This is a sandwich that can be served for any meal of the day, inspired by the traditional dish Shakshouka – simply eggs poached in a spicy tomato sauce. Its a great vegetarian meal on its own, and even better sandwiched between slices of olive bread, with the addition of a little harissa mayo and briny feta (Holmestead makes a great one).
This recipe is also easy to batch up for more than one, can be served open faced to lighten it up a little. It doesn’t take long to cook up, but if you’re in a real hurry in the mornings, you can always cook it up the night before, keep the eggs and sauce in a sealed container, and rewarm in the mornings for the sandwich. Tastes just as great the next day!
- 2 slices olive bread, lightly toasted
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 1/4 onion, chopped
- 1/4 green pepper, chopped
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/4 teaspoon hot smoked paprika
- 4 ounces chopped tomato (can use canned, drained)
- 1 large egg
- salt and pepper
- 1 ounce crumbled feta cheese
- 1.5 tablespoons harissa sauce (can substitute a 1/2 – 1 tsp harissa powder if you don’t have fresh)
- 1.5 tablespoons good quality mayonnaise
- boston lettuce
Add 1 tsp of olive oil to a small non-stick pan, bring to medium heat.
Add onions and green pepper to oiled pan along with spices. Cook for several minutes until vegetables have softened. Add tomatoes and cook until liquids have reduced somewhat (the time will depend on whether you have used fresh or canned tomatoes)
When vegetables have cooked down, crack the large egg over top, add a pinch of sea salt and a grind of pepper. Cover and cook for a minute or two.
Remove cover from pan and sprinkle the feta over the egg. Return cover and cook for an additional 3-4 minutes, until egg yolk is set and feta has melted slightly. Remove from heat.
Mix harissa sauce and mayonnaise together and spread on both slices of olive bread. Place boston lettuce leaves on one slice of bread.
Spoon egg and tomato mixture onto the slice of bread without the lettuce. Press remaining slice of bread to make the sandwich. Plate up and enjoy!