La Salsa Inglesa
Writing this recipe I had trouble deciding whether it’s best described as shakshuka or ’huevos rancheros’. The chili and the coriander give this breakfast dish a Latin American feel but without a typical roasted tomato sauce, fried eggs or black beans it doesn’t quite constitute as ‘huevos rancheros’ in my book. This is an ideal weekend brunch recipe. It requires little effort to cook, it’s low in fat (the eggs are steamed not fried), comforting and extremely nourishing. Add a handful of peas or spinach to add extra goodness. Shakshuka is a wonderful dish to share. When in good company place directly on the table to eat collectively straight out of the pan, but only do this with the most intimate of friends. Serve with tortillas or pita bread. Serves three hungry mouths, or six as part of a larger collection.
6 organic free-range eggs
2 tbs olive oil½ large onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced1 jalapeño, deseeded and finely chopped
1/2 tsp cumin½ tsp smoked paprika1 small red pepper, chopped into thin strips
4 large tomatoes, finely chopped
1 tin chopped tomatoes
1 tsp sugar
1 bay leaf
1 handful cooked peas or spinach (optional)
Coriander for garnish
Heat the oil in a large, deep frying pan and begin to fry the onion to soften. Add the garlic and chili and fry for another couple of minutes before adding the cumin and paprika, fry for one minute stirring continuously. Add the fresh tomatoes and pepper and cook for 3-4 minutes before adding the tinned tomatoes, sugar and bay leaf. Season and simmer for 10-15 minutes until you have a rich thick sauce.
Make six wells within the pan and carefully break in the eggs, cover the pan. After a couple of minutes sprinkle over the peas or spinach. Cook covered for another 5-10 minutes until the egg whites are firm but the yokes are still runny inside.
Serve immediately with toasted pita or tortillas and the coriander sprinkled on top. Bon appetit, Xela!
My Latin American food blog can be found at www.lasalsainglesa.com. AMA’s Alternatives Boutique sells homemade salsas, peanut butter and jams as well as beautiful textiles: 5a avenida 6-17 Zona 1.