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    Recipe for shakshuka

    Suzanne Kreiter/Globe Staff

    Serves 6

    A North African and Middle Eastern specialty, shakshuka is a one-pot dish of eggs poached in a rich tomato-bell pepper sauce. It can be served for breakfast or dinner. To turn this into the spicy spread matbucha, (which has no eggs), add a chili pepper or two and cook the sauce 1 hour more. Serve both dishes with fresh pita.

    ¼cup olive oil
    4cloves garlic, finely chopped
    2red bell peppers, cored, seeded, and finely chopped
    2green bell peppers, cored,
    seeded, and finely chopped
    1tablespoon tomato paste
    1tablespoon paprika
    1teaspoon ground cumin
    1teaspoon sugar
    1can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes
    1dried chili pepper or 1 teaspoon of crushed red pepper
    Salt and black pepper, to taste
    6eggs

    1. In a large skillet over medium heat, heat the oil. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add the red and green bell peppers, tomato paste, paprika, cumin, and sugar. Cook, stirring often, for 5 minutes.

    2. Add the tomatoes and chili pepper or crushed pepper. Bring to a boil, lower the heat, and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 1 hour, or until the sauce thickens.

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    3. With the back of a large spoon, make 6 depressions in the sauce.

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    4. Using 3 small bowls, crack an egg into each one. Tip the eggs into the hollows in the sauce. Repeat with the remaining bowls and eggs. Sprinkle them with salt and black pepper. Cover with a lid and cook for 5 to 7 minutes or until the eggs are opaque.

    5. With a large spoon, lift an egg and sauce and transfer to 6 shallow bowls. Adapted from Liora Kushner