Apr 15, 2013

Harissa Eggs in Purgatory


Eggs simmer in a fiery tomato sauce with Moroccan spices.

This simple egg dish, simmered in a fiery tomato sauce can feel like heaven if you need a quick inexpensive meal with a kick.

I bought a jar of Mina Harissa on Amazon, a bright red Moroccan condiment that can be used with couscous, vegetables, meats or whatever you want, and my first thought was Eggs in Purgatory. It's spicy and flavorful, made of a blend of six simple ingredients; red chili pepper, red bell pepper, garlic, extra virgin olive oil, vinegar and salt which also comes in a paste.


This is the type of dish you can have for breakfast, lunch or dinner (Hello Meatless Mondays). Serve with with crusty bread, or any type of grain and call it a meal or double the portion and skip the starch if you are following a low carb or paleo diet.



Harissa Eggs in Purgatory
Skinnytaste.com
Servings: 4 • Size: 1 egg with sauce • Old Points: 2 • Weight Watcher Points+: 2 pt
Calories: 102.5 • Fat: 5 g • Carb: 5  g • Fiber: 1.5 g • Protein: 7 g • Sugar: 2 g
Sodium: 253 mg (without added salt) • Cholest: 175.0 mg

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 tsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp minced red onion
  • 14.5 oz can petite tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp prepared Harissa (I used Mina) or more if you like it spicier
  • 4 large eggs
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 tsp fresh chopped parsley or chives

Directions:

Heat a large non-stick skillet over medium heat, add the oil then the onion and saute until golden, about 2 to 3 minutes. Add the tomatoes, harissa, salt and pepper and increase the heat to medium-high and simmer until the liquid reduces a bit, about 3 to 4 minutes.

Reduce the heat to medium-low, carefully add the eggs, salt and pepper and cover. Cook until the top of the eggs set, about 4 to 5 minutes, or to your liking. Top with chopped fresh parsley or chives and serve.

68 comments :

  1. there are no eggs in the ingredients...

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    1. Ah thanks for pointing that out, 4 eggs... will fix.

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  2. This is a classic Israeli dish called shakshouka.

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  3. Such a great ad for Mina! Did you get paid for this?

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    1. No, not an ad, just an ingredient I bought and used. If it was paid for, I would have had to mention that it was a sponsored post. They got this one free :)

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  4. Is there a less spicy substitute or should I just use less?

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    1. They sell a milder one, but I only used 2 tbsp so it wasn't too hot. I would add more to make it spicier.

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    2. Raylene, I make poached eggs in purgatory all the time with just tomato sauce doctored up with Italian herbs. This one looks fantastic though! Gonna have to find that Mina Harissa and give it a shot!! :)

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    3. I make this all the time too. I use a can of diced tomatoes and add crushed red pepper . I top it with some shaved parmesan or provolone....YUM!

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  5. Where can you buy Mina Harissa?

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    1. You can buy it online from Amazon.

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    2. Daring Gourmet has a recipe for homemade harissa, which is what I would try if I do this.

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    3. I found it at Fresh Market. Though mine only had the mild version, the flavor is still great.

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  6. This looks delicious! I think I'll make some home-made harissa to use with this recipe later in the week. YUM.

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  8. This looks so yummy! I was just about to cook some eggs and toast when I came across this and now my breakfast looks frumpy and boring. I guess I'll have to have my sexy eggs after I order some Mina Harissa.

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  9. Thanks for sharing this scrumptious spring dish, Gina! It looks so delicious and simple!

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  10. this looks delicious, but $1 an ounce + shipping!? I think a recipe for making Harissa from scratch is in order!

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    1. I think they sell it at Whole Foods and other specialty stores. I've even seen it at West Elm of all places.

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  11. Harissa is to die for! I was introduced to it in Tunisia. Yum!! Will try to find some and make this recipe!

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  12. Ohhh. I have never tried Harissa and now I am intrigued!

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  13. Looks great Gina! I looooove harissa, especially in a chickpea and sweet potato stew recipe that I have up on my blog. I never thought to pair it with eggs but now you've got me curious!

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  14. Just made this for dinner with a few modifications - no harissa so I added garlic, crushed red pepper, and an extra splash of both olive oil and vinegar. Ate two portions over quinoa - AMAZING! And super filling! Might even just try one egg next time!

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  15. Looks great - but what do you serve it "with" or "over"? One person mentioned quinoa; any other suggestions, or just put it in a bowl?

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    1. I just ate it as is, but bread would be good, quinoa, brown rice if I was having this for dinner. I love rice and eggs for dinner!

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  16. Gina, will cooking the eggs 4-5 minutes make them over easy? How long do you think I would need to cook them for over hard? My husband doesn't like eggs over easy. Thanks!

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    1. Amy yes, over easy-ish. To make them well done, closer to 8, you can test it with a fork and take a poke at the yolk.

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  17. Just to say you are amazing. I've been following your blog for a long time and some of your recipes are now "classics" in my family. Thank you so much !

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  18. I'm going to try with Vietnamese chili garlic sauce that I have in the fridge, and a little extra olive oil. I'm hoping I'll get the similar heat and flavor as harissa.

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    1. No Harissa or Vietnamese chili garlic sauce either but I do have a jar of medium heat salsa in the fridge. How bad could that be?

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    2. It would be fine, I love Mexican style eggs. Beauty of cooking is, there are no rules!

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  19. To make Harissa there is a recipe on about.com here
    http://mideastfood.about.com/od/dipsandsauces/r/harissa.htm

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  20. There are other brands of Harissa widely available, eg Sabra. In Israel this dish is called Shakshuka, but I like your name for it! There are restaurants that serve nothing but...

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    1. So I've been told :) Yes, I'm sure there are other brands, you can use whichever is available.

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  21. I just got a jar of that in my Fancy Food box this month! My husband was like "what are you going to make with that??" Now I know!!!

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    1. What's a Fancy Food Box? I want one : )

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    2. I had to look it up. Then I HAD to subscribe - it sounds so fun!

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    4. go to thefancy.com search for the fancy food box. every month they send you a bunch of different food/kitchen items. Now they have 2 of them the regular food one and one that tyler florence picks out the stuff.
      Here's a link http://fancy.to/79f1na

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  22. Looks amazing. Do you need to drain the tomatoes?

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    1. I didn't, I just let it simmer longer but you can drain it, it would probably be a few minutes quicker.

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  23. Gina: I have a recipe to make Harissa. I made a batch and have had it in my refrigerator for a very long time. Seems to last and last.

    Jeanne

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  24. Looks amazing! It especially sounds good with quinoa. =)

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  25. This looks deliciously unique. I am reserving the recipe for a special sleep-in breakfast....Can't wait!

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  26. Never tried Harissa but this sure looks delicious!!!

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  27. Hi-- this might be a silly question but what is the difference between the canned petite tomatoes versus normal crushed/canned tomatoes? Does it matter if I use the standard San Marzano?

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    1. Canned crushed tomatoes are more of a puree and usually have basil which will change the taste.

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  28. Very nice recipe. I've just started playing with the eggs-in-purgatory style. It began with my enjoyment of huevos rancheros and thinking how much better the dish would be with basically sauce-poached eggs instead of the usual fried. This will go well with a chickpea version I think. Thanks for the idea.

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  29. Oh, yum! I'm definitely making this one! I think I will add some spinach and kale to the sauce to get some more veggies into it.

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  30. This was delish! I made it for dinner last night and served it over sourdough toast.

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  31. this looks so goood - this is happening on the weekends :)

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  32. Wow, yum! I found a jar of Shiloh's spicy harissa at Whole Food today and just had this for dinner. I was a little heavy spooned with the harissa, it was really spicy! I sauteed some potatoes and onions and had the eggs served on top. Delish!! Thanks Gina:)

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  33. Had this for lunch and it was so good! I even ate TWO eggs with half the sauce recipe and even with some crusty ciabatta it was still a perfectly sized meal. Also people should know it's super easy to make your own harissa (I'm in NZ and finding anything like that can be tricky). Google a recipe for harissa and you're away!

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  34. May be a silly question but would you use the same amount of Harissa paste as you did the prepared? Thank you for all your wonderful recipes. Tried the Mediterranean Quinoa Salad with your flounder picatta last night and it was wonderful.

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    1. I would use it to your taste, if you like it spicy add more.

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  35. Just made this today and it was lovely! Though I had trouble making sure my egg whites were cooked through, so got to the point that the yolks were cooked :/ Which was fine but I need to experiment to figure out how to get a runny yolk but well done whites! Maybe higher heat?

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  36. Made this for supper tonight, and it was fabulous! Hubs loved it so much he went back for seconds. I didn't have Harissa, so used Asian chili-garlic paste. I will be trying this with different spice combos, and expect it will end up in our regular rotation. :)

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  37. Has made this today for lunch,and come really good :) has used small tomatoes in different type and flavour are so good :)
    TQ for the recipe.Will try to cook others recipe tomorrow for dinner..

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  38. This was awesome! I didn't have any Harissa and didn't feel like driving across town to The Fresh Market so I used Siracha instead. Super yummy! I served it over some lightly wilted spinach that I warmed with garlic and it was very filling and tasty!

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  40. I made this and served it over my homemade Garlic Hummus and it was AMAZING!

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  41. Was looking for a shaksuka recipe and found this one. This recipe with harissa looks so good. making it tonight. My first time using harissa. I also bought mina harissa. can't wait to try it.

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