Friday, September 15, 2017

Shakshouka: one-skillet recipe


I  saw this on my instagram feed and I had to instantly make it. Love making some Shakshuka on my weekends off. A perfect Sunday brunch for my husband and I. Shakshuka is a typical North African (Tunisian)  dish of eggs poached in tomato sauce spiced with cumin, paprika, and cayenne. Here's my version of it. I highly recommend adding the feta cheese, it's delicious! I looked up recipes from epicurious and NYT cooking when making. Scroll through this simple recipe to make some Shakshuka (just so much fun to say).

6-7 eggs
3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
1 onion, thinly sliced
1 teaspoon ground cumin
¼ teaspoon cayenne and paprika
1 can whole plum tomatoes, chopped
3 tablespoons olive oil
feta cheese (optional)
salt and black pepper to taste
chopped cilantro

1. Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.

2. Heat pan with olive oil over medium-high heat. Add onion and bell pepper- cook until soft for roughly 10-15 minutes. Add garlic- cook for another minute. Add cumin, paprika and cayenne- cook for another minute. Pour in tomatoes and season with salt and black pepper according to taste. Simmer until sauce is thickened for about 10 minutes. Add crumbled feta cheese.

3. Crack eggs in the skillet over sauce. Season again with salt and black pepper. Transfer skillet to oven and bake until eggs are just set for 10 minutes. Lastly, garnish with cilantro.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Chicken Parm Panini

Just wanted to make something quick for lunch today. I used what I had at home and this took me less than 15 minutes to make. I even have left overs for the week to take to work!

2 chicken breasts
Pasta sauce of choice
1-2 cups egg whites
Bread crumbs
Mozzarella cheese
Whole wheat bread
Fresh basil leaves (optional)
Olive oil to heat the grill pan

1. Rinse the chicken breasts, pat dry, and cut in half horizontally. Pound flat and season with salt and pepper. 
2. Dip the chicken breasts in egg white bowl, then coat with bread crumbs.
3. Heat the grill pan with olive oil and place coated chicken breasts in the pan. 
4. I used a grill pan and allowed the chicken to cook for 8 minutes on medium high heat on each side.
5. I added a layer of pasta sauce on the bread, then placed the chicken breast, coated with pasta sauce again, and finished with adding from mozzarella cheese. Add fresh basil leaves (optional).
Ready in just 3 minutes in my panini maker!