I was first introduced to this dish when I tried Ottolenghi’s version in his fantastic book Plenty. Its a North African dish that is traditionally served for breakfast but I love it at any time of the day- and I can promise you it’s especially good as a late night feast or restorative brekkie after a night on the town. Once you’ve tried it you can make it your own by adding whatever takes your fancy or for using up what you have in the fridge or store cupboard. A little crumbled feta on top, a chopped courgette or a few sliced mushrooms added with the peppers, even a bit of sliced cooking chorizo(not traditional I agree, but very good) are all good additions. Feeling the pinch post Christmas this is a paupers supper but with its huge hit of flavour and exuberant colours it doesn’t feel like any kind of penance.
I like to make the sauce in quantity so I can freeze some for when the shakshuka urge creeps up on me. Serve it with good bread or toasted pittas as you will need it for scooping up every last bit of the sauce and runny egg.