January was a month of dates with friends and lots of naughty, naughty food. Croque Madame with loaded potato soup (heavy cream!) at The Squeaky Bean? Yes, please! Massive plate of fries (half bacon mac and cheese, half buffalo) at Jonesy’s Eat Bar? Mmmm. Catered dinner from Le Central at the sorority reunion? You bet. (And that’s really only half the damage!)
We had lots of fun, but I’m going to focus on healthy cooking for the next couple of weeks to balance things out a bit. I made something wonderful last night – Mexican Potato Omelet from the April/May 2006 issue of Body + Soul – that was fresh, well-balanced, and delicious.
Here’s the recipe:
Mexican Potato Omelet
Prep time: 20 min. | Total time: 50 min.
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 red-skinned potato (6 ounces), well scrubbed, halved, and thinly sliced
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 scallions, thinly sliced
Coarse salt and ground pepper
8 large eggs
1 1/4 cups plum tomatoes, coarsely chopped (about 2 tomatoes)
1/2 cup shredded pepper jack cheese (2 ounces)
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
1/2 teaspoon fresh lime juice
Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a 10-inch broiler-proof skillet over medium-low heat. Add potato, cover, and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden brown and tender, about 10 minutes. Stir in garlic and all but 1 tablespoon of the scallions; season with salt and pepper and cook 1 minute.
In a large bowl, beat eggs until well combined. Add 1/4 cup each tomato and cheese; stir to combine. Add remaining oil to pan, and pour egg mixture over the potatoes.
Preheat broiler with rack 4 inches from the heat. Meanwhile, cook eggs on the stove top, lifting the edges to allow uncooked egg to flow underneath, until the center is almost set, 8 to 10 minutes. Sprinkle remaining 1/4 cup cheese over the top, then broil in the oven until set, about 2 minutes.
In a small bowl, make a salsa by combining the remaining tomatoes, scallions, cilantro, and lime juice. Run a metal spatula around the edges of the pan and slide the omelette onto a platter. Serve cut into wedges with salsa.
Source: Body + Soul, April/May 2006
This wasn’t knock-your-socks-off amazing, but it was a solid, tasty weeknight meal. I especially loved the way the lime in the salsa brought out the flavors in the omelet. I didn’t modify anything exactly, but I did need an extra 2 minutes to cook the potatoes and I went the full 10 minutes to cook the eggs on the stove top. I also seasoned the eggs and the salsa separately (in addition to the potatoes when the garlic and scallions were added). I served the omelet with seasoned black beans. Yummy!
Recipe link: Mexican Potato Omelet