Do you go through phases with your cooking? Are there dishes you make all the time until you move on to the next shiny (I mean delicious) new thing?
I’m totally guilty too.
While I like (and it’s my job!) to keep coming up with new ideas, sometimes there’s a downside to always exploring new flavour sensations.
Sometimes I forget about things I really love to eat.
Which has pretty much been the story of me and dukkah for the past 4 years.
Luckily, this story has a happy ending in that we were reunited a few months ago. And now I can’t get enough!
What is Dukkah?
Dukkah is originally an Egyptian blend of spices, seeds and nuts that is served with olive oil and bread for dipping.
But it’s so much more than just a dip! Dukkah adds lovely crunch and a flavour explosion where ever you use it. And it keeps in the pantry for months!
10 Tasty Things to do with Dukkah
1. With Eggs
My most frequent use for dukkah is to sprinkle on my poached eggs (see below for my current obsession). But it’s also awesome on scrambled or fried. The spices and crunchiness makes a heavenly contrast to rich creamy yolks.
2. With Soft Cheese
Dukkah is amazing with all soft cheese especially a creamy fresh goats cheese, labneh or ricotta. It’s also good with feta but you need to watch you don’t get too much salt from the dukkah and feta combo.
If you’re feeling fancy, you can roll cubes or scoops of the cheese in a dukkah crust.
3. With Yoghurt
When I snack, I love to reach for some home made natural yoghurt. If there’s dukkah in the house I love to sprinkle some on top to take it to the next level.
4. On Salads
Just sprinkle on before serving so you get maximum crunch. The sesame seeds and hazelnuts in the dukkah are a quick way to make your salad more substantial and filling.
5. On Soups
Especially good to add flavour and texture to creamy vegetable soups like my:
6. On Vegetables
Where do I begin! So many ideas! Here are some fave vegetable recipes that would benefit from some Dukkah treatment:
- Super Tender Broccoli
- Spiced Eggplant with Yoghurt & Quinoa
- Addictive Roast Brussels Sprouts
- Roast Cauliflower with Labneh (recipe on my NEW website!)
- Roast Beets
- Addictive Lemony Kale
- Hugh’s Sweet Potato Gratin
- Easy 1-Dish Ratatouille
7. As a Crust for Poultry, Meat or Fish
This isn’t something I do often because I worry about burning the nuts. But if you’re up for a technical challenge, you’ll be rewarded with succulent meat / fish and a flavour-packed crunchy crust.
8. On Cooked Poultry, Meat or Fish
Dukkah works with most protein. I especially like to sprinkle it on post-cooking. Will liven up good old halloumi or tofu too!
9. On Avocado
If you’re looking for a way to jazz up your avo on toast, you definitely need to make some dukkah! Avocado and dukkah are friends wherever they find themselves though, so don’t feel like you need to be a toast eater to enjoy the experience. If you’d like to try a Low Carb Avo & Dukkah on Toast I highly recommend my Broccoli Bread.
10. With Fruit
This one takes a little more finesse to get right, so only use a little bit (you can always add more!). I like the earthy cumin and citrussy coriander to enhance the flavours of more subtle fruit like cooked apples, quince or pears. But can imagine it working with strawberries or blueberries as well.
As you can see, I pretty much use my dukkah everywhere. Well, at least anywhere I’d normally add black pepper.
Which reminds me, I need to make more dukkah!
Buttery Mushrooms with Poached Eggs & Dukkah
This breakfast / lunch / dinner is all about some of my favourite things. Poached eggs! Buttery, garlicky mushrooms! Crunchy nutty, dukkah! And some leaves for greeness. It’s soo soo good.
If you don’t have the time or inclination to make the dukkah, see the ‘no dukkah’ variations below. I’ve just used large button mushrooms in the photo but pretty much any mushroom will work cooked this way.
enough for: 2
takes: 30 minutes
4 tablespoons butter
500g (1lb) mushrooms, sliced if large
2 cloves garlic, sliced
4 poached eggs
6-8 tablespoons dukkah (recipe below)
salad leaves to serve
1. Heat a large frying pan on a medium high heat. Add butter and allow to melt and coat the bottom of the pan before adding the mushies and garlic. Cook, stirring every few minutes until the mushrooms are well browned and tender. If the butter starts to burn, turn the heat down.
2. Taste and season mushrooms with salt, remembering the dukkah is going to add some salt too.
3. Divide mushies between two plates. Top with poached eggs. Sprinkle dukkah over and pop the salad leaves on the side.
no dukkah – you really need to sort that out! But in the mean time, the eggs and mushies are amazing with a dollop of home made mayonnaise or just sprinkle over some roasted nuts or seeds to give you that extra flavour and crunch.
carb lovers – pile everything on hot buttered sourdough toast. Or serve with warm flat bread.
different veg – pretty much any roast or pan fried veg will work with the egg and dukkah treatment. I especially love roast broccoli, cauliflower or brussels sprouts.
egg-free – replace poached eggs with some soft cheese. And add a handful roast hazelnuts or almonds for extra substance.
Dukkah is originally an Egyptian blend of spices and nuts that is served with olive oil and bread for dipping. It’s an excellent starter because it can be easily made well in advance. But as you can see from my list above, there are so many more ways to use this flavour and texture explosion! Trust me, you won’t have any problems using it up. The dukkah will keep for a few months in an airtight container in the pantry.
makes: about 2 cups
takes: 15 minutes
300g (10oz) roasted & peeled hazelnuts
100g (3oz) sesame seeds
60g (2oz) ground coriander
60g (2oz) ground cumin
1 teaspoon sea salt flakes
1. In a food processor, blend nuts until you have a chunky meal. Or coarsely chop by hand.
2. Stir in sesame seeds, coriander, cumin & salt. Taste and season with extra salt if needed.
to roast the hazelnuts – I usually cheat and buy pre-roasted and peeled because peeling hazelnuts is a pain! Sometimes I pop them in the oven for 5 minutes (200C / 400F) to freshen up before making my dukkah. To roast from scratch pop on a baking tray and roast for 10 minutes or until golden brown and tasty. It’s usually somewhere around the 12 minute mark but may take 15 minutes, depending on your oven. Make sure you set your timer because there’s nothing worse than wasting burnt nuts.
nut free dukkah – replace hazelnuts with a mix of seeds such as sunflower, lindeeds (flax) and pepitas.
different nuts – replace the hazelnuts with roasted almonds, macadamias or cashews or a mixture of your fave nuts.
budget – replace some or all of the hazelnuts with fine bread crumbs.
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