There are also a lot of exciting breakfast recipes from all over the world where eggs are used as the main ingredient such as shakshuka and menemen.
Menemen and shakshuka are both traditional egg dishes where eggs are cooked in a tomato sauce
They are very delicious and colorful dishes that easy to make, and they are usually served in the skillet that they are made in.
In this post, we are going to find out more about menemen and shakshuka especially how they differ
Menemen vs. shakshuka
Menemen is a Turkish egg dish while Shakshuka is an egg dish of North African origin.
The eggs used in these two dishes are also prepared differently.
Shakshuka is an egg dish in which the the eggs are poached in a spicy tomato sauce while in menemen, the eggs are scrambled in the tomato sauce.
What is menemen?
Menemen is traditional Turkish egg dish that is made up of eggs that are cooked in a tomato sauce.
This dish is pretty simple to make as well as very delicious. It is also highly nutritious and filling.
Menemen could be eaten as a main dish where it is usually served together with bread.
It is traditionally eaten as a breakfast dish but could also be eaten at anytime of the day.
The dish consists of a tomato sauce made with fresh tomatoes and eggs which are scrambled in a tomato sauce.
The eggs in menemen are continuously stirred in the tomato sauce while heating so that they are scrambled.
There are also variations of this dish; for instance, some recipes make use of onions while some others do not.
This dish can be garnished with cheese, scallions, and it is served in the pan where it is cooked in.
How menemen is prepared
A tomato sauce is made from olive oil, finely pureed or diced tomatoes, and pepper. Seasonings such as kosher salt, cumin, mint, thyme, paprika are also added to the tomato sauce.
The eggs are cracked open and then they are poured into the simmering tomato sauce in the pan where they are gently stirred continuously until they set.
Mushrooms and meat could also be added to the dish.
When the meal is ready, it is served in the skillet where it was cooked in, and eaten together with bread.
What is shakshuka?
Shakshuka is an egg dish of North African origin. It is very popular in the middle east and also growing in popularity all over the world
In this dish, the eggs are poached in a spicy tomato based sauce.
To make poached eggs, the eggs are cracked and are cooked out of their shell in water, the same technique is used to cook shakshuka, but in this dish, the eggs are poached in a tomato sauce
The sauce for shakshuka is a spicy tomato sauce that could be made with tomatoes, peppers, olive oil, garlic, onion, cumin, and paprika.
The tomato sauce is flavorful and brings a lot of flavor to the dish.
There are also other variations of the tomato sauce in shakshuka, and some recipes could also be less spicy.
Shakshuka coud be eaten as a main dish for any meal of the day.
Sometimes the dish also features leafy vegetables and also dairy. The dish could also be garnished with feta cheese and olive oils or topped with yogurt.
Shakshuka is also traditionally served warm in the skillet that it was made in.
How shakshuka is made
Shakshuka is an easy dish to make. Preparing this dish starts with making the tomato sauce in the pan.
The tomato sauce is made from pureed tomatoes, red peppers, olive oil, onions and garlic. Cumin and paprika could also be added to season the dish.
Once the tomato sauce starts to simmer, the eggs are added to the simmering tomato sauce.
The eggs are cracked open and added directly into the tomato sauce without stiring or whisking it.
The dish is cooked until the eggs in the tomato sauce are done.
Once its out of the heat, parsley and olives could be used to garnish the dish
Eggs can be prepared in a variety of ways; they are fried, scrambled, boiled, poached or they could be cooked in a tomato sauce to make either menemen or shakshuka.
Menemen is a turkish dish where eggs are scrambled in a tomato sauce while shakshuka is made up of eggs poached in the tomato sauce.
Both dishes are very delicious, nutritious and also filling.
So in case you get bored of your usual egg breakfast recipes, or you want a dish with an exciting flavor, you could try these egg dishes.