Harissa Chickpea Shakshuka with Za’atar Pita Wedges

Harissa Chickpea Shakshuka

with Za’atar Pita Wedges

30 MIN
2 Servings
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From the Test Kitchen

In our take on this vibrant Middle Eastern favorite, we’re nestling rich eggs between a hearty mix of chickpeas, poblano pepper, and onion simmered in our smoky harissa and tomato-based sauce. For even more dynamic flavor, we’re quickly infusing olive oil with herby za’atar to drizzle over our pan-toasted pita bread—perfect for scooping up the sauce.
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    740 Cals (est.)
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Harissa Chickpea Shakshuka with Za’atar Pita Wedges
Title
  • 2 Pasture-Raised Eggs
  • 2 Pocketless Pitas
  • 1 14-Oz Can Whole Peeled Tomatoes
  • 1 15.5-Oz Can Chickpeas
  • 2 cloves Garlic
  • 1 Red Onion
  • 1 bunch Mint
  • 1 Tbsp Red Harissa Paste
  • 1½ oz Feta Cheese
  • 1 oz Sliced Roasted Red Peppers
  • 1 Tbsp Za'atar Seasoning (Ground Sumac, Sesame Seeds, Salt, Ground Thyme, Whole Dried Oregano & Crushed Aleppo Pepper)
  • 1 Poblano Pepper
Prepare the ingredients
1 Prepare the ingredients

Wash and dry the fresh produce. Halve, peel, and medium dice the onion. Peel and roughly chop 2 cloves of garlic. Drain and rinse the chickpeas. Place the tomatoes in a bowl; gently break apart with your hands. Roughly chop the roasted peppers.Cut off and discard the stem of the poblano pepper. Halve lengthwise; remove the ribs and seeds, then medium dice. Thoroughly wash your hands, knife, and cutting board immediately after handling.Pick the mint leaves off the stems. 

Make the za’atar oil
2 Make the za’atar oil

In a medium pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add half the za’atar (you will have extra). Cook, stirring frequently, 1 to 2 minutes, or until fragrant. Transfer to a bowl. Rinse and wipe out the pan. 

Cook the vegetables
3 Cook the vegetables

In the same pan, heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the diced onion and chopped garlic; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 3 to 4 minutes, or until lightly browned and slightly softened. Add the diced poblano pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 1 to 2 minutes, or until slightly softened. 

Start the shakshuka
4 Start the shakshuka

Add the harissa paste and drained chickpeas to the pan. Cook, stirring frequently, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until thoroughly combined. Add the crushed tomatoes (carefully, as the liquid may splatter) and chopped roasted peppers; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes, or until slightly thickened. Turn off the heat. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired.

Make the pita wedges
5 Make the pita wedges

Heat a separate dry, medium pan (nonstick, if you have one) on medium-high until hot. Working one at a time, add the pitas. Cook 1 to 2 minutes per side, or until heated through and pliable. Carefully transfer to a work surface and brush or drizzle with the za’atar oil. Cut into equal-sized wedges. 

Finish the shakshuka & serve your dish
6 Finish the shakshuka & serve your dish

Using a spoon, create two shallow wells in the center of the shakshuka. Carefully crack an egg into each well. Cover the pan with foil and cook on medium-high 4 to 5 minutes, or until the egg whites are set and the yolks are cooked to your desired degree of doneness. Turn off the heat. Serve the finished shakshuka garnished with the cheese (crumbling before adding) and mint leaves (tearing just before adding). Serve with the pita wedges on the side. Enjoy! 

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Prepare the ingredients
1 Prepare the ingredients

Wash and dry the fresh produce. Halve, peel, and medium dice the onion. Peel and roughly chop 2 cloves of garlic. Drain and rinse the chickpeas. Place the tomatoes in a bowl; gently break apart with your hands. Roughly chop the roasted peppers.Cut off and discard the stem of the poblano pepper. Halve lengthwise; remove the ribs and seeds, then medium dice. Thoroughly wash your hands, knife, and cutting board immediately after handling.Pick the mint leaves off the stems. 

2 Make the za’atar oil

In a medium pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add half the za’atar (you will have extra). Cook, stirring frequently, 1 to 2 minutes, or until fragrant. Transfer to a bowl. Rinse and wipe out the pan. 

Make the za’atar oil
Cook the vegetables
3 Cook the vegetables

In the same pan, heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the diced onion and chopped garlic; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 3 to 4 minutes, or until lightly browned and slightly softened. Add the diced poblano pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 1 to 2 minutes, or until slightly softened. 

4 Start the shakshuka

Add the harissa paste and drained chickpeas to the pan. Cook, stirring frequently, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until thoroughly combined. Add the crushed tomatoes (carefully, as the liquid may splatter) and chopped roasted peppers; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes, or until slightly thickened. Turn off the heat. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired.

Start the shakshuka
Make the pita wedges
5 Make the pita wedges

Heat a separate dry, medium pan (nonstick, if you have one) on medium-high until hot. Working one at a time, add the pitas. Cook 1 to 2 minutes per side, or until heated through and pliable. Carefully transfer to a work surface and brush or drizzle with the za’atar oil. Cut into equal-sized wedges. 

6 Finish the shakshuka & serve your dish

Using a spoon, create two shallow wells in the center of the shakshuka. Carefully crack an egg into each well. Cover the pan with foil and cook on medium-high 4 to 5 minutes, or until the egg whites are set and the yolks are cooked to your desired degree of doneness. Turn off the heat. Serve the finished shakshuka garnished with the cheese (crumbling before adding) and mint leaves (tearing just before adding). Serve with the pita wedges on the side. Enjoy! 

Finish the shakshuka & serve your dish
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