Chef John Gorham introduced tapas to Portland, Oregon, when he opened Toro Bravo in 2007. At his new follow-up restaurant, Tasty n Sons, Gorham features an array of global brunch dishes, such as Burmese red pork stew and the Israeli tomato-and-baked-egg breakfast known as shakshuka. In Gorham's interpretation of the Middle Eastern classic, sweet peppers, onions and tomatoes mingle under runny baked eggs. This one-skillet meal is great to share at sunrise, but it will serve you well for supper, too.
Recipe adapted from John Gorham, Tasty n Sons, Portland
Yield: 4 servings
¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
½ medium yellow onion, thinly sliced
3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1 cup thinly sliced roasted green peppers (about 2 peppers; see Note)
1 cup thinly sliced roasted red peppers (about 2 peppers; see Note)
¾ teaspoon paprika
¾ teaspoon piment d'Espelette or red pepper flakes
¾ teaspoon granulated sugar
1 small bay leaf
1 cup whole canned tomatoes, with juice
Salt and freshly ground pepper
4 large eggs
Crusty bread, for serving
1. In a large, ovenproof skillet, warm the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and the garlic and cook until the onion becomes translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the green and red peppers and cook for 2 minutes. Add the paprika, piment d'Espelette, sugar and bay leaf and cook, stirring occasionally, until fragrant, about 2 minutes longer.
2. Preheat the oven to 400˚. Add the tomatoes and their juice to the skillet and bring to a simmer. Reduce the heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the tomatoes break down, about 20 minutes longer. Discard the bay leaf and season with salt and pepper.
3. Bring the sauce back to a simmer. Crack the eggs over the sauce so that they are evenly distributed across the surface. Transfer to the oven and bake until the egg whites are set but the yolks are still soft and runny, about 7 minutes. Serve immediately with crusty bread for dipping.
Note: To roast the peppers, place the peppers on a hot grill or hold them over a gas flame on the stove until black and blistered on all sides. Transfer the peppers to a large bowl, cover with plastic wrap and let steam for 15 minutes. Peel, seed and stem the peppers. Set aside until ready to use.
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