Even though it's winter, I feel like I'm using more vegetables than ever before. Maybe it's because I've sworn off carbs for the rest of the immediate future (well, except for when my cousins from Oregon were in town and we had to eat all of the food this past weekend), but it has been really fun experimenting! One of my go-to dishes during this time has been shakshuka. I've been playing around with different ingredients and found something I love - they key is avocado. It adds a freshness that perfectly counters this spicy breakfast dish. The recipe is below and it is super easy to make!
Now, I mentioned my cousins being in town and how we had to eat ALL OF THE THINGS because of that. Well, I tried something I've never had before - a potato knish!!! It was truly amazing and life changing. Who knew that something so magical could be found on the Lower East Side!! We had both savory and sweet:
Savory: regular potato knish, broccoli potato knish
Sweet: apple and cheese knish
The knishes were basically pillows of mashed potatoes (in the case of the savory ones) encased in a light blanket of dough. The sweet one was full of apples and a lightly sweetened cream that was reminiscent of cream cheese. I could have eaten 100 in a row. I think it's fairly safe to say that I am now addicted for life. I'm planning on trying to make them myself even though I know they won't be nearly as good, but hey, it is worth the try!
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a 8-10 inch cast iron skillet, simmer olive oil and garlic. Add in diced tomatoes, onion, and spinach and stir. Add in spices and continue stirring.
Once everything has come together and the mixture is bubbling (about 15 minutes), use a spoon to create two shallow holes in the sauce. Carefully crack an egg into each hole. Transfer into the oven and bake for about 10 minutes, or until the egg whites have firmed but the yolk is still runny.
Remove from the oven and top with fresh avocado, scallions and dill.
- 1 14 oz. can diced tomatoes
- 1 cup spinach
- 1 small yellow onion, diced
- 1 tbsp. garlic
- 1/2 tsp. dukkah
- 1/4 tsp. smoked paprika
- 1 tsp. dried basil
- 1/2 tsp. chili powder
- 1/4 tsp. cumin powder
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 avocado, sliced
- 2 eggs
- Scallions and fresh dill, to top