Tuesday, March 1, 2011

shakshouka and pita!

a recent trip to israel means many yummy food posts to come. a good place to start is the celebratory meal i cooked when i got back: shashouka and pita bread! i wanted to use the spices i brought back with me, paprika and za'atar right away.

so the deal is that there are a lot of ways to make shakshouka. i'm sure everyone has their preferred method. i went for something quite simple to keep things easy but also to let my newly acquired paprika shine. i looked up a bunch of different articles online and just used them as a guide to go at it myself. this is one of those dishes that is quite hard to mess up. really, no matter what you do, it's going to taste good.

the pita bread was surprisingly easy to make. especially considering i was making it while doing loads of laundry...i'm sure i messed up somewhere along the way. and yet, delish.

  • 1 28-oz can tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1/2 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 1/2 large red pepper, chopped
  • 6 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • salt
  • pepper
  • parsley, chopped
  • feta cheese
  • 6 eggs
  • olive oil
  • add a couple of tablespoons to a large pan
  • add garlic, onion, red pepper and cook until softened
  • add tomatoes, tomato paste, salt, pepper, paprika
  • cook until sauce slightly thickens, about 15 minutes
  • make 6 indents in the sauce and crack eggs onto top of sauce
  • cover and cook until the whites set, about 5 minutes
  • top with parsley and crumbled feta
pita bread
adapted from mark bittman's how to cook everything and the mollie katzen's new moosewood cookbook
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon honey
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 cups flour (i used spelt)
  • mix yeast into warm water and let sit for a few minutes. it should foam.
  • mix oil, salt, sugar, honey into water
  • add flour and mix, 1 cup at a time. by the end, you'll probably need to use your hands.
  • knead a bit and form dough into a ball. cover with plastic wrap and let rise 1-2 hours (or less, if you're rushed).
  • punch down dough. cut into 6 pieces and cover. allow to rest for 15 minutes. apparently this helps them puff...
  • flatten and roll each ball so that they're about 1/4-1/8" thin and somewhat circular. cover. allow to rest 15 minutes.
  • bake on a baking sheet 5-10 minutes, flipping once, until lightly browned on both sides.
  • good warm. or cold.

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