This is, for me, one of the main pieces of the ultimate Turkish weekend brunch (along with the delicious olives, white cheese (similar to feta), sliced cucumbers and tomatoes, home made jam, honey, Simit, Turkish bread rings with sesame coating- and many more). And I sure will visualize myself enjoying this feast by a café along the Bosphrous in Istanbul, an ultimate treat, whenever we’re back home.
Shaped like a horseshoe, sucuk is a cured sausage made with lamb or beef and flavored with garlic, cumin and red pepper flakes. In rural areas, people make their own sucuk with variety of spices and hang them outside to cure. Most Middle Eastern markets carry sucuk, if you can’t find them; you may like to try with chorizo sausage or any other dried cured sausages or pastrami of your choice. How about adding a chopped tomato into the mixture.? Simply saute the sliced sucuk with chopped tomatoes for a few minutes before cracking the eggs, juicy tomatoes go well with the spicy sausace and eggs.
Serves 2 generously
Preparation time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 5 minutes
115gr/4oz Turkish sucuk (or any dried sausage or pastrami of your choice, if preferred), sliced
1 tomato, coarsley chopped (optional)
2-4 medium free range eggs
30ml/2 tablespoon olive oil
5ml/1 teaspoon ground cumin
5ml/1 teaspoon red pepper (or paprika) flakes
Salt and ground black pepper to taste
Crusty bread to serve
Sliced tomatoes and cucumbers to serve by the side
Heat the oil in the frying pan. Stir in the sliced sucuk (or your choice of dried sausage or pastrami) and chopped tomatoes (if used) and sauté them for a minute or two until they start to brown. Scatter the sausages around the edges of the pan forming a circle. Crack the eggs in the middle and cook for a few minutes on medium heat. Season with salt and pepper and sprinkle ground cumin and red pepper flakes over the eggs. Cook until the egg whites are set and the egg yolks still runny.
Serve hot with crusty bread and sliced tomatoes and cucumber by the side.