Carrie’s Baked Moroccan Eggs

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This recipe is inspired by the traditional North African or Middle Eastern cooking method of using a tagine over an open charcoal fire.  A tagine consists of two parts: the base, that is flat-bottomed with rounded sides, and a tall dome-shaped cover that sits on top of the base during cooking.  The cover is shaped this way so that all the condensation that rises during the cooking process is looped around and returns back to the bottom, making a moist and flavorful dish.

Kitchen cupboard space is always in high demand, and while I would love to stock mine with every gadget and utensil you can find.. its just not realistic.  As I don’t own a tagine, I adapted a traditional recipe to work with my cast iron pan and a tight fitting lid. This meal would be great as a brunch item, but I end up serving this mostly as a “breakfast for dinner”, along with either avocado toast, or a big piece of crusty bread to soak up all the amazing sauce that is left over.
I hope you enjoy!

 

 

Ingredients

3 tablespoons olive oil

3-5 slices of bacon, diced ( I have also used prosciutto, or a spicy sausage before)

1 onion, chopped

1 small red chilli, chopped

1 medium red bell pepper, chopped

½ teaspoon salt

2 garlic clove, chopped

2-3 button mushrooms, sliced

½ teaspoon ground cumin

½ teaspoon paprika

½ teaspoon ground coriander seed powder

½ dried oregano (fresh is also fine, parsley could be used instead)

½ teaspoon turmeric powder (optional)

(alternatively use 1½ teaspoon of pre-mixed Moroccan spice mix)

1½ cups diced tomatoes, tinned or fresh

4-6 free-range eggs

fresh parsley and/or coriander (cilantro), roughly chopped

Method

In a deep frying pan, heat a teaspoon of olive oil over medium-high heat and add the bacon. Cook until crispy, then remove to a bowl but reserve the fat in the frying pan.

Add the remaining olive oil. Add the onion and pepper, and sauté for 3-4 minutes, until slightly softened. Season with salt and add the mushrooms and garlic. Cook for a minute, stirring. Then add back the bacon and spices, stir for 30 seconds allowing the aromas to be released.

Then add the tomatoes, stir, and cover with a lid. Cook on medium-low heat for 10-12 minutes, giving it a stir a few times.

Using a spoon, make small wells in the tomato mix and crack an egg into each, letting the egg white spill over the edges. Sprinkle each egg yolk with a little salt and pepper (and chili flakes if you like it spicy), cover with the lid and cook on medium-low heat until the egg whites settle and firm up but the egg yolks remain gooey, about 5 minutes.

You’re after a white translucent film over the egg yolks but only just. It’s very easy to overcook the eggs this way so it’s best to leave them slightly under as they will keep cooking while getting served.

Serve the eggs in the cooking dish sprinkled with some fresh parsley and coriander.