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Turkish Menemen


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Menemen is a traditional Turkish breakfast dish consisting of scrambled eggs and "tomato sauce" with veggies. I live in Turkey and LOVE having this with a side of olives and a cup of coffee in the morning. It's quick, easy, delicious- and Turkish! What more could you ask for?

3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon hot paprika (see note above)
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano (optional)
1 small onion, finely diced (about 3/4 cup)
3/4 cup finely diced shishito, padrón, or Chinese green long pepper
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup chopped fresh ripe peeled tomatoes or drained canned tomatoes
4 eggs, lightly beaten
Minced fresh chives, for garnish (optional; see note above)
In a medium non-stick or cast iron skillet, heat olive oil over low heat until barely warm. Add paprika, oregano, onion, and peppers. Season with salt and a very generous amount of black pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, until very soft, about 8 minutes. Add tomatoes and continue to cook, stirring frequently, until deepened in color. Remove half of mixture and reserve.
Return pan to heat and add eggs. Season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, until just barely set. Immediately remove from heat and gently fold in reserved vegetable mixture. Sprinkle with chives, if using, and serve immediately.


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