Chard Shakshouka

Time 50 minutes
Yields Serves 6
Chard shakshouka
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Shakshouka, a dish of eggs poached in an assertively spiced stew of tomatoes, onions and vegetables, is perfectly suited for breakfast or dinner. This take on the rustic recipe includes Swiss chard, which lends just enough bright bitter notes to offset the richness of the stew.

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Heat the oven to 375 degrees.


In a medium saucepan, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium heat. Sweat the onion, minced garlic, red pepper flakes and paprika for 3 minutes. Stir in the peppers, thyme and rosemary sprigs and continue to cook for 5 minutes to marry the flavors. Add the tomatoes, sugar, 1/4 teaspoon salt and several grinds of pepper, and simmer until the peppers are soft and the sauce has thickened, about 30 minutes (try to leave the tomatoes intact).


When the tomato mixture is almost ready, cook the chard: In a large cast-iron skillet heated over medium-high heat, melt the butter along with the remaining 3 tablespoons oil. Add the smashed garlic, Swiss chard, a generous 1/4 teaspoon salt and several grinds of pepper and saute until the chard is wilted, about 4 minutes. Remove and discard the rosemary and thyme sprigs from the tomato mixture, then spoon it over the cooked chard. Make 6 little indentations and break the eggs into them. Sprinkle over half of the thyme, parsley and tarragon leaves, as well as half of the oregano.


Place the skillet in the oven and bake until the yolks are just set, about 8 minutes. Sprinkle over the remaining herbs and serve immediately.

Adapted from a recipe in “V Is for Vegetables” by Michael Anthony.