Menemen is a traditional Turkish dish which includes eggs, onion, tomato, green peppers, and spices such as ground black pepper, ground red pepper, salt and oregano. Turkish meat products such as sucuk (a spicy sausage) or pastırma (thinly sliced dried cured beef) may be added, although this strays from the traditional recipe. The eggs are scrambled. It is cooked with olive oil or sunflower oil. The dish is similar to shakshouka, but the eggs are always scrambled.
The addition of onions is mostly when menemen is not eaten at breakfast but as a main dish.
Onions are sauteed with the heated butter or oil, then the green peppers. Once the onions become soft and lighter in colour, the tomatoes and peppers are added. Tomatoes should become very soft and also change colour. Finally the eggs and spices are added, mixed with the other ingredients and cooked. The eggs should be fully cooked but not dry.
In restaurants, menemen is usually cooked to order and served in the single-serving metal pans they are cooked in.
- Turkish Cookery, M. Işın Günür (1990). ISBN 975-479-100-7.
- Türkmen, Arda, "Hürriyet Pazar", August 10, 2014, p.16.
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