Shakshuka with Swiss Chard

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This version of a very popular breakfast dish is crammed with softly cooked chard and spiced with cumin and paprika.

Shakshuka with Swiss Chard in frying pan and on yellow plate.

Essentially, a shakshuka recipe includes eggs gently cooked in a vibrant tomato sauce. While this dish couldn’t be more savory, it is actually very popular as a breakfast in these necks of the woods. This version includes tender Swiss chard which adds color an some nice nutritional bang-for-your-buck to the dish.

You may have seen versions of shakshuka in some hipper brunch places, shiny food magazines, or any of the upscale Israeli or Middle Eastern eateries springing up in cities all over the country — not to mention Instagram accounts. That’s because this is a dramatic-looking dish and some fine, fine eating. But this is not a new, flash-in-the-pan dish. Shakshuka has been around for a long time and one that various regions and countries claim as their own (Morrocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, and Israel, to name a few).

I tend to stick to my stove, borrow a bit of everyone’s culture (with appreciation and acknowledgment!), and make my own squished-together, begged-borrowed-and-stolen version of other people’s national dishes.

This is a one-dish meal, but you could add a simple salad with a vinaigrette to round things out. Some crusty bread or warm pita on the side would be great for soaking up all of the drippy yolks and juices. Or maybe make some biscuits or popovers. Also try Huevos Rancheros and Migas, two of my other favorite egg-based breakfast dishes!

As for the name shakshuka…remember the theme song from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, “Oh, Yeah?”? That is what the name of this dish makes me think of, that part where they go, “shaka-shu-kah,” or something like that. I know; kind of shallow.

Adding parsley to Shakshuka with Swiss Chard in pan.

Shakshuka Recipe With Swiss Chard

This recipe produces a generously seasoned tomato sauce, and you are welcome to reduce the amount of cumin and paprika if you want a more gently flavored shakshuka. The sprinkle of feta on top is a great fresh burst of salty/creamy at the end.

This version is crammed with softly cooked Swiss chard, which is one of the greatest greens around. We all have gotten to know kale — maybe more than some of us actually wanted to. Let’s be sure to check out this great leafy green as well. It is pretty gorgeous in its raw state, often with thick stems in many colors of the rainbow. You’ll be drawn to it at the farmers markets because of its sexy big leaves and pretty colors. Don’t resist. The colors of the stems hold up pretty well when cooked, too.

Pan of cooked Shakshuka with Swiss Chard on table.

Shakshuka Ingredients

  • Swiss chard – You can sub in other greens if you like.
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • Shallots
  • Minced garlic
  • Crushed tomatoes in juice – Forms the base of the dish, into which the eggs are nestled
  • Cumin, paprika, and red pepper flakes – Adds both warmth and heat!
  • Eggs
  • Feta cheese – You can use another crumbly cheese like queso fresco if you like. Ricotta salata would also be good.
  • Fresh parsley – Don’t skip this, which adds both color and freshness.

How to Make Shakshuka

  1. Sauté the chard: Separate the stems of the chard from the leaves. Thinly slice the stems and set aside, then thinly slice the leaves and set aside. In a large skillet with a lid, heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil and sauté the chard leaves for about 4 minutes, until wilted.
  2. Make the sauce: In the same skillet, saute the shallots, garlic and chard stems, stirring occasionally, until the stems are slightly softened, about 3 minutes. Add the tomatoes, cumin, paprika, crushed red pepper, salt, and pepper, then simmer until the sauce is thickened, about 20 to 25 minutes.
  3. Combine and bake with eggs: Using tongs or a fork, transfer the sautéed chard leaves in 8 relatively even portions over to the simmering sauce. Use the back of a spoon to make an indent in one clear area of the tomato sauce, and crack one of the eggs into it. Repeat until the eggs are distributed throughout the sauce. Cover the pan and let the eggs cook for about 8 to 10 minutes, until the whites are set but the yolks are still jiggly.
  4. Garnish and serve: Sprinkle the feta over the top, and then the parsley. Serve immediately.
Serving Shakshuka from pan to yellow plate.

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Shakshuka with Swiss Chard

This version of a very popular breakfast dish is crammed with softly cooked chard and spiced with cumin and paprika.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 8 People
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Ingredients 

  • 1 large bunch Swiss chard
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil (divided)
  • 4 shallots (minced)
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 (35-ounce) can crushed tomatoes in juice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground paprika
  • Pinch of crushed red pepper
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper (to taste)
  • 8 large eggs
  • ¼ cup crumbled feta cheese
  • Chopped parsley (to serve)

Instructions 

  • Separate the stems of the chard from the leaves. Thinly slice the stems and set aside, then thinly slice the leaves and set aside.
  • In a large skillet with a lid, heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil, and saute the chard leaves for about 4 minutes, until wilted. Season with salt and pepper and set aside.
  • In the same skillet heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of the olive oil. Add the shallots, garlic and chard stems and cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until the stems are slightly softened, about 3 minutes. Add the tomatoes, cumin, paprika, crushed red pepper, salt, and pepper, then simmer until the sauce is thickened, about 20 to 25 minutes.
  • Using tongs or a fork, transfer the sautéed hard leaves in 8 relatively even portions over to the simmering sauce, and make little piles of them, spaced somewhat evenly (see, there’s a chard theme; it doesn’t have to be perfect!) throughout the pan of sauce. Use the back of a spoon to make an indent in one clear area of the tomato sauce, and crack one of the eggs into it. Repeat until the eggs are distributed throughout the sauce, amongst the piles of chard. Cover the pan and let the eggs cook for about 8 to 10 minutes, until the whites are set but the yolks are still jiggly.
  • Sprinkle the feta over the top, and then the parsley. Serve immediately.

Notes

This recipe produces a generously seasoned tomato sauce, and you are welcome to reduce the amount of cumin and paprika if you want a more gently flavored shakshuka.  The sprinkle of feta on top is a great fresh burst of salty/creamy at the end.

Nutrition

Calories: 174kcal, Carbohydrates: 12g, Protein: 9g, Fat: 11g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 168mg, Sodium: 294mg, Potassium: 499mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 7g, Vitamin A: 1014IU, Vitamin C: 14mg, Calcium: 100mg, Iron: 3mg
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About Katie Workman

Katie Workman is a cook, a writer, a mother of two, an activist in hunger issues, and an enthusiastic advocate for family meals, which is the inspiration behind her two beloved cookbooks, Dinner Solved! and The Mom 100 Cookbook.

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