Menemen with Sujuk

A Turkish breakfast or ‘kahvaltı’ is the most important meal of the day. People throughout the country prefer a lavish breakfast. A quintessential Turkish breakfast comprises of a tomato-cucumber Salad, a variety of cheese, green and black olives, eggs cooked in different ways, a selection of breads, Bal Kaymak (honey and clotted cream), jams, marmalade and so much more. Just going through this list is making me hungry. Even after my filling Menemen with Sujuk breakfast!

Menemen is a traditional Turkish breakfast dish in which eggs are cooked with sauted green peppers, red peppers and green onions in Olive oil and butter. Sometimes white cheese like feta and charcuterie like Sucuk (Sujuk) and Pastrima are also added.

Sujuk is a dry spicy Turkish sausage. It is salty, has a hard texture and high fat content. This Menemen with Sujuk recipe is so easy to make and can be cooked in under 15 minutes. Do try it once and I’m sure it will take a permenant space in your menu.

Ingredients:

  • Eggs 6
  • Butter 1 tbsp
  • Oil 1 tsp
  • Sujuk 100 grams; chopped to pieces
  • Feta or similar cheese 100 grams; crumbled
  • Green Capsicum 1; diced
  • Red Pepper 1; diced
  • Green Onions 3; chopped finely
  • Tomatoes 2; diced
  • Pul Biber or Crushed Red Peppers 1 tsp
  • Paprika Powder 1/2 tsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper 1/2 tsp
  • Oregano (optional)

Method:

Render Sujuk pieces in a pan. Once they are brown and crispy, transfer Sujuk pieces onto a plate and retain the fat released by Sujuk. In the same pan add oil and butter to the rendered fat. Mix in red and green peppers and saute for 3 minutes. Then add chopped green onions and continue to saute for a few more minutes. Add tomatoes, pul biber and paprika and cook till the tomatoes are mushy. Once the tomatoes are cooked return Sujuk pieces to the pan.

In a separate bowl whisk eggs with salt and pepper. Mix crumbled Feta into the whisked eggs. Pour egg mixture into the pan and scramble until eggs are fully cooked. Sprinkle with Oregano and serve hot with bread of your choice.

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