A Spicy, Herby, Low-Carb One-Pan Dish of Roasted Eggplant cooked in Tomato Sauce Perfect for Breakfast or Brunch.


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Lately, there is a proliferation of Shakshuka dishes on the internet that I wondered what the point was about writing yet another Shakshuka recipe.  But, this Tunisian eggplant shakshuka is about to become your new weekend favourite. I have made several variants of shakshuka and this recipe tops the list. I think it’s got something to do with the buttery texture of eggplant. And, as October draws to an end, bringing it with, the end of the peak season for eggplant, let’s just take a moment to celebrate the humble eggplant in al its glory in this fine shakshuka dish from Tunisia.

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I wrote about the basic appeal of Shakshuka in my easy Tunisian Shakshuka recipe , which is in part,  responsible for Shakshuka’s revolutionising of the brunch landscape. But seriously, tell me, what is not to love about eggs cooked in a herby,  spicy tomato sauce? Or an easy recipe that works beautifully and is brimming with freshness and flavour? My kids who are fussy eaters gave the Tunisian Shakshuka two enthusiastic thumbs-up after eating it, and that really was all the motivation I needed to create a variant which includes eggplants – one of my favourite vegetables. 

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.And now, about this shakshuka,…. So, close your eyes and imagine a hot pan waiting patiently to sizzle at that first kiss from a drop of oil, the sweet smell of onions gently sautéed till soft and golden, diced sun-ripened tomatoes bursting with juice and flavour, and slices of eggplant cooked to creamy and buttery perfection in a heady mix of fresh herbs of spices, surrounded by luscious pools of golden-yellow egg yolk and served with slices of rustic farmhouse bread. And now, if your heart isn’t racing, and your mouth salivating…

.There are only 2 tips to take into account with this recipe, and we are good to go:

Eggplants require a bit of salting and drying prior to cooking to get most of the water out of the membrane.

To get the most flavour out of the eggplant, oven-grill them prior to adding them to the Shakshuka sauce. Oven-grilling allows the eggplant to absorb more of the Shakshuka flavour during the cooking which renders them sublime, in my opinion.

And now, enough talking! Let’s get cooking..

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Tunisian Roasted Eggplant (Aubergine) Shakshouka
Tunisian Roasted Eggplant (Aubergine) Shakshouka
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Tunisian Roasted Eggplant (Aubergine) Shakshouka
Tunisian Roasted Eggplant (Aubergine) Shakshouka
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  1. Sprinkle the eggplant slices with salt on both sides. Allow to drain over a bowl for one hour. Then discard the liquid and rinse the slices in cold water. Pat dry with a paper towel, pressing down slightly to get rid of excess water.
  2. Set your oven to 160ºC (Fan-assisted) or 180ºC. Generously brush both sides of eggplant slices with 2 teaspoons of oil and sprinkle some pepper. Bake for 7 - 10 minutes per side, flipping over once, until browned and softened. lightly charred.
  3. Heat your pan till hot. Then add the extra virgin olive oil along with garlic and onions. Sauté on medium heat for about five minutes until onions are soft and golden.
  4. Add the red bell pepper, and spices (cumin, cayenne pepper, and paprika), and continue frying for another 3 - 5 minutes. Keep stirring to prevent burning.
  5. Mix in the eggplant, tomatoes, tomato sauce and stock cube and gently simmer covered on low - medium heat for about 20 minutes. Check occasionally that the mixture does not become too dry. If it reduces too quickly and becomes dry, add a little water to keep it moist. Shakshuka should be a "dry-ish" sauce so resist the temptation to add too much water. The liquid from the tomatoes and the tomato sauce should provide enough moisture.
  6. Make small wells in the mix and crack the eggs into the pan. Season the egg whites with salt and black pepper. Cover the pan and allow the eggs to poach for about 5 minutes for runny yolks, and about 10 minutes for hard yolks.
  7. Sprinkle the chopped coriander over the sauce and serve with granary bread.

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Nutrition Facts
Tunisian Roasted Eggplant (Aubergine) Shakshouka
Amount Per Serving
Calories 345 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 21g 32%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 10g
Cholesterol 550mg 183%
Sodium 363mg 15%
Potassium 848mg 24%
Total Carbohydrates 22g 7%
Dietary Fiber 6g 24%
Sugars 9g
Protein 20g 40%
Vitamin A 83%
Vitamin C 141%
Calcium 12%
Iron 26%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Let me know what you think!

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Laters,

 

Emem
Afro-fusion Food Lover.
Sustainable Food Advocate.
Completely nuts about Avocado.

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