Sucuklu Menemen: A Turkish Breakfast
Slow mornings are my favorite. The ones where you have the time to sip your coffee slowly, do some reading, and prepare a beautiful breakfast that can be enjoyed with family and friends.
On this particular morning my boyfriend made sucuklu menemen, a classic Turkish breakfast of scrambled eggs, Turkish sausage (sucuk), tomatoes, onions, peppers and spices. What makes this dish especially tasty is the amount of time spent cooking the vegetables, as well as the sucuk ('soo-JOOK').
Because many Turks don't eat pork, sucuk is usually made from ground beef. However, further east in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, it may also be made with horse meat. (I'll pass on that!)
Sucuk is typically known as a spicy sausage, but can also be made with no spice at all. It is flavored with salt, black and red pepper, garlic, cumin, sumac and other Turkish spices.
Vegetarian? Not to worry. You can skip the sucuk all together and stick with the eggs and vegetables. This is known simply as 'menemen' -- also so delicious! Recipe below.
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
8-10 slices of sujuk, skin removed
2 large eggs
1 cubanelle pepper, diced (we substituted red bell pepper; it was all we had)
1 small yellow onion, finely chopped
1 medium tomato, peeled and diced
2 tablespoons tomato sauce
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon paprika
Pinch of sea salt
- Heat olive oil and in a large pan over medium-low heat.
- Place the chopped onion and cubanelle peppers in the pan. Cook for about 5-7 minutes on medium heat.
- Add the sujuk slices. Cook on each side for about 2-3 minutes on low heat. Remove the sujuk from the pan and set aside in a bowl.
- Add the diced tomatoes (don't forget to peel), tomato sauce, paprika, salt and pepper. Cook together with the pepper and onions for another 7-8 minutes, stirring occasionally over medium-low heat.
- Meanwhile, mix the eggs in a bowl and put them into the pan with tomatoes, onions and peppers. Add the cooked sujuk. Stir periodically until the eggs are done, making sure not to overcook and dry out the eggs.
- Serve with fresh bread.