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    Chakchouka

    Chakchouka is a style of vegetable cooking from the Middle East and the Mahgreb (the North African countries bordering the Mediterranean, such as Tunisia and Morocco). The dishes always contain onions and garlic, and usually tomatoes and peppers; very often, a veil of beaten egg is poured over during the final stages of cooking. Serve with freshly grilled pitta bread.

    • Christmas
    • Preparation time: 15 minutes
    • Cooking time: 35 minutes
    • Total time: 50 minutes 50 minutes

    Serves: 8

    Ingredients

    • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
    • 1 onion, finely chopped
    • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
    • 4 large red peppers, halved, deseeded and cut into cubes
    • 1 red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
    • 2 x 395g cans Waitrose Italian Cherry Tomatoes in Thick Natural Juice
    • 450g courgettes, thickly sliced
    • 1 tbsp light brown muscovado sugar
    • 2 large eggs, beaten
    • ½ tsp ground cumin
    • 20g pack fresh coriander, chopped

    Method

    1. Preheat the oven to 200ºC, gas mark 6. In a large saucepan, heat the oil over a medium heat, then add the onion and garlic and cook for 5 minutes, or until tender.
    2. Add the peppers, chilli and the tomatoes with their juices, cover and bring to the boil. Season, cover and simmer for 10 minutes.
    3. Add the courgettes and the sugar. Stir gently together, then cover again and return to the oven for a further 20 minutes.
    4. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk together the eggs, cumin and chopped coriander with 3 tablespoons cold water. Season.
    5. Preheat the grill to high. Transfer the vegetable mixture into a flameproof serving dish. Adjust the seasoning to taste, then pour the egg mix over the vegetables in a thin layer. Place under the hot grill, uncovered, and grill for 4-5 minutes until the egg is just set. Remove from the grill and allow to cool slightly before serving.

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    Variation

    Replace the fresh chillies with a drop of Tabasco sauce or a small pinch of crushed chillies.

    Notes on ingredients

    This makes a great brunch dish, too, with a little Waitrose Cooks' Ingredients Kashmiri Saffron or ground turmeric added to the egg mix.

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