This dish taught me the joys of garlic and eggs! I learned about Menemen in Turkey. It’s a breakfast dish, but I could eat it all the time! It’s really good to make when you’re camping because you can eat it right out of the pan with bread.
These are the “traditional” ingredients, but you can use whatever you can find in the grocery store, after all, it’s breakfast!
- 3 tbsp Safflower Oil (olive oil doesn’t really work, use a light colored oil)
- 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
- 2-3 Lombardo peppers chopped, or any chili pepper you like best (it’s best to use milder chilis)
- 4 Tomatoes, peeled and chopped (do not use canned tomatoes! I know peeling is a pain, but it just doesn’t taste as good with skin)
- 3 Eggs
It’s a good idea to do all the chopping before the cooking. If you aren’t good at peeling tomatoes, you can always X the bottom skin and drop them into some boiling water for a minute. The skins just fall right off after that.
1. Oil up a saute pan over medium-high heat for a few minutes. Use enough oil to coat the whole bottom of the pan, this doesn’t taste as good without enough oil, so if you’re going low-cal beware!
2. When the pan gets hot add the peppers. When the skin gets wrinkly and singed with brown add the tomatoes, garlic, and salt. Turn the heat down to a simmer and cover for about 4 minutes. The object is to get the tomatoes to make a kind of soup and soften the garlic.
3. When the garlic, peppers, and tomatoes look nice and soft, turn the heat back up to medium, break the eggs over the pan and scramble a little. Add salt. It’s wise to turn the heat off before the eggs are really done cooking, so they don’t over cook. The tomato juice will evaporate while it cooks the eggs. Don’t worry if it’s a bit watery, it’s supposed to be that way for dipping bread.
4. EAT AT ONCE! Normally you eat this with a loaf of french bread, but you can use any type of bread you like. When Camping I use pita bread heated over the stove.
What else can you eat with this?
To make this a “complete breakfast” get a loaf of your favorite crusty bread, make (what I call) breakfast salad, marinated olives, Kasar Cheese (a white cheese with a mild flavor, I think the closest thing here is Greek Halloumi), and butter & strawberry jam. Usually people drink Turkish tea with this, a dark black tea with sugar, but I prefer Peet’s Lattes 🙂