Monday, August 27, 2007

Not just an omelette.

Golden Queen Heirloom Tomato Tortilla with Organic Banana Peppers and Beecher's Flagship Cheese. No, not the Mexican variety of tortilla. In Spain a tortilla is basically an omelette or frittata. It's a pretty typical Spanish tapas dish consisting of eggs and sometimes potatoes and peppers. I buy my eggs from a local farmer (I should ask him his name but for now, we call him the egg guy) at my farmers market. These are from organic, true free range chickens. He doesn't just walk them on a treadmill every once in a while. Once I bought some of his eggs and he told me that they might have a floral quality to them because his chickens just ransacked and ate all of his wife's rose garden. I didn't notice any difference in the eggs, but that made me happy knowing they they're actually running around all over the place causing poultry havoc. These amazing eggs truly are the tastiest I've ever had. I decided to saute some banana peppers in a little butter and top it of with one of my favorite local cheeses, Beechers Flagship. It's a white cheddar style cheese with a good tang and sharpness to it. A simple dish for breakfast, or perhaps you next tapas party.

8 eggs, cracked and whisked in a bowl
2 golden queen heirloom tomatoes, sliced (any sweet, flavorful tomato will work)
2 medium banana peppers, seeded and thinly sliced
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 cup Beechers Flagship cheese, shredded (you can also use a sharp white cheddar)
1 Tbsp butter
kosher salt and fresh cracked black pepper

Preheat oven to 350F degrees. In a large non-stick saute pan over medium high heat saute the peppers and garlic in butter until soft, about 4 minutes. Add the tomatoes in an even layer to the pan. Season the eggs with salt and pepper and pour them over the tomatoes and peppers making sure you move the pan around so the eggs surround everything. Cook for about 6 minutes so the bottom browns. Sprinkle on an even layer of cheese and place in the oven. Bake for about 6 minutes or until the eggs set and the cheese starts to brown. Remove, cut into quarters, and serve.

1 comment:

Daffy said...

I giggled at the egg story! It's really cute how the chickens were running amok eating up flowers. =)