Yes, you heard that right! I was on a kick for all things Israeli the whole past week, so it is no wonder that all the dishes I developed recently were Israeli or Israeli-inspired.
The starting point for Shakshuka is always the classic mother Shakshuka Recipe. Although my basic recipe includes many variations on the all-tomato one, this eggplant shakshuka variation came out so fantastic I thought I would give it pride of place in a post all by itself. Every ingredient is a star in its own right: portobello, eggplant, tomatoes, cheddar or other cheese including dairy free. Even no cheese at all would still make a great dish.
You can play with this recipe!
Go ahead and get your inspiration from the basic shakshuka above, and get an exciting variation every time. It all depends on what seems inviting at shopping time.
Make Eggplant Shakshuka the utilitarian way
Don’t divide the recipe, even if you are just two people eating. Rather, pour your eggs only over the vegetable section that will get eaten, and save the rest for the next shakshuka meal. It will freeze very well, but if you intend to use it in the next couple days, simple store it in the refrigerator.
Bingo: Get two meals with the labor of one!
The second time around, pour the vegetable mixture in a smaller skillet, and crack your eggs right on top, cooking the mixture just long enough to get the eggs cooked but still nice and runny.
Remember, you always want runny gooey eggs!
Getting the eggs harder will result in an uninspired and uninspiring dish. When it comes to eggplant shakshuka, and any shakshuka for that matter, gooey is the operative word! It always means the eggs go in at the end of cooking.
Don’t obsess about the perfect Saute!
Remember you will covering the skillet with a lid, so the vegetable mixture will soften and come together nicely.