That first meal on a lazy Saturday or Sunday morning is a sacred one. With the weekend’s fun ahead, you’ll need some fuel but (hopefully) you’ve got the time to whip up something a bit more special than a bagel or oatmeal. Shakshuka has become the standard-bearer for Instagram-famous brunch dishes of late and lucky for us it’s great eats on top of being objectively photogenic—especially when it goes green.
In the new book from NENI, “Tel Aviv,” which reads like a cookbook mixed with a travelogue where chef, restaurateur, and author Haya Molcho and her four sons (whose 4 names comprise the word “NENI”) take us on a journey through the Israeli city with recipes from the region, stories, and pictures lovely enough to live on your coffee table.
The classic shakshuka—one of the most popular dishes in Israel—is twisted green when the traditional red tomatoes and red peppers are replaced with healthy garden greens like spinach, fennel, and leeks. If shakshuka has always appealed to you but the acidic tomato and warm spices like paprika and cumin don’t work for you in the morning, then this green shakshuka could be the answer. And it’s darn pretty, to boot.
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Haya notes that they have been serving variations of shakshuka in their NENI restaurants since the day they opened the first one 10 years ago. “It’s useful because you can prepare the ragout and use it over several days for different dishes such as pasta, as a bread spread, or as shakshuka; that’s why many families make it over the weekend.”
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With time, Haya wanted to create different variations of this popular dish and so she started experimenting with spinach and feta cheese for a rendition similar to the one below. Another variation of hers incorporates charred eggplant and tahini and she encourages folks to experiment with the basic shakshuka recipe themselves.