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sweet plantain, spinach, and onion omelet -your new favorite breakfast

June 10, 2009

A staple in my kitchen, I really don’t understand why the plantain, a close tropical relative of the banana, isn’t used more often here in the States.  For one, they are dirt cheap and, at least where I live here in Hoboken, NJ, readily available.  Secondly, and more importantly, they are highly versatile and delicious in all forms.  Pulling out my inner Forrest Gump, you can boil them, pan fry them, deep fry them, mash them, whip them, etc., all of which create totally different taste and food results.

Additionally, they are sorta like two foods in one:  when green and unripe they are very starchy and have a neutral flavor, like that of a potato.  If you let an unripe plantain sit on a counter top until it becomes ripe (speckled with black spots and/or fully black) the result is a very sweet, very savory eating experience.

This deliciously sweet, savory, and satisfying omelet, my personal favorite, can be eaten anytime of the day.  The only requirement, however, is a close to black or fully black plantain.


1 close to black or fully black plantain.  Peel like you would a banana and cut two-thirds of the flesh into half inch cubes. NOTE:  The plantain will be very soft.  It will firm up in the skillet.

Today's victim

Today's victim

1 medium yellow onion, diced

A handful of fresh spinach or a 1 inch thick chunk of frozen spinach (spinach is optional but highly recommended)

4 eggs, beaten

Vegetable oil

Salt and pepper to taste


Add a tablespoon or so of oil to a NON STICK pan over medium heat.

Add the onion and plantain cubes, season with salt and pepper, and cook until the plantain starts to firm up and turn a nice hickory color (er, brown).

Just added

Just added to the pan -cook until a nice 'hickory' color

Add the spinach and cook until wilted/melted, depending on whether you’re using the fresh or frozen stuff.

Ready for the egg

Spinach doing its thing

Equally distribute all goodies in the skillet and add in the beaten eggs.

Eggs added to the party

Eggs added to the party

Cook until…cooked, as you would any other omelet.

Your reward

Your reward

Serve with:

Habanero hot sauce, black beans, white rice, and spiced up Bloody Marys.  Please, put the ketchup away.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. June 10, 2009 9:22 pm

    That looks so so good. Thanks for the inspiration.

    • edbstratt permalink*
      June 10, 2009 9:28 pm

      You bet!

      FYI: Your photography is awesome. My close up stuff needs, well, work.

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