Turkish Sucuk with Eggs is the perfect start to any day! Sucuk is the Turkish version of a beef sausage found all across the Middle East, Balkans and Central Asia. It's a spiced beef sausage flavoured with cumin, salt paprika and pepper flakes. In Turkey, there are two types - mild or hot.
I first became aware of Sucuk travelling in Turkey. I fell in love with their style breakfast of simple cured meats, fresh yoghurt and farmers cheese and preserved and fresh fruit. It was such a healthy way to start the day. On one trip we visited the beautiful region of Cappadocia with its breathtaking landscapes and amazing historical sites and we discovered a different kind of breakfast.
Sunrise special - sunny side up
One very early morning, we set off in the dark to see the sun rise over the mountains near the town of Göreme. We were there in December so it was bitterly cold and all but abandoned by tourists - on our way to the lookout, a friendly dog joined us and guided us to a spot where we watched the amazing landscape come to life. He then guided us back to town - all for a treat of course which he received. He wasn't the only one who got a tasty treat that morning.
When we returned to our pension hotel, there was a different kind of breakfast on offer. A giant (and I mean giant) pan of sucuk with fried eggs sat in the centre of the table as we all helped ourselves to the tasty feast. Sweet, spicy (not hot), salty and lightly smoky sausage - surrounded by crispy edged fried eggs with the perfect runny yolk to dip our bread into. I am a fan of eggs any time of the day, but that morning they were otherworldly - the perfect fuel for the day ahead.
How to make my Turkish Suçuk with Eggs
- 8 Slices Sucuk sausage
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 2 eggs
- Freshly ground black pepper
- Fresh herbs for garnish
- Add the sliced sausages to a cold small frying pan along with the oil. Turn on the heat to medium/high and let the sausages come up to temperature. Let them sizzle for 1 minute each side before breaking two eggs over them. Let these eggs fry for 3-4 minutes (pop on a lid to the pan and the tops of the eggs will cook more quickly.)
- Remove from the heat, grind over the pepper and sprinkle with a few herbs if you're using and serve directly from the pan. Serve with pita breads or flatbreads.
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