Recipes

Menemen Turkish Scramble

Serves 4

| Prep Time: 5 mins

| Cook Time: 15 mins

| Total Time: 20 mins

You may need: Dried Garlic Powder

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Simple, savory, and scrumptious, this classic Menemen Turkish scramble is a recipe we know you will be glad you added to your cooking repertoire. Sharing a name with a district of the coastal city of Izmir, Menemen represents all that we love about Mediterranean food: fresh, simple, healthy and packed with flavor. Traditionally served in metal pans at your table, you'll see the Menemen Turkish scramble bubbling and sizzling around the rim, while remaining tender and slightly runny in the middle, perfect for sopping up with bread.

This month, we're delighted to bring you Urfa Biber, a variety of dried chili commonly used in Turkey and now, by in-the-know top chefs around the world. With a deep burgundy color and an equally deep, complex flavor profile, Urfa Biber will elevate a simple breakfast scramble (or just about any dish) to an authentic Turkish masterpiece. These chilis are harvested and dried in the sun by day and covered to "sweat" at night, preserving their natural essential oils. Urfa Biber chilis convey subtle notes of chocolate, raisins, wine, salt, and tobacco along with a mild heat. Try this spice in a range of dishes from savory to sweet. Try them in your next batch of brownies!

Ingredients

  • 5 eggs

  • 1 sweet onion, diced

  • 1 small red bell pepper, sliced into strips

  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped

  • 3 large ripe Roma tomatoes, coarsely chopped

  • 2 cups baby spinach, loosely packed

  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

  • 1.5 tbsp butter

  • 2 tsp Piquant Post Urfa Biber spice

  • 1 tsp salt (optional)

  • serve with fresh crusty bread

Notes

Don’t overcook the eggs. This dish is meant to be slightly runny, and bread is used to sop up the delicious liquid.

If its not the height of summer and fresh tomatoes are not in peak season, substitute in (low-salt) diced canned tomatoes. Drain most of the liquid before adding.

Optional ingredients add a little character and flavor but don’t sweat it if you don’t have them.

Instructions

In a non-stick pan, add the olive oil and butter and melt together on Med-High heat. Add the onions and peppers to the pan. Cook for about 5 min stirring as needed until they are soft and slightly browned.

Stir in garlic, tomatoes, salt and Piquant Post Urfa Biber spice. Cook for 5-8 minutes or until the tomatoes have broken down.

Reduce heat to Med and stir in spinach, continuously mixing until wilted. Then, crack the eggs directly into the pan. Using a heat resistant rubber spatula, break the yolks over the vegetables and gently scramble the eggs into the mixture. Continue to gently turn the eggs mixture until it just starts to firm, being careful to not overcook the eggs. Mixture should still have moisture.

Turn off the heat and serve immediately with warmed crusty bread and strong coffee.

Alternatives & Substitutions

  • Cook this ‘breakfast’ dish for dinner too! The addition of spinach and other vegetables makes this an easy, balanced meal for any time of the day or night.

  • Instead of spinach add in broccoli or cauliflower florets during step 1.

  • Heighten the flavors of the Eastern Mediterranean by topping with Chopped Olives and Feta Cheese, or if available an authentic white cheese from Turkey called Beyza Peynir.

  • Try making our Urfa Biber Honey Glazed Lamb Chops recipe.

  • Or, elevate your next batch of brownies to master chef level!

  • Try Urfa Biber in a Turkish-style roasted eggplant dish.

  • Make a batch of Turkish chicken wings.

  • Are you a huge fan of egg salad sandwiches? Amp up your egg salad with Urfa Biber, of course!

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