This month the Food of the World party takes us to the Mediterranean island of Malta. Surprisingly, Malta has been able to keep its own culture and language intact despite the influence of various sea-faring nations which over the centuries have found Malta to be a strategic resupply base for their navies. That’s not to say Maltese cuisine hasn’t been influenced by the outside world. For example, the Maltese Style Spaghetti Omelette I chose for this month’s party is very similar to other pasta frittatas from Italy.
My first encounter with a spaghetti omelette was not in Malta but rather while watching Jane Brody’s TV show on PBS about a million years ago. I’ve made it many times over the years and was pleased to see froga tat-Tarja listed when researching Maltese cuisine. Frankly, I was a bit relieved when I saw the photo. It seems rabbit is a very popular meat on Malta and while rabbit is widely available here in Spain, I’ve never cooked it myself. Like goat, it’s a meat I’m more than happy to eat as long as someone else prepares it.
Fortunately, the most difficult thing about preparing a spaghetti omelette is beating a couple eggs.
- 2 servings cooked spaghetti (or similar) noodles (about ¼ pound dry noodles)
- 3 eggs, beaten
- ¼ cup chopped parsley
- ¼ cup grated hard cheese (I used manchego)
- salt and pepper to taste
- olive oil
- Beat the eggs in a large enough bowl to hold the spaghetti
- Reserve a little of the parsley and cheese for garnish, add the rest to the beaten eggs.
- Add the spaghetti and mix well so the egg coats the noodles.
- Cover the bottom of your skillet with a thin layer of olive oil and heat the pan over medium-high heat.
- Add the spaghetti and egg mixture. Press the noodles into the pan as the eggs cook in order to make a compact cake.
- Flip the omelette over to finish cooking the other side.
- Garnish with the reserved parsley and cheese and serve hot.
I plan to share this post at the Food of the World party. Drop by and see what Maltan food the other bloggers have cooked up. Click here to visit one of the hosts, Adelina of Home Maid Simple.