Harissa Baked Eggs with Goat Cheese

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Harissa Baked Eggs with Goat Cheese (also known as Shakshuka) is a slightly spicy, quick, healthy, flavorful brunch recipe that is ready in under 20 minutes. Serve alongside crusty bread or potatoes to sop up the runny yolks.

Harissa Baked Eggs with Goat Cheese | Bites of Bri

I hope you had a great weekend. It was surprisingly nice here in Maryland so we didn’t waste much time before getting outside to soak up some Vitamin D.

Back in January, I told you about our personal goal to eat more wholesome foods and eliminate sugars and processed foods as a part of the 100 Days of Real Food Challenge. It’s going great! I’m happy to report that I have finally kicked my desert every night habit and I’m also acquiring a taste for my favorite things without the sugar I used to add. I will say that we’ve still been living life and eating out occasionally because hanging with friends is fun! Do I think we’ll probably go back to certain things? Yes. Do I think we’ll stick to certain parts of the challenge for the foreseeable future? Probably. Do I still like chocolate chip cookies and other goodies? Definitely :)

So, moving on! Thanks for letting me give you that little update on the challenge.

Harissa Baked Eggs with Goat Cheese | Bites of Bri

It’s no secret here that I love spicy flavorful food. So imagine how happy I was when Mina reached out and asked if I’d be willing to sample the Mina Harissas. I responded yes in a matter of minutes and then I waited patiently for them to arrive. (Best Mail Day Ever!)

I’ve been using both the red and the green Harissa in a variety of ways ever since. And, as a bonus, I found out that my local grocery store carries these amazing sauces as well. If you haven’t had Harissa before, it’s a spicy Moroccan red pepper sauce.

We love brunch food and breakfast for dinner type meals as well, so adding the Harissa to a Baked Eggs dish was a no brainer. In fact, many Shashuka (Spicy Baked Eggs) recipes call for peppers and spicy additions, so adding the Harissa saves a few steps and really amps up the flavor. Bonus!

Harissa Baked Eggs with Goat Cheese | Bites of Bri

Start by dicing the onion and the bell pepper.

Harissa Baked Eggs with Goat Cheese | Bites of Bri

Harissa Baked Eggs with Goat Cheese | Bites of Bri

Add the olive oil to a frying pan or cast iron skillet. Add the onion and bell pepper. Stir and cook over medium heat for about 8 minutes until softened.

Harissa Baked Eggs with Goat Cheese | Bites of Bri

While the onion and pepper cooks, slice the garlic and measure out the spices.  After 8 minutes or so, add the garlic and spices to the vegetable mixture. Stir to combine and cook for one additional minute.

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Add the crushed tomatoes and the harissa. Stir to combine. Bring the tomato sauce to a slow simmer.

Harissa Baked Eggs with Goat Cheese | Bites of Bri

Using a spatula or spoon, make a hole for each egg to contain the whites. Add each egg one at a time. I like to crack the eggs into a bowl first to make sure there are no shells.

Harissa Baked Eggs with Goat Cheese | Bites of Bri

Cover the pan and cook for 6 minutes until the whites are set. Top with goat cheese, parsley, salt and pepper.  Serve alongside toast, crusty bread, or roasted potatoes.

Harissa Baked Eggs with Goat Cheese | Bites of Bri

Brunch just got turned up a few notches! yum!

Harissa Baked Eggs with Goat Cheese

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Serving Size: 2 large portions or 4 smaller ones

Harissa Baked Eggs with Goat Cheese (also known as Shakshuka) is a slightly spicy, quick, healthy, flavorful brunch recipe that is ready in under 20 minutes. Serve alongside crusty bread or potatoes to sop up the runny yolks.

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ large yellow onion, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 4 cloves of garlic, sliced thin
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 3 cups (24 oz) crushed tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp harissa
  • 4 eggs
  • 4 oz goat cheese
  • 1 tbsp parsley chopped

Instructions

  1. Start by dicing the onion and the bell pepper.
  2. Add the olive oil to a frying pan or cast iron skillet. Add the onion and bell pepper. Stir and cook over medium heat for about 8 minutes until softened.
  3. While the onion and pepper cooks, slice the garlic and measure out the spices.
  4. After 8 minutes or so, add the garlic and spices to the vegetable mixture. Stir to combine and cook for one additional minute.
  5. Add the crushed tomatoes and the harissa. Stir to combine. Bring the tomato sauce to a slow simmer.
  6. Using a spatula or spoon, make a hole for each egg to contain the whites. Add each egg one at a time. I like to crack the eggs into a bowl first to make sure there are no shells.
  7. Cover the pan and cook for 6 minutes until the whites are set.
  8. Top with goat cheese, parsley, salt and pepper. Serve alongside toast, crusty bread, or roasted potatoes.

Notes

This makes an amazing brunch dish, dinner dish, or anything in between!

Mina Harissa can be found on the condiment aisle. In my grocery store, it's near the International foods.

http://bitesofbri.com/2015/02/harissa-baked-eggs-goat-cheese/

If you’re anything like me, you’ll be looking for more recipes featuring Harissa.

Spicy Harissa, Spinach, and Feta Skillet Pizza is one of my favorite pizzas IN.THE.WORLD…

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Morocan Spiced Chicken Enchiladas with Harissa Red Sauce aren’t your average chicken enchiladas and you may never go back to those after having these!

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Harissa, Broccoli, Spinach, Wild Rice Casserole with Crispy Proscuitto…I mean…come on!

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**Mina was kind enough to send me samples for this post, but as always, thoughts and opinions are my own!

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Comments

  1. says

    Congratulations on the progress you have been making towards a healthier eating plan. These baked eggs look like the perfect accompaniment to Sunday brunch. I am pretty sure my hubby would be ecstatic to see them show up on the table. And paired with some crusty bread. . .oh my!

    • Bri says

      Natalie, I hadn’t had it until last year, but I’m totally hooked. I first tried it in the Blogging over Thyme pizza linked above. Loved it!

  2. says

    Omg! So so perfect!! I have only had baked eggs that are more traditional, like cheddar, green onions, bacon in them, etc. But I am totally in love with this Harissa version!! I might have to whip this up soon! We really love breakfast for dinner!

  3. says

    I adore Shakshuka and have a minor obsession with Mina Harissa, ha! I haven’t had breakfast yet so I’m thinking this is on the menu considering I have every last ingredient I need on hand!! xo

  4. says

    What a delightful combination of flavors! I am in love with goat cheese and baked eggs are always delicious. I’ll have to try this combo with the harissa!

    • Bri says

      OMG Drippy yolks are my fave. I wasn’t ever a fan until the last year or two. I think I’d been having them wrong all along. Now I can’t get enough!

  5. says

    You must feel great doing that Real Food Challenge! I’ve never gone too long doing something like that, but it always made me feel like I had a lot more energy. This dish sounds so spicy and flavorful, and I need to try that harissa! :)

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