Suçuk 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, both a packed with flavour.
I'd long loved Sucuk from the delicious Turkish Pide - The countries version to pizza. But when in Turkey I was introduced to sucuk for breakfast - and I wasn't mad at this. After one (very) early morning hike to see the sunrise in stunning Cappadocia, we returned to our tiny hotel with where a huge pan of Suçuk yumurta awaited us.
Sucuk Yumurta (Sausage & Eggs, Turkish style)
The version ate was served in a giant pan, dotted with slices of the smoky, intense Suçuk and in the gaps were crisp fried eggs. Who doesn't love a crisp fried egg?! We took a semi-modest portion and... those eggs!! Crisp around the edges with the most perfect runny yolk to dip our bread into. This was a perfect start to the day. I could (and would) have eaten the entire pan had other people not walked into the room.
Where can I find Sucuk and what else can I cook with it?
Upon return I easily tracked down Suçuk from a local middle eastern deli. They're also widely available from Eastern European style delis. Sucuk often goes under all manner of names - so you may also use soujouk, sujuk, suxhuk, sujuq, sudzhuk or sudzuk.
How to make Sucuk Yumurta
Making Suçuk Yumurta at home is super-easy and it's a really great dish to serve for yourself direct from the pan in a single serve. It's this easy:
1. Fry the sausage slices until they brown on both sides - the fat will render out, and it's this we'll use to help fry the eggs.
2. Break in the eggs - let them sizzle until just crisping around the edges.
3. Pop a lid on it. Putting a lid on the pan helps the tops of the eggs cook without turning.
4. Sprinkle over herbs. I like to add a little fresh note in the form of herbs - dill, parsley and mint all work well.
Turkish Sucuk and Eggs is the simplest, most effective little breakfast and a great way to get your day off to a tasty start.
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.