28 June 2009

Here's the Real Thing: Menemen (tomatoes, peppers and eggs)

Print Friendly and PDF MenemenAnother meal that you must, and I repeat you must try is Menemen. It's very easy to cook and delicious when you dunk you hot bread, and take those yummy bites. Yes, you heard it, the way to eat this dish is to dunk. Of course you may not want to give up your manners and stick to using your fork and knife, but I assure you, you would miss all the yummy side to yummy menemen.
Most folk cook this meal like scrambled eggs, but I prefer it this way with the eggs left whole. Besides being a good breakfast serving, I also recommend it for a light lunch or dinner. Whatever way you like, just try it out!
This recipe is for 5 servings, but be careful 2 people could easily wipe the plate clean!

  • 5 middle size tomatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 3 green peppers, chopped
  • 5 fresh eggs
  • 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 1 middle size onion, chopped (you could also go without the onion.)
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped (you could also go without red pepper.)
  • butter or olive oil, the amount is up to you.

  1. Put the olive oil or butter into a pan, put it on low heat. If you wish add the onions, and then add the red and green peppers.
  2. Peel the tomatoes and dice them up to 2cm and add to the pan.
  3. Add the chopped garlic, and cook for 10 minutes. You should stir now and then.
  4. When the tomatoes boil down, with the help of a wooden spoon make holes for the eggs and break the eggs into these holes. Don't scramble the eggs.
  5. On low heat let the menemen cook until the egg whites are cooked.
  6. You can keep cooking if you prefer your egg yolks soft or hard.
Afiyet olsun!

  • To peel the tomatoes you can boil some water and put the water in a bowl. Add the tomatoes wait for 5 minutes. You can then peel them like you peel boiled potatoes.
  • Try it out with and without onions.
  • You can add hot peppers, black pepper, dry mint, and parsley. It's up to you.
menemenOn these hot summer days cooking can become a nightmare, but you'll it's worth the effort once you taste menemen!


Ann said...

This looks sooo yum

Ayhan Demiral said...

Yes. menemen is very famous meal in Turkish brekfast. please try this. ımhhh.)

s. stockwell said...

This does look delicious and we have a simular dish from Mexico that we do here in California. Good post my friend...best, s