Mediterranean Shakshuka

Mediterranean Shakshuka

YIELD: Makes 4 servings


For Pickled Vegetables:

2 cups - white balsamic vinegar

4 tsp. - kosher salt

1/4 cup - honey

1/2 cup - carrot, julienned

1/2 cup - radishes, thinly sliced

4 - green onions, slivered

For Sauce:

3 T - olive oil, divided

1 large or 2 small - zucchini, cut into 1/4" slices

1/2 - sweet onion, diced

1/2 - red pepper, diced

2 cloves - garlic, minced

2 cans - diced tomatoes

3 T - tomato paste

2 T - honey

2 T - red wine vinegar

2 T - capers, rinsed

1 tsp. - fresh thyme leaves

1 tsp. - fresh oregano, chopped

1/4 tsp. - crushed red pepper

1/2 tsp. - sea salt (may not need)

4 - eggs

1/2 cup - feta, crumbled

1/4 cup - kalamata olive, chopped

4 - pitas, for serving


Combine the white balsamic vinegar, salt and honey in a small saucepan and bring to a boil, let it cool for 5 minutes and add the carrot, radish and green onion. Transfer the mixture to a storage container, cover and refrigerate.

Heat 2 T olive oil in a heavy skillet over medium-high, add the zucchini slices and sauté’ 2-3 minutes each side, remove to a plate.

Add another T of olive oil to the skillet, add the onion and diced red pepper, sauté’ 8-10 minutes until onions become translucent. Next, add the garlic and sauté’ another 2 minutes, add the tomatoes, tomato paste, honey, red wine vinegar, capers, herbs, and crushed red pepper, lower the heat to medium and simmer for 10 minutes. Add a little bit of water if sauce becomes too thick, the sauce needs to be a little bit loose to cook the eggs. Fold in the zucchini disks.

Turn the heat up a bit so that the sauce bubbles. With the back of a spoon, create 4 indentions in the sauce and gently break the eggs into them, cover and simmer for about 6-8 minutes until whites are set and yolk is still runny or to your preference.

Toast the pitas and cut each into 4 wedges.

Gently scoop out one egg along with the sauce onto 4 plates, sprinkle with the crumbled feta and chopped Kalamata olive and, serve along with the pita and pickled vegetables.


You can purchase kalamata olives already pitted and feta already crumbled for a shortcut.