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Maine Woods Shakshuka

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Maine Woods Shakshuka

Maine is not just a state; it’s a sensory experience. From its rugged coastlines to its verdant forests, every inch of this place tells a story. Its mornings, draped in the hues of the rising sun, are pure and golden. When you take a deep breath, you can almost taste the wilderness in the air. The Maine Woods Shakshuka is a culinary tribute to this untouched beauty, capturing the spirit of Maine’s heartland in every bite.

The recipe begins with canola oil, reminiscent of those golden Maine mornings when the sun’s first rays brush the tree canopies. The way the golden light filters through the dense foliage, illuminating patches of the forest floor, is captured in the shimmering hues of the warming oil.

Then there’s the onion, finely diced like the many hidden gems of the Maine forest. Think of every nook and cranny in the woods, every concealed brook, every concealed glen, and that’s what the onion brings to the dish. The whispers of the Maine woods are echoed in the zest of the fresh ginger paste, bringing a touch of the wild herbs that grow untamed in the heartland.

Fresno pepper provides that wilderness kick, much like the unexpected adventures one encounters when trekking through Maine’s forest trails. It’s not overpowering but offers just the right hint of excitement. The garlic’s warmth is reminiscent of a cabin hearth, where after a long day of exploring, one can sit by the fire, wrapped in a blanket, basking in the comfort and coziness.

Every sunset in Maine is a spectacle, and the tomato paste in this shakshuka, as rich as Maine sunsets, paints a vivid picture of those mesmerizing moments. Ground cumin, curry powder, and turmeric then infuse the skillet, representing the very essence, mystery, and golden colors of the woods. These spices not only elevate the dish but also pay homage to the deep, diverse, and enchanting forests of Maine.

The diced tomatoes are like memories plucked straight from the homestead garden, adding depth and texture. They are reminiscent of the little farmhouses that dot the state, each with its own story, each with its own legacy.

The beating heart of this dish, however, is the eggs. They’re not just nature’s bounty; they embody the spirit of Maine. Beaten and blended into the rich sauce, they bring everything together, just like how Maine’s natural wonders seamlessly meld into one stunning panorama.

The dish is crowned with sliced green onions and chopped cilantro, much like the green canopy that shades the vast stretches of Maine’s wilderness. They’re a nod to the lush, green landscapes that cover the state, from its meadows to its mountaintops.

As you dip a slice of rustic bread into this dish, you’re not just savoring a meal; you’re embarking on a journey. A journey that takes you through the heart of Maine, letting you experience its wilderness, its comfort, and its beauty, all in one bite.

Maine Woods Shakshuka

Print Recipe


  • 2 tablespoons canola oil reminiscent of golden mornings
  • 1 medium yellow onion finely diced, like hidden gems in the Maine forest
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger paste echoing the zest of wild herbs
  • 1 fresno pepper seeds and stem removed, finely minced, for that wilderness kick
  • 2 cloves of garlic finely minced, adding the warmth of a cabin hearth
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste as rich as Maine sunsets
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin the essence of the forest
  • 1/4 teaspoon curry powder infusing the mystery of the woods
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric golden like the changing leaves
  • salt and black pepper as grounding as the earth beneath your feet
  • 10 ounces canned diced tomatoes drained, fresh from the homestead garden
  • 8 large eggs nature’s bounty, beaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper the spark of the Maine wilderness
  • sliced green onions and chopped cilantro like the green canopy overhead, for garnish
  • toast or rustic bread to embrace the flavors


  • Capture the essence of dawn by warming the canola oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Introduce the onion, ginger paste, and fresno pepper, letting them share stories and fragrances for about 6-8 minutes.
  • Welcome the garlic to this wilderness gathering, and let it unfurl its essence for another 2 minutes.
  • Infuse the heart of the woods by stirring in the tomato paste, cumin, curry powder, turmeric, and seasonings. Marvel as the skillet becomes a canvas of vibrant colors and tantalizing aromas.
  • Channel the spirit of the Maine rivers with the diced tomatoes, and after a moment, let the eggs flow into the mix. Sprinkle with the wild kick of red pepper flakes, and stir gently, letting the textures and flavors come together.
  • As the sun peaks over the horizon, adorn your Maine Woods Shakshuka with green onions and cilantro, reminding you of the lush landscapes.

Maine is a treasure trove of natural wonders, and the Maine Woods Shakshuka is its culinary counterpart. With every spoonful, let yourself be transported to the heart of the woods, where nature reigns supreme and every moment is a dance of flavors and memories.

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