Monday, 4 April 2011

Baked Spinach and Eggs - Ispanklı Yumurta

I enjoy cooking for other people so I must enjoy cooking. But I also like quick and easy meals and this is one of them. I also love spinach and here it is very cheap usually 1lira for a kilo. That is enough to crush my spinach cravings for the week.

1 kilo of spinach
4 onions
8 eggs
2 tbsp tomato paste
salt and pepper

Wash the spinach very well as you dont want to end up with any sand or dirt. Cut finely and place in a large saucepan. At this stage I dont add oil, I usually put about a quater of a cup of water in and put the lid on and let it cook down. This takes about 10 minutes and during the cooking time you need to check it to make sure it hasnt stuck to the pan. After it is cooked drain all liquid and put the spinach in a smaller bowl. Now I finely chop the onions and fry them in a small amount of oil for a few mintues until done, if you want you can add garlic to it at this stage and cook. Take off the heat and add the spinach with the tomato paste and salt and pepper. Stir well. In a good size baking pan or large frying pan add the spinach. Spread it out so it evenly covers the pan. Now you get a spoon and make little holes where you will place the eggs. After doing that crack an egg into each well. You can sprinkle a bit of salt over the whole thing now if you like or do it at the table. Place the baking pan into a moderate oven until the eggs are cooked.

If you want to do this in a frying pan just spread the spinach mixture over the base of the pan and make wells in the spinach, cracking the eggs again into the wells. Place on a moderate heat on your stove and cover. When the eggs are ready take off heat and serve.

I serve this with ayran and lavash(my preferred bread) and then I drizzle pomegrante syrup over the top.

1 comment:

  1. We only discovered the joy of ispanakli yumurta a few weeks ago and now we're always eating it. It's an absolute favourite in our house! :)