Israel: Christmas Breakfast

Well here it is, Christmas Day, our last post of the year.  When we started this challenge I had no idea where we were going or how we were going to get there.  After starting with a not so great Irish breakfast, we had a hell of a trip to get to our 84th country’s cuisine: Israel.

For Israel we had a staple breakfast/brunch dish called Skakshouka.  It is a very popular dish across the Middle East as well as North Africa.  A dish that was thought to be created in the Ottoman Empire and has survived until this day.

The dish was very easy to make and tasted great when done.  Bridget cooked most of it while I prepped. We halved the original recipe but had plenty for us to enjoy.  I prepped the onions, tomatoes, green pepper, jalapeno, and garlic.  All were sauteed together for about 20 minutes.

After that we put a half bunch of swiss chard and 5 eggs cracked on top.

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In that light it may not look as appealing.  But we covered it and let it cook for about 10 more minutes.  This gave us heaven in a pan.

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We toasted a few pieces of toast to go with it.  The bread was the key as it soaked up the sauce and flavors that sauteed before the eggs were placed in.

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As you can see I found a beer from this country.  This beer, called Malka, is a blonde ale that is brewed in Israel.  It definitely went well with the dish and even improved one of the top breakfasts we’ve had with the flavor of a Belgian Wit.

This by far was one of the best breakfasts that we enjoyed throughout this challenge.  It may have started with a disappointing Irish breakfast but we ended with a delicious Shakshouka to close out 2015.

-Matt

 

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