Tastira (Tunisian Fried Peppers and Eggs)

"I learned this recipe from my mother-in-law in Tunisia. Serve it on four separate plates or on one large platter. Serve with sliced French bread."
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  • Mash the garlic, caraway seeds, and pinch of salt in a mortar and pestle or against the side of a mixing bowl.
  • Heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Stir in the chile peppers; cook and stir until the peppers have softened, about 5 minutes. Remove them from the skillet and set aside. Add another tablespoon of oil to the skillet and cook the bell peppers and tomatoes until the peppers are soft and the tomatoes have begun to break down, about 5 minutes. Add the tomato-bell pepper mixture to the hot peppers. Stir in the mashed garlic and caraway seeds. Spoon the vegetables onto plates or a serving platter.
  • Heat the remaining oil in the skillet. Fry the eggs until the whites are set and the yolks are the desired consistency, about 2 to 3 minutes for runny yolks, 4 to 5 minutes for fully set yolks. Place the fried eggs on the vegetable mixture and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • NOTE:

  • Tastira can be hot or mild, depending upon the type of chile peppers used.

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  1. Starrynews
    Wonderful dish! Loved all the colorful veggies with the egg. I also opted for some heat with the chili pepper, and we enjoyed the kick. Thanks for sharing! ZWT9
  2. Jubes
    Reviewed for ZWT9- This made the perfect brunch recipe today and was enjoyed by my family :) Made as written using ''banana' chillies for the peppers
  3. Linky
    Nicely done, Elizabeth! I used a jalapeno for the mild chili, too. Only had yellow pear tomatoes and used part green, part red pepper. Made for ZWT9 Soup-a-Stars
  4. Sharon123
    I used jalapeno for the mild chili pepper and threw in a chopped onion too. Made a great breakfast.Thanks! Made for ZWT 2013 by team Hot Stuff.
  5. Nif_H
    Delicious!! I couldn't decide what to have for dinner tonight and this looked like it would fit the bill. It did! I couldn't exactly mash up the caraway and garlic but I smushed it as much as possible and it tasted great. I used almost all red pepper because I don't love the taste of green peppers. I also poached my egg instead of frying it - just a personal preference. Made for my fellow Tasty Tester for ZWT9. Thanks ElizabethKnicely! :)


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