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Turkish Scrambled Eggs with Vegetables (Menemen)

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Turkish style scrambled eggs, is enjoyed both as breakfast or a wholesome meal. It is best in summer when sweet green chilis and juicy tomatoes are in abundance. Best part of menemen is whether you are a great cook or an aspiring one, you cannot go wrong with menemen; the ingredients secure the taste. Must-have traditional ingredients for menemen are eggs, tomato, peppers (preferably sweet green peppers), parsley, and the controversial "onion": People of Turkey are divided when it comes to having menemen with ot without onion. I am a lifelong member of the "no onion" camp. 

Here's how I make menemen for four:

6 eggs, well-beaten
4-5 juicy tomatoes, diced 
4 fresh peppers, finely chopped (if you cannot find sweet green chilies, you sweet Italian peppers or shishitos, banana peppers or any pepper you like)
1/2 bunch flat leaf parsley, finely chopped
1/3 cup feta/white cheese, diced fresh mozzarella, cottage cheese or any kind of cheese you want to try.  
1-2 tbsp oil or butter
2 tsp spicy pepper flakes
1 tsp black pepper

If you must: 1 small Onion, finely chopped 

Nothing is written in stone, so you can use more or less of anything above. 

-[If you would like to try menemen with onion, in a frying pan heat oil and add onion. Cook on medium until they're soft but not browned.] 
-Add fresh peppers and cook 2-3 minutes.
-Once they're cooked, add tomatoes and salt. Wait until tomatoes change color to a dark red and cook down a little. 
-Stir in beaten eggs. Stir constantly.
-Right before eggs are cooked, add your choice of cheese and chopped parsley.
-Serve with bread.

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