All I know about Tunisia I heard from my mother; she visited that country and came back filled with enthusiasm for Tunisia; she showed us pictures of little houses painted white with light blue louvers. She brought back an ornate bird cage, all white and blue; she told us that in Tunisia people spoke an Arabic that was very close to our Lebanese dialect and were very friendly and warm. I was dying to visit too.
Shakshouka is the savory dish for this challenge and is common in both Algeria and Tunisia; it is a breakfast or luncheon dish consisting of frying a variety of peppers in olive oil and cooking eggs in that mixture; variations to that dish include adding potatoes, eggplant, and various spices such as cumin, harissa, and so on.
My revisited version of shakshouka: Cook the potato or yam in the microwave; stir-fry the peppers; carve the potato and remove most of the flesh; mash it lightly and season; drop an egg in the shell and cook in the microwave; serve.
INGREDIENTS: 4 servings
- 4 potatoes or yams
- 4 large eggs
- 2 pounds of a mixture of red, yellow, green bell peppers, sliced in strips
- 1 large onion
- 3 tomatoes chopped and seeded (I did not add tomatoes this time)
- 1 tablespoon of paprika and 1 teaspoon of smoked paprika
- 3 cloves of garlic, mashed in a mortar with a pinch of salt
- salt, pepper to taste
- 1/4 cup of chopped parsley
- squeeze of lemon juice
- olive oil as needed
- Heat some olive oil and fry the paprikas for 5 seconds till the oil is colored; add the onions and the peppers and fry for a few minutes until softened; add the tomatoes and garlic and fry a little while longer.
- Cook the potatoes in the microwave or oven; when done, cut in half, scoop out the flesh, mash it a bit, season it a bit with some paprika, add some extra olive oil or butter, a squeeze of lemon juice (Lebanese-style) and a sprinkle of chopped parsley. Gather and fill up one half.
- Break the egg into the other potato half and bake in the microwave for one minute or longer depending on how cooked you like your egg to be.
- Serve with the peppers on the side or sandwiched between the potato and egg.
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