Eggs in spinach

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A delightful Iraqi dish of eggs baked in spinach; I added a few diced bell peppers for color. I have made it with both frozen chopped spinach and whole-leaf fresh and the fresh spinach is way superior in taste and appearance. 


1 bunch spinach, or a bag of washed spinach or baby spinach

4 large eggs

salt, pepper, dash of nutmeg

4 Tbsp oil or clarified butter

1 cup of diced red, yellow and orange bell pepper

1 cup ground meat or sausage

1 onion, chopped

1. Heat the oil or butter and fry the onion, diced peppers till softened; add the meat and brown, sprinkle with the spices. Add the spinach to the skillet and cover for a couple of minutes until the spinach wilts a bit.

2. Make a crater in different spots and place an egg in each crater; bake in a preheated 350F oven for 8 minutes or until the eggs are set. Serve with bread immediately.

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  1. Posted August 24, 2013 at 1:22 pm | Permalink

    Superbe recette ! Je fais souvent des oeufs aux épinards à l’irakienne mais sans viande et sans poivrons. Cette version me plaît beaucoup, je l’essaierai un de ces prochains jours !

  2. Posted August 24, 2013 at 5:47 pm | Permalink

    Oh my goodness, it’s so pretty!

  3. Posted August 25, 2013 at 3:10 am | Permalink

    A tasty dish and lovely combination!



  4. Nidal
    Posted August 25, 2013 at 4:27 am | Permalink

    Excellent plat ! Très représentatif, à mon avis, de l’esprit “Bonheur de vivre” Moyen Oriental…
    Comme Darya ( mais en Jordanie), on prépare ce plat exclusivement avec des œufs est des épinards.
    Seul bémol, la cuisson des œufs au four.
    Je trouve ce mode de cuisson incompatible avec un “résultat parfait” voulant que le blanc d’œuf ait un aspect légèrement caramélisé (Voir très caramélisé…!!!) avec, en même temps, un jaune d’œuf restant mou, onctueux, coulant et légèrement (à moitié) transparent.
    Dans mon expérience, les jaunes d’œufs sortaient du four…carbonisés….
    Mais à l’époque, je trouvais ça très bon !

  5. Mark Wisecarver
    Posted August 25, 2013 at 6:04 am | Permalink

    Yum! Personally I’d leave the meat out but what a delight. :)

  6. Posted August 25, 2013 at 9:57 am | Permalink

    Even your most straightforward dishes are works of art – the flavors here are perfect!

  7. Posted August 26, 2013 at 8:23 pm | Permalink

    An absolutely beautiful way to get your greens and protein.


  8. Posted August 27, 2013 at 9:48 am | Permalink

    My goodness, such a wonderful spinach & egg dish : ) loved the addition of bell peppers, thank you for the inspiration : ) ozlem

  9. Posted August 27, 2013 at 2:30 pm | Permalink

    I don’t care where you hail from, this is soul food – plain and simple.

  10. Posted August 31, 2013 at 10:16 am | Permalink

    Wow, your dishes look so authentic and so middle eastern! I love Mid East food and enjoyed my stay in your blog :)

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