I have the distinct pleasure of working at Vega Vineyard and Farm with an incredible crew, which includes the very accomplished, Chef Christopher Rossi. The menu is fantastic, filled with flavorful and beautiful dishes. Chef Rossi added Shakshuka to the weekend brunch menu a few months ago and I was in awe! What a fabulous dish! He is an amazing chef and his version of Shakshuka is just as amazing. But… I had to make this dish my own. So! Here is my Shakshuka recipe, based on the North African (Tunisian) delight. No offense Chef Chris, you are my inspiration!
Course Breakfast, Dinner
Cuisine African



  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Cup Onion Diced
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper Diced
  • 1 Cup Fingerling or Small Gold Potatoes Diced
  • 1/2 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Fresh Ground Pepper
  • 4 Cloves Garlic Minced
  • 1 tsp Smoked Paprika
  • 1 tsp Ground Cumin
  • Pinch Cayenne Pepper
  • 28 oz Crushed Tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp Harissa Paste
  • 1 Cup Fresh Spinach Leaves Coarsely Chopped
  • 3-6 Eggs

Optional Toppings:

  • 1/2 Cup Feta Cheese
  • 1/4 Cup Fresh Chopped Parsley
  • 1 Avocado Diced
  • 1/2 Cup Microgreens
  • Toasetd Bread


  • Cut and soak the potatoes in cold water for at least 30 minutes. This will remove the starch and help them cook when mixed with the other vegetables.
    Heat the olive oil over medium heat in a saute pan or dutch over. Add the onions, bell pepper, potatoes, salt and ground pepper. Cook until the onion is soft, about 8 minutes.
    Reduce the heat to low and add the garlic, smoked paprika, cumin and cayenne. Stir and let cook for about 30 seconds, then add the crushed tomatoes and harrisa paste. Simmer for about 15 minutes until the sauce thickens.
    Add the chopped spinach and stir until wilted, about 3-5 minutes. With the back of a spoon, make wells in the sauce. Crack eggs in each of the wells, cover and cook until the eggs are set – about 5-8 minutes depending on your desired consistency – just keep an eye on them.
    Once the eggs are at the desired consistency, spoon the Shakshuka into bowls and add salt and pepper and sprinkle with toppings.
    Toasted bread is great for scooping up yummy Shakshuka goodness!


Keyword Bell Pepper, Tomato, Vegetarian

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