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Brunch Gluten free
Serves 2-4
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Shakshuka is a one pan dish. Eggs are a must, everything else changes with the seasons–add potatoes during winter and aubergines in spring. The hero in ours is slow-cooked, gently spiced tomatoes and peppers—the perfect bed for your eggs. It's been a favourite in our delis since day dot.


2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp Pilpelchuma or harissa paste
2 tsp tomato purée
2 large red peppers, cut into 0.5cm dice (300g in total)
4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 tsp ground cumin
5 large, very ripe tomatoes, chopped (800g in total); tinned are also fine
6 medium free-range eggs
120g Labneh or thick yoghurt


1. Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan over a medium heat and add the pilpelchuma or harissa, tomato purée, peppers, garlic, cumin and ¾ of a teaspoon of salt. Stir and cook on a moderate heat for about 8 minutes to allow the peppers to soften. Add the tomatoes, bring to a gentle simmer and cook for a further 10 minutes until you have quite a thick sauce. Taste for seasoning.

2. Make eight little dips in the sauce. Gently break the eggs and carefully pour each into its own dip. Use a fork to swirl the egg whites a little bit with the sauce, taking care not to break the yolks. Simmer gently for 8–10 minutes, until the egg whites are set but the yolks are still runny (you can cover the pan with a lid if you wish to hasten the process). Remove from the heat, leave for a couple of minutes to settle, then spoon into individual plates and serve with the labneh or yoghurt.