Menemen - Turkish breakfast of scrambled eggs

I have always loved making menemen for breakfast.  And even though I’m trying so hard not to have eggs everyday for my early morning meal, I still make menemen once in a while (at least once in a week) to satisfy my appetite for this delicious Turkish-style scrambled eggs.  If you’ll ask me why, its because in making a single serving of menemen, you just don’t consume one whole egg but at least 2-3 more.  Now I don’t want to have too much eggs in my diet, so I have to stick to my rule that I should only have menemen once or at most twice a week.  And most of the time,  I do prefer to have menemen on my breakfast table during a lazy weekend.  

In fact, I have written a menemen recipe before in one of my hubs (click here) but earlier today, I made another slight variation of menemen out of fewer ingredients. Now if you will probably wonder why, then I have to honestly tell you that it is because I don’t always find all those ingredients (I'm referring to my previous menemen recipe) available in the fridge all the time. So this morning when my appetite for menemen kicked in and I realized that aside from onions, I could only find tomatoes and green peppers in the kitchen to go along with the eggs, then that's when I decided to cook menemen out of what I have at that moment – and that means, making menemen with just a few ingredients. You will see it in the recipe I provided below.  And guess what, it tasted just as delicious as the one on my previous recipe.  So I thought I should also post this one here and share this much more simpler recipe with you.

  • 4 large tomatoes, peeled and chopped into small chunks
  • 4 green peppers, chopped
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil (you can also use any vegetable oil)
  • salt and pepper to taste

  1. Once all the tomatoes, peppers, and onions are chopped, you may now start heating the olive oil in a pan.
  2. Saute the chopped onions and green peppers.
  3. Once the onions become transparent, immediately add the chopped tomatoes and saute for just about 4-5 minutes. 
  4. Meanwhile, beat the eggs in a small bowl.  Add salt and pepper.
  5. Once the vegetables become tender and soft, pour on the eggs.  Stir constantly until the eggs begin to firm.  
  6. Add a little more salt or pepper to suit your taste.  
  7. Serve immediately with ekmek while menemen is sizzling hot. 
This recipe makes 2-3 servings.  Afiyet olsun!


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