Missing your weekend brunch ritual? With this recipe for Turkish eggs, you can recreate it at home.
Turkish eggs has been a regular feature on brunch menus across the country because they're moreish, colourful and packed with protein - making them an ideal (late) start to any weekend. With this recipe, you can make them quickly and easily at home, then sit down for a phone call with your friends. It will feel like you're back at the brunch table in no time.
They also make a great, easy fix for lunch for the family as you're likely to already have most of the ingredients in your cupboards and fridge. Staples like eggs, onions and peppers are included in this recipe along with some basic spices like cumin.
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- Heat the olive oil in your largest, lidded frying pan. Add the onions then peppers and season with salt and pepper. Cook on a medium heat for three minutes.
- Add the garlic and cook for a further 1 minute to just soften the garlic.
- Sprinkle in the cumin and caraway seeds and the cayenne pepper. Stir in the tomato purée and cook for a couple more minutes then throw in the pierced toms.
- Simmer for 10 minutes, uncovered, until reduced a little. Turn off heat and stir in the herbs, spinach and a tsp of harissa if wanted spicier.
- Make 3 or 4 small dips or wells in the sauce around the pepper slices. Break an egg into a cup and drop carefully into each dip. Now put back on heat and cook for a few more minutes until the whites are just set and the yolks are still runny. Sprinkle over the crumbled feta and spring onions. Serve with yogurt and tahini mixed together on the side plus pitta breads and olives.
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 2 large onions, thinly sliced
- 1 red pepper, 1 green pepper, 1 yellow pepper; cut into round slices, seeds removed
- 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
- ½ tsp cumin seeds
- ½ tsp caraway seeds
- ½ tsp cayenne pepper
- 1 tbsp tomato purée
- 1 x 400g tin tomatoes
- Handful cherry tomatoes, pierced/scored
- 1 small bunch fresh flat leaf parsley, roughly chopped
- 3 or 4 free-range eggs
- 80g feta, crumbled
- 2 chopped raw spring onions
- 80g wilted spinach
- 1 pot thick natural yoghurt
- 4 heaped teaspoons tahini
- Harissa to dress (optional)
Top Tip for making Turkish eggs
If you like it spicy add some chilli flakes to the recipe too.
Chef, Food Writer, and Podcast Host Elişa Roche trained under Jamie Oliver as part of Channel 4 show Jamie's Kitchen before working at some of London's best restaurants. She has cooked at No10 Downing Street and for celebrities including Oprah Winfrey, U2, and Sir Paul McCartney.
She now hosts a podcast about careers in the food industry and loves to mentor newcomers. Before that, Elişa worked as Group Food Director and TI Media and then Future, commissioning, art directing, and producing food and drinks content across more than 20 magazines and their associated websites and special issues.
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