In America, eggs tend to = breakfast food. Omelets, scrambled eggs, and frittatas all scream breakfast, and what food is more alluring in the morning than a runny poached egg?
However, Mediterranean egg dishes are becoming increasingly popular in for meals at any time of day. In this episode of Eating by Heart, chef Colombe Jacobsen demonstrates how to make one of her favorite dishes: Moroccan eggs (AKA “shakshouka”). What gives this recipe its Moroccan twist is the seasoning. The Moroccan eggs recipe calls for cumin, scallions, and cilantro, all in a luscious bed of simmering tomato sauce.
You can certainly eat Moroccan eggs for breakfast or brunch, but it also makes a healthy and easy dinner. (And who doesn’t love an occasional breakfast for dinner?). Studies consistently show eggs are a healthy (and cheap!) protein, which is essential in a heart-healthy diet.
And by keeping up your protein intake, you may have an easier time managing your carb intake and sugar cravings.
In this Moroccan eggs recipe, Colombe prefers to use a cast iron skillet, because it is easy to clean, is the perfect size for four eggs, and can also be used as the serving dish. This is how shakshouka is traditionally served in Mediterranean restaurants, too. (Don’t miss these tips for cleaning your cast iron skillet when you’re done.)
For that wonderful Moroccan flavor, using fresh ground cumin is best, but pre-ground cumin will definitely do the job. (Here’s why one chef recommends grinding your own spices.) Cumin makes the dish smell and taste wonderfully earthy and rich, and cayenne pepper adds a bit of spice.
Add a dash of sea salt for flavor, but don't overdo it. The tomatoes, cumins, scallions, and cilantro should provide plenty of flavor. This way, you can keep the sodium levels down, which is recommended for optimal heart health and to prevent high blood pressure. (Check out a cardiologist’s 7 tips for following a low-salt diet.)
One perk of this Moroccan eggs recipe is that it’s made on the stove, so you don’t have to heat up your house by turning on the oven. (However, if you want to try a similar baked version, we have a baked eggs dish that’s loaded with veggies.) With this finishing touch you will have a beautiful heart-healthy egg dish to enjoy any time of day!