MENEMEN (TURKISH SCRAMBLED EGGS WITH TOMATOES)
Are you ready to step up your breakfast routine? Consider this delicious traditional Turkish scrambled egg recipe, often referred to Menemen. This egg dish made in one pan is delicious, nutritious, easy to customize, and can be prepared in just 30 minutes from beginning to end.
WHAT IS MENEMEN?
Menemen is a classic Turkish breakfast recipe that is made by cooking eggs in a mixture of peppers, onions and tomatoes, with a slight note of spices. Menemen is named after Menemen, a Turkish town known as Menemen situated in Izmir.
WHAT TO SERVE WITH MENEMEN?
Menemen is typically served in the same skillet cooks in when it’s boiling hot. It is typically served with a crusty loaf of bread as a side dish, and is then coated with soft scrambled eggs, along with vegetables to give a delicious bite.
However If you’re looking to serve it like Turks serve, then I’d suggest a few essential items in the mix:
Cheese and olives:You can’t talk about Turkish breakfast without mentioning olives and cheese. In terms of cheese, you can use feta cheese, fresh mozzarella cheese, or even cheddar cheese. For olives, you can use Kalamata olives, olives with greens or a mix of both with drizzles of olive oil, and then a pinch on dried oregano.
Simit :A breakfast essential in Turkey simit is a sesame-crusted round bread, similar to the American bagel but more crispy on the outside and soft inside. It is delicious with menemen and may be eaten with olives and cheese.
Turkey Borek: Borek is created by laying the phyllo dough and filling it with a mixture typically made of cooked vegetables and cheese. The most well-known fillings is feta and spinach, that would go well with this hearty scrambled eggs dish.
INGREDIENT VARIATIONS & SUBSTITUTIONS:
The greatest thing about the Turkish soft scramble recipe is it can easily alter it by using whatever ingredients you have on the table. Here are some ideas:
Create it with no onionsThere remains a constant discussion amongst menemen enthusiasts about whether to make it without or with onions. The good thing is that it can be prepared using or without onions. You can simply leave out onions, sauteeing peppers and spices all by themselves.
PeppersThe Meneman recipe traditionally utilizes freshly cut green Turkish peppers, also known as sivribiber which can be difficult to locate. In my recipe, I used bell peppers however, feel free to use any other pepper that you have at your kitchen counter. Juiced and seeded jalapeno, Anaheim peppers, and even Hungarian wax peppers could all work.
tomatoesI utilized a tomato that I had canned for this recipe to make it simple and easy. But, during season of summer, when tomatoes have been in bloom, I would suggest making use of three or four medium-sized tomato slices instead.
CheeseCrumbled Feta cheese can be an extremely popular topping, but you can also put the mozzarella cheese shredded on top at the end of the cooking process and allow it to melt over the top prior to serving.
WHAT ELSE CAN I ADD?
You can make the recipe exactly as written or kick it up to a higher level by adding some additions.
Italian or Lamb SausageIf your family is a meat eater, you can cook 1/2 pounds of sausage at same time you are sauteeing onion and bell peppers.
SpicesSprinkle the mixture using Aleppo pepper Urfa Chili peppers, or Red Pepper Flakes, if you like a bit of spice.
2 tablespoons olive oil ($0.25)
1 onion yellow ($0.37)
One bell pepper (any color) ($0.98)
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano ($0.05)
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper (or Aleppo pepper) ($0.03)
1 15oz. bottle tomato dices ($0.79)
1 teaspoon salt ($0.05)
14 tsp freshly cracked black pepper ($0.02)
4 large eggs, gently beat ($0.78)
Parsley chopped 1/4 cups ($0.40)
1 cup of crumbled Feta (optional) ($1.64)
The olive oil is heated in an 8-inch skillet over medium-high temperature. Add the onions, peppers dried oregano, and chili flakes. Stir frequently, cooking until the vegetables are softened for about 7 to 8 minutes.
Incorporate tomato pieces (with the juices) along with salt and pepper. Sauté for about 2 minutes or until tomatoes are cooked to a point.
Pour the lightly beat eggs in the pan. cook, stirring constantly until the eggs are barely set, but still soft, around 2-4 minutes.
Sprinkle it immediately over with shredded parsley as well as crumbled cheese If you’re using it. Serve it with bread that is crusty to serve with the dish.