SERVES 6
Breakfast

Ingredients

Braised Eggs with Leeks and Za'atar
  • unsalted butter,2,tablespoons,,
  • olive oil,2,tablespoons,,canaan-jenin-olive-oil
  • extra-large leeks,2 (or 4 smaller),,trimmed and cut into 1/4-inch/1/2-centimeter slices (6 cups/530 grams)
  • salt,,,,mortons-kosher-salt
  • cumin seeds,1,teaspoon,toasted and lightly crushed,whole-cumin-seeds
  • preserved lemon,1/2,small,seeds discarded; skin and flesh finely chopped (2 1/2 tablespoons),al-mabrouka-preserved-lemons
  • vegetable stock,1 1/4,cups (300 milliliters),,
  • baby spinach leaves,7,ounces (200 grams),,
  • eggs,6,large,,
  • feta,3 1/4,ounces (90 grams),broken into 3/4-inch/2-centimeter pieces,
  • za’atar,1,tablespoon,,israeli-zaatar
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Braised Eggs with Leeks and Za'atar

This is a quick way to get a very comforting meal on the table in a wonderfully short amount of time. It’s a dish as happily eaten for brunch, with coffee, as it is for a light supper with some crusty white bread and a glass of wine. The leeks and spinach can be made up to 1 day ahead and kept in the fridge, ready for the eggs to be cracked in and braised. — from Ottolenghi Simple by Yotam Ottolenghi. Buy this book from Penguin Random House, Indiebound, or Amazon.

Reprinted with permission from Ottolenghi Simple by Yotam Ottolenghi, 2018. Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC. Photographs copyright © 2018 Jonathan Lovekin.

Written By Yotam Ottolenghi | Oct 27, 2018

Ingredients

Braised Eggs with Leeks and Za'atar
  • unsalted butter,2,tablespoons,,
  • olive oil,2,tablespoons,,canaan-jenin-olive-oil
  • extra-large leeks,2 (or 4 smaller),,trimmed and cut into 1/4-inch/1/2-centimeter slices (6 cups/530 grams)
  • salt,,,,mortons-kosher-salt
  • cumin seeds,1,teaspoon,toasted and lightly crushed,whole-cumin-seeds
  • preserved lemon,1/2,small,seeds discarded; skin and flesh finely chopped (2 1/2 tablespoons),al-mabrouka-preserved-lemons
  • vegetable stock,1 1/4,cups (300 milliliters),,
  • baby spinach leaves,7,ounces (200 grams),,
  • eggs,6,large,,
  • feta,3 1/4,ounces (90 grams),broken into 3/4-inch/2-centimeter pieces,
  • za’atar,1,tablespoon,,israeli-zaatar
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Step one

Put the butter and 1 tablespoon of the oil into a large sauté pan with a lid and place over medium-high heat. Once the butter starts to foam, add the leeks, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, and plenty of pepper. Fry for 3 minutes, stirring frequently, until the leeks are soft. Add the cumin, lemon, and vegetable stock and boil rapidly for 4–5 minutes, until most of the stock has evaporated. Fold in the spinach and cook for 1 minute, until wilted, then decrease the heat to medium.

Step two

Use a large spoon to make 6 indentations in the mixture and break 1 egg into each space. Sprinkle the eggs with a pinch of salt, dot the feta around the eggs, then cover the pan. Simmer for 4–5 minutes, until the egg whites are cooked but the yolks are still runny.

Step three

Mix the za’atar with the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil and brush over the eggs. Serve at once, straight from the pan.