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Spanish Style Plantain Omelette & Call for Cookbook Testers!

I love to eat. But damn I need a break!

I know I’ve been away from both writing and vising your blog, but I’m so glad to finally be back in HOTlanta and into the regular order of biz! After 3 weeks of a great vacation in Mexico, mixed in with R & R with my closest friends and a week-long cookbook photo shoot in DC, I’m back on the the super grind. I suppose I’m a little tired tho. Even to cook. And after all the food I tested and ate at home, I’m on a cleansing mission for the next 7 days or so.

And because this month I have a crazy amount of private, in-home dinner gigs (like a cooking lesson for a bachelorette party of 10!) and Hispanic Heritage Month activities, I’ve decided to take it easy in my own kitchen. Especially since I bought some new pumps to sport to at least 3 of the private dinners! I need to my feet to very relaxed beforehand!

This means I’m going into my archives from last month and sharing something I love. It’s beautiful, yet unexpected. A bit labor intensive but worth every hand whisk turned. It’s one of those dishes you’ll love to have just because you can boast about making something different.

I hadn’t made or eaten this fluffy plantain omelette in a long time, too long if you ask me, but I was inspired by some ripened platanos Donald over at Mr. Orph’s Kitchen had last time I was there. I haven’t blogged about my 2nd visit with Don (and there’s been a delicious 3rd), but I ended up spending the night and staying for breakfast. He was in charge of the swine and potatoes I didn’t eat, and I was responsible for the omelette! And I made a chunky heirloom tomato sauce to top the omelette for the Americanos. I like it all by itself.

It may sound a bit weird to some of you, but I promise you’ve never had anything like this! If you love sweet plantain, you’ll make this for breakfast this weekend! The sweetness of the plantain coupled with the airiness of the eggs is a combination to drop your yaw over! It’s like having chocolate and pretzels. Or chocolate and cotton candy! Ladies, or when your man pulls your hair back and kisses you softly!

Ugh, you get the picture!

In vintage “B” manner, I made myself welcome to his fridge and snooped around until I found the perfect cheese to melt into the tortilla (In Spanish we call omelettes tortillas; not to be confused the Mexican flour or corn tortilla). Traditionally, we don’t add cheese to this tortilla. Well, not at my mom’s house anyway, which is how I grew up eating this lovely goodness (sans cheese, garlic and secret ingredient*).

I found smoked mozzarella and asiago and went for it. I also took some garlic (1/3 of the Cuban cuisine trinity) and lightly browned it in mantequilla. Because I was in someone else’s kitchen at 8 am, and wanted to leave him and his wife with the “wow” factor, I added a secret ingredient I knew would go well with the sweet plantain and eggs. You’ll have to read the recipe to find out!

Unlike traditional American omelettes, Spanish ones are very thick, kind of dry, and cut into triangle pie pieces. On my last trip to Spain (on a singing gig covering Cotton Club originals), omelettes were something I grew to love more and more during the two week visit. They are served in every single corner post you come across! It’s just what they do. Believe Anthony Bourdain when he says we’ll never get it. Food is a way of life for the Spanish (he’ll say the same about Cuba if he ever goes).

Anyway, I think Don was too shy to admit he was a bit confused and not confident what I was making in his cocina was going to be worth devouring. I kind of kept the process quiet, while prancing around finding my ingredients and utensils.  But when it was all said and done, we snapped a few shots, I blessed my food and the omelette was cut in four.

What did Don say? Well, utter silence for about 35 seconds for starters. And the ensuing  “wow” I was looking for!! For him (and even myself on a smaller scale), it was a completely unexpected way of starting our hot as hell Sunday.

Two days later, I cooked the same omelette with the same cheeses and secret ingredient at home. All for myself. And I was very happy not to share this time!

I invite you to make this omelette and tell me what you think! This WILL BE making it to my Desayuno cookbook I’m toying with!

Please bear with me as I play catch up and visit your blog! This month is out of control busy but blogging will be my sane refuge for the next 6 weeks! For next time, I’ll have Part II of my super relaxing trip to Vallarta, Mexico which will include some goody give-aways!

 

CALL COOK BOOK RECIPE TESTERS!

 

CALLING ALL HOME COOKS!! Some of you may know I’m working on my 1st cookbook! I am looking for recipe testers and tasters! If you are interested in being part of testing original and traditional Cuban and Fusion recipes, I’d love to have your help! Please send me an email and tell me how many recipes you are willing and equipped to prepare! After receiving it, I will respond with all details and pertinent information! Those who participate the whole way through will get a singed copy once it’s published!!!

 

 

Thanks SOOOO much in advance and happy Cuban eating!

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Enjoy

SWEET PLANTAIN OMELETTE, SPANISH STYLE

Ingredients:

  • 12 eggs
  • 1/2 cup smoked mozzarella, sliced thinly
  • 1/2 cup asiago, sliced thinly
  • 2 ripe plantains, sliced diagonally or cut into smaller pieces
  • 1 tsp. fresh nutmeg*
  • 3 garlic cloves, mashed & diced
  • butter for browning
  • canola oil or butter for cooking
  • pinch of salt (asiago provides salt, so be conservative)

Method:

In large bowl, crack and beat eggs until you get a good foam. Add cheese, nutmeg and salt. Set aside. In small saucepan, brown garlic. Set aside. In medium saucepan, cook plantain on both sides, until medium golden brown. Drain excess oil on paper towel. Let cool. Cut into smaller pieces, if desired. Add cheeses, plantain and garlic to egg mixture. Gently whisk all together. Using a quarter size amount of canola oil or butter, coat large sauce pan. Add mixture and cook on medium heat on one side for about 5-6 minutes. Gently flip over and cook for another 5-6 minutes or until egg is thoroughly cooked through. If you are unable to flip the omelette over, place omelette on oven-safe pan/skillet. Finish cooking in oven on 350°F for about 10 minutes or until you know egg is thoroughly cooked, or golden. Remove from oven and invert onto serving plate. The result will be more souffle style and a bit thicker.

Yields 4 hearty servings.

41 thoughts on “Spanish Style Plantain Omelette & Call for Cookbook Testers!

  1. Take note of the picture with the bacon and homefries, that was my plate.
    Talk about good eats. The wow factor was there, no doubt. Apparently, you’ve gotten better flipping that thing. 🙂

  2. Donald ur right! YOU ate all that swine… it sure smelled good! And yes, the one I made at your house was way big to try and flip. It made sense to finish in the oven. Can’t wait to do it again!

    Fearless Kitchen: you have to use them more! they are soo darn good, I swear!

    Helene: You MUST try plantains!!!!

    Adam: Yup!! That’s how they eat but I grew up eating this omelette all the time as a child. And even now, we pair it with dinner sometimes! You just can’t go wrong with it!

  3. You cook in pumps! Only you. I love plantains. I would never have thought of this, nor adding tomatoes on top. I will have to give this whirl. Interesting use of nutmeg.

  4. That looks great, I like the salsa too. Been meaning to make a Spanish Tortilla, thanks for the inspiration.

    Lori Lynn

    BTW – I watched your Emeril video, the two of you are a natural together. Very cute. That pork dish looked awesome, have you made it again?

  5. Girl – I love the new home page of the site.  Awesome!  Can I tell you, the Spanish Style Plaintain Omellette was a hit!  Delicioso!  Keep sharing those delicious recipes.  

  6. oh this looks SO delicious..  I’m going to have to try this one very soon.  Sure hope I can find plantains around here..  Also…  if you need taste testers..  sign me up!!  Oh, I suppose I could test cook too..  but eating the results of your recipes is so much more fun!!  Good luck!

  7. Mmmm. I love platanos, but I haven’t had them with eggs before. That plate looks absolutely delicious and I can’t wait to try that dish (hint, hint)!

  8. I made this for breakfast Sunday and everybody loved them! Those tilapias are so good, too.

    Hey, also, I had a great idea for a shoot and it’s fairly simple. I was actually inspired by LL Cool J, LOL.  We need to talk later.

  9. Luis: Really?? You made it!? How great. I’m glad your guests loved it!

    Kevin: You’re so inventive! I’ll take a look!

    Lisa: Thanks for the watching the vid! Yeah I made the dish for my viewing party, tho I turned the pork into skewers! And yes, make the omelette and tell me what you think! Hop you come back!

    Melissa: Rest?! Yeah okay! Glad you learned the word for omelette en Espanol! Use it 🙂

    Thanks to everyone else for your comments!

  10. This might be on my plate sunday am.. but with egg whites instead i have to keep my athletic figure.

  11. Thanks, B!

    I’m excited about this recipe as I have a friend in Brooklyn who looooovves plantains. I am going to bless her with this wonderful recipe!

  12. SICK!!! What a great combo. Mom Dukes used to hook up the scrambled eggs with the plantains. The Omelette thing is that new flava. Yo, you hit them head with that one.

  13. Hi Bren,

    Sorry for not visiting recently but many things is happening in my life, hardly ever check now blogs during the week… I’m starting new website with gifts… and also started going to the gym (4 times a week) so I’m a little exhausted recently….
    Your omelette sounds delicious… I would love to try it but I never heard of asiago 🙁
    Talking about the cookbook, I would love to help you out with testing…
    Hugs, M.

  14. Recipebypic:  Seducing for sure. I like to call it sexy tortilla.
    Lifelightlysalted: this is surely divine. you’ll be happy all day.
    Chou: this is fabulous for sure!
    Nofearentertaining: Girl please please try it. I promise you’ll love it.
    With a C: do it tracker!
    Sheena: Have you made it yet?!?!
    howtoeatacupcake: You’ll love it!
    Dullah: you know you loved it! thanks for always eating my food!
    Margot: I fully understand! no apologies needed here! Never heard of asiago?! I should send you some. It’s a really salty and sharp cheese and so so good!
    Cynthia: plantains are the best thing eva!
    Peabody: You so won’t be disappointed!
    Stylistocrat by R & R: make Moni make it for you bro!
    Chefectomy: thank you baby! I think so too 🙂
    Rosa: Yum for sure.

  15. I’m not sure where to get plantains .. I haven’t ever cooked with them, but there’s a very interesting restaurant in Houston that serves them with salsa, just like most of us eat tortilla chips. I love them!
    -Sylvia
    Padrons

  16. You can use two 10 inch cast iron skillets, too. Keeping the heat down, the eggs won’t get a skin on them, and it can be flipped when it’s cooked nearly through.
    If you leave out the cheese and use more salt and garlic, ground in a large wooden mortar, it will keep a longer time at room temperature. With a few fried potatoes along with the plantains, plus paprika, there will be plenty of flavor. I was shown how to do this by a lady from Andalusia, who would never allow the eggs to brown, only slowly cook through, hence the need for a flip into an identical warm skillet. She used about a dozen eggs, two plantain, sliced, which she gently placed in a star pattern after the eggs began to set, so that slicing was easier.

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