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This poached egg dish is an Israeli favorite in restaurants and home kitchens. You can prepare the sauce in advance, and then reheat just before cooking the eggs.



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1 ½ tsp. olive oil
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1 medium onion, chopped (1 ⅓ cups)
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1 red bell pepper, diced (1 ⅓ cups)
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1 jalapeño chile, chopped (3 Tbs.)
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2 cloves garlic, minced (2 tsp.)
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8 Roma tomatoes, diced (4 ½ cups)
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½ tsp. ground cumin
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1 Tbs. tomato paste
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4 large eggs
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3 Tbs. chopped parsley, optional


1. Heat oil in skillet over medium heat. Add onion and bell pepper, and sauté 7 to 9 minutes. Add jalapeño and garlic, and sauté 1 minute more. Add tomatoes and cumin, and season with salt and pepper, if desired. Cover, and cook 2 minutes. Uncover, and cook 6 to 8 minutes, or until mixture thickens. Stir in tomato paste, and cook 1 minute more.

2. Reduce heat to low. Make 4 cavities in mixture with spoon. Break 1 egg into small dish, and slip into cavity. Repeat with remaining eggs. Cover, and cook 8 to 10 minutes, or until egg whites are set. Sprinkle with parsley, if using.

Nutrition Information: 

9 g
Total Fat: 
7 g
Saturated Fat: 
2 g
15 g
186 mg
114 mg
3 g
8 g
Serves 4

Comments on this Recipe

This was egg-cellent! I made it for my hubby and I and we enjoyed it very much. Turned out just like the picture! I appreciate the nutrition info on all the recipes!

Fellow readers: Does anyone suggest eating this with a starch -- couscous or something else -- or is it best on its own?

This is one of my all time favorite dishes and we eat it for lunch every Friday

So good! I added some avocado slices on top when serving-- nice addition.

Very good - served this on top of a slice of multigrain bread, which provided a bit of substance. This is a keeper for my crew.

We eat it over brown rice. Everyone loves it.

looks good.

I used canned diced tomatoes and it was pretty good

Do you think you could make the tomato-pepper mixture in advance, then cook individual portions in the oven as required? If so, how long for and at what heat do people recommend please? :^D

This is a good site!