This dish can be made in advance, but is best to add the fresh herbs right before serving it! If you use pargiot for this recipe it will be juicier and easier to reheat!
Matbucha is a cooked dish of roasted tomatoes, peppers, garlic and chili peppers. The name of the dish originates from Arabic and means “cooked salad”. It is beyond delicious and I love making extra to put in my sunny side up eggs, in sandwiches, as the base to my shakshuka, on top of chicken, salmon etc.
I know that grilling onions seems like an extra step, but I promise it’s worth it and is so quick! I like to make double the amount and have for future salads, eggs, sandwiches or pastas.
You can really play around with this recipe! You can add fresh pomegranates, mint and cilantro once it is cooked. You can use other tea bags of flavors you love (ones with cinnamon are a usual win), you can add saffron or turmeric powder to create a golden look. You can add orange zest, or lemon zest.
This is my version of the popular dish. I love fresh oregano but if you don’t have it basil, rosemary, thyme or mint will do the trick!