of a traditional Shakshuka, you can add some chopped olives. You could also add a little bit of cayenne pepper. I’ve tried both ways and like them equally.