What do you cook when you are loaded with boxes and busy unpacking? Well, this delicious scrambled egg and vegetables is packed with flavour, it is nutritious and gets ready in minutes. Menemen is one of my homeland’s favorite brunch item, and a great street food. There are many versions of it – garlic, onion, any choice of cheese, spinach would go well too. Served with nice crusty bread and a little garlic yoghurt by the side, this dish can make a wonderful light supper or a substantial lunch option.
This recipe goes to Mark, who very much enjoyed Menemen during our Fascinating Istanbul Tour in 2009 and asked for the recipe.
Preparation time : 5 – 10 minutes Cooking time : About 5 minutes
1 green bell pepper, finely sliced
3 spring (green) onions, finely sliced
4 medium tomatoes, finely diced
15 ml/1 tablespoon olive oil
15 ml/1 tablespoon butter
120 gr/4 oz feta cheese, crumbled
5-10 ml/ 1-2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
Salt and Pepper to taste
Heat the butter and the olive oil in a frying pan. Stir in the bell pepper and cook for a couple of minutes, at low to medium heat. Add the spring onions, tomatoes and red pepper flakes, mix well. Crack the eggs in a bowl and mix. Add the feta cheese, combine well. Stir in the egg mixture to the frying pan and give it a good stir. Scramble the eggs until they are just done, retaining their juice. Season with salt and ground black pepper to taste.
Serve warm with a little more red pepper flakes sprinkled if you would like. Serve with toasted or crusty bread.
Afiyet Olsun !