My favorite holiday of the year is Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. On this holiday everything you eat is supposed to be sweet to represent a sweet New Year. In Syrian tradition, you also eat other symbolic foods to keep enemies away and to bless you with a year of many merits.
One of my favorite foods is the leek omelette. When cooked correctly, it comes out thick, has a perfect golden brown color, and is delicious. I remember being scared to learn how to make this omelette because of all the hot oil involved. It’s difficult to flip and there is a high likelihood splashing yourself with hot oil, especially in the first few cooking attempts. Additionally, if you flip it too early, the whole omelette falls apart and you need to just start again. For years, I needed my grandpa on the phone before (and sometimes during) the omelette making process. I have to say, though, my omelette now rivals his.
Leek Omelette Recipe
- 1 leek (at least 1 inch wide)
- 3 eggs
- 3 tablespoons matzah meal
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon cumin
- oil for frying
Cut the tops off of the leek where the leek becomes darker green. Half the leek length-wise and then half it again. Cut very fine, making approximately ¼ inch slices. Rinse very well, making sure no sand or grit is left. This can be done by soaking slices in a shallow bowl of water and letting grit fall to the bottom. Cook for 15 minutes in boiling salted water. Rinse in cold water and drain.
In the meantime, separate the eggs. Beat white until they are foamy but not quite stiff. Beat the egg yolks.
Add the leeks to the egg whites. Next add the salt and cumin and mix. Add the egg yolks and matzah meal. Mix well.
Heat a 9 inch frying pan with about 1/8 inch oil. Add mixture making sure that it spreads out. Cover and cook on medium heat until bottom is brown. Turn over using a plate to help flip the omlette and fry the other side until it is golden brown as well.
This dish can be served hot or cold. Because it is like a frittata, it can be eaten for breakfast, lunch, or as a delicious dinner sidedish.