Omelette Of Mixed Mediterranean Cuisines - French Herb Omelette, Asparagus, Sausage, Chèvre, Middle Eastern Spice Tomato and Grecian Olives!
I have notice that the amount of ink needed for writing a recipe name does vary greatly from one language to the next. Some of the shortest recipe titles in this website were written in Vietnamese, Turkish, Persian or Arabic. Writing a descriptive recipe title in German, French, English or Spanish language can result in a recipe name that has more words than a novel.
Naming a food creation does require some forethought. Sometimes when a specific cultural theme is the basic recipe concept, it is better use the language of that culture. Often this thinking process becomes complicated, when there is no translation for a special key ingredient.
When several regional ethnic cultural cuisines are combined to create a new recipe, it is best to keep the name of the recipe simple. Applying a common name to an omelette that combines the flavors of four cultural cuisines that are located in one easy to recognize region is best. Every item in today's omelette represents cuisines in the Mediterranean region. Since the flavors of separate cuisines are represented, it is best to mention that a mixture of Mediterranean cuisines is the theme. This is reflected in the name of today's recipe.
Frittata or Omelette? A frittata is flat and an omelette can be flat too. Since a variety of herbs that are not commonly used in Italian cuisine were added to the eggs, it is best to call today's egg entree an omelette.
Italian cuisine is represented by one item in the omelette recipe and this item is something that has increased in popularity during recent years. Turkey has been taking the place of pork in many Italian recipes, because it is a healthier meat choice. Plain Turkey Breakfast Sausage Links are usually flavored with sage and fennel. These are common Italian herb flavors, so these sausages fit in with the Mediterranean omelette theme.
Turkey breakfast sausage links are becoming more popular in America too. Consumers that have cholesterol concerns choose turkey breakfast sausage, in order to reduce cholesterol intake. When 2 eggs are part of the breakfast omelette entree, substituting turkey sausage for pork links does reduce the hard cholesterol count by more than half. This keeps the cholesterol content of the 2 eggs within a healthy daily intake range. To reduce cholesterol intake even more, egg whites can be used to make the omelette. Saffron Water or turmeric will give the eggs a yellow color.
A composed omelette presentation always creates eye appeal. An omelette presentation that is composed so it creates eye appeal, really does impress guests. Only a little bit of extra effort is needed to make an omelette look stylish and classy!
In a typical breakfast restaurant that sells omelettes for inflated prices, a composed omelette should be the least that a customer should expect. At home, a composed presentation of an omelette shows that a lot of heart went into the cooking and guests at the table will certainly smile!
Why Settle For A Breakfast That Is The Lesser Of Two Evils?
Unfortunately, very few American restaurants offer high quality breakfast cuisine these days, if they even offer breakfast at all. I happen to take great pride in creating great breakfast food. There certainly is a strong consumer demand for gourmet breakfast cuisine, yet overall, the restaurant industry ignores the demand.
Boring standard American diner style sloppy breakfast food appeals to people that do not think outside of the box. There are plenty of breakfast restaurants that serve low quality standard breakfast food for an inflated price. There are plenty of consumers that settle for lousy restaurant breakfast food that is on a par with canned corned beef hash dog food. If more consumers refused to dine at lousy breakfast restaurants, restaurant breakfast cuisine would have to improve.
Societal behavioral conditioning is the reason why consumers settle for low quality restaurant breakfast food. People in North America are conditioned to accept lousy breakfast food as being the norm. This mental attitude can be summed up as choosing the lesser of two evils. This psyche amounts to preferring the breakfast at one restaurant, just because it is not as lousy as the breakfast that is served at the restaurant next door. Consumers rarely rave about how great breakfast is at a restaurant in this modern age. This says it all!
Why settle for the same old worn out breakfast menu items? Consumers should not feel like this is normal to do! Since there are few good breakfast restaurant dining options, the best choice is to not support the breakfast restaurant industry status quo and cook a great breakfast at home.
This is why I write so many good breakfast recipes. I know that a breakfast that is cooked in my home kitchen is better than any breakfast that is offered at any local restaurant. Not settling for a second class breakfast is the best consumer attitude to have. Breakfast should be inspirational and it should not be like choosing the lesser of two evils.
This entire recipe yields 1 omelette!
Middle Eastern Spice Stewed Tomato:
This recipe yields about 2 1/2 to 3 ounces!
Heat a small sauce pot over medium low heat.
Add 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil.
Add 1/4 teaspoon of minced garlic.
Saute till the garlic turns a golden color.
Add 1/3 cup of chopped canned whole peeled seeded plum tomato and a proportion of juices from the can.
Add 1 cup of light chicken broth or vegetable broth.
Add 1 pinch of cumin.
Add 1 pinch of coriander.
Add 1 small pinch of mace.
Add 1 small pinch of cinnamon.
Add 1 pinch of ginger powder.
Add 1 pinch of ground fenugreek.
Add sea salt and white pepper.
Bring the liquid to a gentle simmer.
Simmer and reduce, till nearly all of the liquid evaporates and only the moist stewed tomato remains.
Add 1 teaspoon of chopped mint.
Keep the stewed tomatoes warm on a stove top.
Turkey Sausage Links:
Heat a griddle or small sauté pan over medium/medium low heat.
Add 1 teaspoon of blended olive oil.
Add 4 breakfast turkey sausage links.
Grill the sausages till they are fully cooked and lightly browned.
Keep the sausages warm on a stove top.
Blanch 4 asparagus spears in boiling salted water, till they are al dente. (Peel the asparagus if they are thick. The spears should be about 4" long.)
Place the asparagus in a dish.
Brush them with melted unsalted butter.
Season with sea salt and white pepper.
Keep the spears warm on a stove top.
Greek Olives and Chèvre Cheese:
Place 1 or 2 pitted assorted Greek Olives of your choice on a small roasting pan.
Cut 4 to 5 small cube shape pieces of soft fresh chèvre cheese and place them on the roasting pan.
Gently warm the cheese and olives in a 300ºF oven for a few minutes. (Chévre contains no fat, so it will not melt!)
Keep the olives and fresh goat cheese warm on a stove top.
Keep the oven warm!
French Herb Omelette:
Place 2 large eggs in a mixing bowl.
Add 1/4 teaspoon of lemon juice.
Add 1 tablespoon of milk.
Add sea salt and white pepper.
Add 2 pinches of Herbs de Provence.
Add 1 teaspoon of minced Italian parsley.
Add 1 small pinch of tarragon.
Whisk the ingredients till the eggs are foamy.
Heat a 6" non-stick sauté pan over medium/medium low heat.
Add 1 tablespoon of unsalted butter.
Add the egg mixture.
Use a rubber spatula to even the edges of the omelette.
When the bottom half of the omelette is cooked firm, place the pan in the 300ºF oven.
Bake for a few minutes, till the eggs are fully cooked.
Slide the omelette onto a serving plate.
Keep the oven warm!
Cuisine Méditerranéenne Melange Omelette:
Evenly space the 4 asparagus spears on the omelette, so they point out from center.
Do the same with the turkey link sausages.
Mound the stewed tomatoes on the center of the omelette.
Garnish the tomatoes with the olives and petite chèvre cheese pieces.
Sprinkle 1 pinch of plain fine French bread crumbs over the eggs and sausages.
Place the entire omelette plate in the 300º oven.
Bake for about 45 seconds to 1 minute, so the toppings warm up.
Remove the plate from the oven.
Garnish the stewed tomatoes with an Italian parsley sprig.
Be sure to tell guests that the plate is warm!
Flavor, flavor and more flavor! This omelette has no shortage of great Mediterranean cuisine flavors. Yum!