Shakshuka with Moroccan Meatball

This spicy North African dish is perfect for breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner! You can serve it with toasted bread or couscous, and the poached egg is cooked to perfection, with a spicy, warm stew. With this recipe, you can either make the classic shakshuka, or this version with meatballs, which my friend’s Moroccan grandma made for me when I visited their home. I like both versions, but the meatballs make it a much heartier meal.


You need (for 2 dinner serving, or 4 breakfast serving):

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 red bell peppers
  • 1 jalapeno pepper
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne
  • 3 cups crushed tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 4 eggs
  • (OPTIONAL: 1 lb ground beef; 1/2 lb ground lamb; 1 egg, 3 tbsp bread crumbs; 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro; 1 teaspoon turmeric; 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper; 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon; 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg; 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper; 1/2 teaspoon salt; 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger)

How to make this:

  1. Chop the onion, slice and seed the red bell pepper and jalapeno
  2. In a heavy duty deep pan, heat up the olive oil on medium, toss in the onion, bell pepper, and jalapeno, cook them for 5 min
  3. Mix in the cumin, paprika, turmeric, ground black pepper, cayenne into the pan, lightly toast them with the vegetables for about 2 min
  4. Pour in the crushed tomatoes and water, cook it until it simmers
  5. OPTIONAL: mix the ground beef, ground lamb, egg, breadcrumbs, chopped fresh cilantro, turmeric, cayenne pepper, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, freshly ground black pepper, salt, ground ginger. Form them into little 1-inch balls, and bake them in an oven for 10 min, then place them into the stew and cook for another 10 min
  6. Crack each egg into a bowl, then gently pour the egg into the stew, close the lid and cook them for about 5 -7 min or until the egg is just barely cooked, then turn off the heat and let it sit for about 10 min (where the egg will continue to cook), sprinkle some chopped cilantro and serve it with some toasted bread of your choices

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