Saturday, February 21, 2015

Hawaiian Spam-Yam-'Mato Omelette








     Spam-Yam-'Mato?  
     The ingredients in this omelette are a fun combination of flavors.  Spam-Yam-'Mato is short for Spam, Hawaiian Purple Yam and Tomato.  The name kind of has a nifty ring to it!  
     Spam is very popular in Hawaii.  Hawaii hosts the Waikiki Spam Jam Festival every year.  No where else but Hawaii is Spam held so high on a pedestal!
     Cooking Spam is a personal thing.  Some folks like their Spam grilled dark brown.  Some people like their Spam cooked lightly.  Many people like their Spam straight out of the can and sliced thin like a lunchmeat.  For today's recipe, I lightly sautéed thin slices of Spam.  How the slices of Spam are cooked is up to your own preference.

     Purple Yam that is sold in most food markets actually is a Purple Sweet Potato.  There is such a thing as a true Purple Yam and it is popular in the Philippines.  Powdered Purple Yam is used to make traditional Filipino cakes.  Both Purple Yam and Purple Sweet Potato have a sweet flavor.    
     Purple Yam (Purple Sweet Potato) is popular in Hawaii.  In Las Vegas, many food markets sell Purple Yam by the name Hawaiian Yam.  Asian food markets are a good place to find fresh Purple Sweet Potato or Purple Yam.  Purple Yam has a nice sweet candy like sweet potato flavor.

     I chose Pepper Jack Cheese for this omelette creation, because I wanted to add a mild spicy flavor kick.  Cheddar, Swiss, Munster or Monterey Jack all are nice choices for this omelette too.

     *This recipe yields 1 omelette!

     Purple Yam (Purple Sweet Potato) Preparation:  
     Boil 2 cups of water in a small sauce pot over medium/medium high heat.
     Add 1/4 cup of julienne sliced purple yam.
     Blanch the purple yam matchsticks, till they are cooked al dente.  (Do not over cook the purple yam matchsticks, or they will easily break apart!)
     Drain the water off of the purple yam matchsticks and set them aside to cool.

     Spam Preparation:  
     Heat a sauté pan over medium/medium low heat.
     Add 1 tablespoon of unsalted butter.
     Add 4 slices of Spam that are about 3/16" thick.  
     Sauté the spam, till golden brown highlights appear on both sides.
     Keep the Spam warm on a stove top.

     Hawaiian Spam-Yam-'Mato Omelette:
     Step 1:  Place 2 large eggs in a mixing bowl.
     Add 1 tablespoon of milk.
     Whisk the egg mixture, till it is slightly foamy.
     Step 2:  Heat a non-stick sauté pan over medium/medium low heat.
     Add 1 tablespoon of unsalted butter.
     Place 5 or 6 slices of plum tomato in the pan, so they are evenly spaced and they cover the bottom of the pan.
     Briefly grill the tomato slices on both sides, till they start to become tender. 
     Step 3:  Slowly pour the egg mixture over the sliced tomatoes, so the tomatoes stay in place and so they do not float on the eggs.
     Sprinkle the blanched purple yam matchsticks on the eggs.
     Even the edges of the omelette with a rubber spatula.
     Step 4:  When the bottom half of the omelette is cooked firm, flip the omelette.
     Immediately place a few thin slices of pepper jack cheese on the omelette.
     Place the grilled spam slices on the cheese on only one half of the omelette.
     Step 5:  After the eggs are fully cooked, fold the omelette in half.
     Slide the omelette onto a plate
     Garnish with a parsley sprig.

     I know that the combination of ingredients may seem awkward, but they taste incredibly good together.  The flavors create a unique diner restaurant style Hawaiian breakfast flavor! 

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