The timeline of shakshuka is a long and winding one. While most agree that its precursor, a meat-and-vegetable stew, dates all the way back to the Ottoman Empire, the roots of its modern egg-and-tomato-centric form can be traced in various directions — to Tunisia, to Morocco, to Yemen, and beyond. Whatever its exact origin story, the dish has long been a staple throughout the Middle East.
In the Boston area, it has landed on numerous menus over the years, especially brunch menus, and not just at Middle Eastern restaurants. While there are many regional variations, its base form typically includes eggs poached (or scrambled) in a tomato sauce that may include peppers, onions, and a variety of spices. Some shakshuka dishes are spicy, some include meat, some are topped with cheese or yogurt. Whichever version you find, it makes for a hearty way to start (or end) the day.
Here are 19 excellently eggy examples to try throughout the Boston area.Read More