Green Shakshuka from Haya Molcho – feel-good dish with wild garlic

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Green Shakshuka from Haya Molcho – feel-good dish with wild garlic

Green Shakshuka according to chef Haya Molcho’s recipe.

© Nuriel Molcho

The one-pot dish Shakshuka is the quintessential Israeli national dish. Cook and restaurateur Haya Molcho gives the eggs a new green twist. And sends you picking wild garlic for extra energy!

Autodidact restaurateur Haya Molcho and her sons created an empire within just a few years. She has long been on everyone’s lips with her Israeli dishes. There are now twelve NENI restaurants in Europe, as well as a number of cookbooks and delicacies that are available in supermarkets. Molcho is a true power woman. If the day has been particularly strenuous, then there is only one thing for her: Shakshuka. It’s one of her favorite comfort foods. Here she reveals her recipe for that little extra power.

Green shakshuka

Chef Haya Molcho reinterprets the Israeli national dish and gives it a special twist. In this recipe, the tomatoes are replaced by concentrated green power in the form of spinach, leeks and peas! The cook’s special tip – wild garlic: “It grows everywhere now. Just pick it and add it.”

The shopping list for 4-6 portions

100 g leek
30g butter
250 g leaf spinach
25g parsley
25 ml cream
1 small fennel bulb
2 spring onions
1 tablespoon olive oil plus oil for drizzling
50 g kashkawal or alternatively butter cheese
20 g Parmesan (plus Parmesan for garnish)
6 eggs
Sourdough bread for serving

Preparation of the Israeli national dish

Halve the leek lengthwise and clean. Then cut into strips one centimeter wide. Melt the butter in a saucepan, add the leek and cook at a low temperature for about 15 minutes until it is soft. Remove from heat and let cool.

Clean spinach and remove thick stems. Set aside about 50 g of the leaves. Blanch the remaining spinach with parsley (including the stems) in boiling salted water for ten seconds, strain and rinse immediately with ice-cold water. Then express carefully.

The special twist

Puree the leek, spinach-parsley mixture, cream and 75 ml water with a hand blender or in a stand mixer until creamy. Season with salt.

Halve the fennel, remove the stalk and cut the bulb into thin slices. Clean the spring onions and cut them in half crosswise. Heat the olive oil in a large pan over medium heat, then lightly fry the spring onions and fennel for three minutes. Salt and set aside on a plate.

In the same pan, add the spinach that has been set aside and add one to two tablespoons of water. Salt and first distribute the spinach mixture, then the fennel and spring onions evenly on top. Grate the Kashkawal cheese and Parmesan coarsely and sprinkle over the vegetables.

Make six wells with a spoon and break an egg into each well. Add salt, especially the yolks, and cook, covered, for four to five minutes, until the whites are set but the yolks are still runny (like a poached egg).

Grate more Parmesan over the eggs. Drizzle with olive oil and serve with fresh bread.

The recipe for Green Shakshuka is from Haya Molcho’s cookbook “Tel Aviv. Food–People–Stories”, published by Brandstätter Verlag.


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