There is no real breakfast without scrambled eggs for you? Then mix it up a bit without completely missing out on your favorite breakfast dish with this Turkish egg specialty! Menemen is a traditional food made from eggs, tomato, green peppers and spices. It is mainly eaten for breakfast but also as a main dish during the summer months. While some people only think the plain version is the real deal, many others like adding ingredients like Turkish feta cheese, sucuk or pastırma. Even more controversial are onions which are sometimes added but are less common in the breakfast version.
Menemen is a delicious and light meal for a perfect start into the day. The eggs are barely set, firmer around the edges and moist in the middle, and the mix of tomatoes and peppers give it a fresh and fruity note. Menemen is usually prepared in little metal pans in which it is also served, accompanied by white bread or Simit, the traditional Turkish sesame rings.
The traditional dish is named after the Turkish town of the same name on the Aegean coast, right north of Izmir. Menemen is a set item on the menu of any typical Turkish breakfast house. If you don’t have any of these around the corner and don’t plan on visiting Turkey soon, simply try it yourself with our simple and authentic recipe:
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Shakshouka from Israel