Caprese Shakshuka Breakfast Casserole

Get inspired with this Israeli meets Italy breakfast casserole: Caprese Shakshuka Breakfast Casserole! Eggs poached in a spicy tomato sauce, topped with gooey mozzarella cheese and sopped up by crunchy bread. OMIGOD!

Caprese Shakshuka

Do you get in food ruts? I totally do. Sometimes I’ll just eat Greek yogurt with almonds and honey for weeks for breakfast. Then I switch to oatmeal. With the occasional Challah French Toast for good measure. But lately, it’s been Shakshuka. Eggs poached in a spicy tomato sauce, topped with gooey cheese and sopped up by crunchy bread. OMIGOD! Why is everything better with an egg on it??? Salads, burgers, pasta, brownies. Okay, not brownies. But you know, almost everything! Some things are better left unanswered. A mystery of life.

Anyhoo, with hangover season coming up (SXSW, St Patrick’s Day, a bachelorette party and Purim of course!) there is literally not a better morning after food out there. You can quote me on that. Something about the drippy eggs and the spicy tomatoes totally cures you- I guess it is essentially a bloody Mary with a fork. You’re welcome.

This version is inspired by one of my favorite salads- caprese! Fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, and lots of basil. First up, heat some olive oil over medium heat and saute your onions and jalapenos with a pinch of salt for a 3-4 minutes until slightly soft. Add garlic and sauté for 1 more minute. Then add your cumin, paprika and cayenne pepper and stir. Add in the tomatoes and vinegar and simmer uncovered until thick, about 10-15 minutes.

Caprese Shakshuka

Then crack eggs one at a time into a ramekin and gently pour into the shakshuka. This method helps the eggs keep their shape. Add mozzarella slices and cover with the pan top of foil and cook for 5-7 more minutes until the egg whites are set and cheese is melty. Cook longer if you want the yolks set too.

Caprese Shakshuka

Garnish with basil and serve with crusty bread!

Caprese Shakshuka

Oh hellz yes. Bloody Mary optional.

Caprese Shakshuka

Caprese Shakshuka Breakfast Casserole
 
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Caprese Shakshuka Breakfast Casserole! Eggs poached in a spicy tomato sauce, topped with gooey mozzarella cheese and sopped up by crunchy bread. Get inspired with this Israel meets Italy breakfast casserole.
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: Israeli
Serves: 1-2
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ white onion, diced
  • 1 jalapeno, diced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper (or more!)
  • 1 14-ounce can of diced or sliced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 tablespoon champagne or white vinegar
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 cup basil
  • 3-4 eggs
  • 2 thin slices fresh mozzarella cheese
  • ½ cup fresh basil, chiffonade
Instructions
  1. In a large saute pan, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium heat and saute your onions and jalapenos with a pinch of salt for a 3-4 minutes until slightly soft. Add garlic and sauté for 1 more minute.
  2. Then add your cumin, paprika and cayenne pepper and stir. Add in the tomatoes and vinegar and simmer uncovered until thick, about 10-15 minutes. Add salt to taste.
  3. Then crack eggs one at a time into a ramekin and gently pour each one into the shakshuka. This method helps the eggs keep their shape. Add mozzarella slices and cover with the pan top of foil and cook for 5-7 more minutes until the egg whites are set and cheese is melty. Cook longer if you want the yolks set too.
  4. Garnish with basil and serve with crusty bread!

 

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  1. says

    This was unbelievably good – just made it for dinner tonight and everyone loved it. My daughter proclaimed it the “best dinner ever” and absolutely devoured it. I think we’ll be making this again – and looking forward to trying a few variations!

    • says

      I’m so glad you and your family liked it!! Shakshuka is one of my favorite foods ever. And there really are limitless combinations! Let me know what you come up with! I did one with summer squash and goat cheese a while back that was tasty. Don’t forget the crusty bread!!

      • says

        I think this would be completely delicious with feta cheese. I had a perfectly stale hunk of crusty baguette just waiting to be used in this tonight…and then ended up using freshly-made (as in this morning) pita bread instead. So now I will just have to make this again right away to put that old bread to use!

  2. says

    Know exactly what you mean about being in a breakfast rut – for the last few weeks I’ve been eating hard boiled eggs with mustard and an avocado with lemon juice. I need some variety in my bfast meals I’m realizing and this might just be it : ) Will have to try this within the next few days. I was worried you have to bake this (which I can’t since I’m currently renting an apt in Malaysia that has no oven) but so glad to see you can just cover it with foil and cook right on the stove top : )

  3. says

    Just tried it and works real well with mozzarella. Usually, I do it meaty instead, with bits of chicken sausage bites. One thing I noticed extra to other peoples recipe including my own version, is that your recipe asks for white vinegar. Why would you need or use that? Thanks.

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