This recipe was inspired by the popular Middle Eastern dish shakshuka — an aromatic tomato and pepper sauce that's topped with eggs for a satisfying meal any time of the day. Here, a similar sauce is simmered with sweet honey until jammy and then chilled for a different kind of spread on your morning toast. Each serving is topped off with a fried egg and sliced avocado for a quick and filling breakfast that aligns with the Mediterranean diet.
Heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil in a medium pot over medium-high heat. Add the cumin, bell pepper, onion, red pepper flakes, 1 teaspoon salt and a few grinds of black pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are softened and starting to caramelize in spots, 6 to 7 minutes. Stir in the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.
Add the tomatoes and their juices and use a potato masher to crush the whole tomatoes until no large chunks are remaining. Stir in the honey, 1/2 teaspoon salt and a few grinds of black pepper and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until the mixture has reduced by about half and resembles a thick jam, with little moisture left, about 1 hour 30 minutes.
Transfer the mixture to a bowl or food storage container and let cool to room temperature for 30 minutes. Cover the jam and refrigerate until chilled, 1 hour and up to overnight.
Just before serving, heat the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Crack the eggs into the skillet and fry until the whites are set but the yolks are still runny, 5 to 6 minutes.
For each serving, spread about 2 tablespoons of the tomato jam on top of a piece of toast. Top the toast with a fried egg and a few avocado slices. Drizzle with hot sauce if using. Refrigerate any leftover jam in an airtight container for up to 1 week.
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