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Haricot Bean and Spinach Omelet

Tajin Sibnakh
Serves 4


Haricot Bean and Spinach OmeletIn Tunisia, where egg dishes are ubiquitous, they call this a tajin because it is cooked in a clay dish of that name. It can be eaten hot or cold.


1 pound spinach
1 onion, chopped
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons tomato paste
3 eggs
A 15-ounce can haricot or cannellini beans, drained
1/2 cup grated Gruyère cheese
Salt and pepper


Wash the spinach and only remove the stalks if thick and tough. Put the leaves in a large pan over low heat with the lid on and only the water that clings to them. They will crumple into a soft mass within a minute. Drain and press all the water out in a colander, then cut into ribbons.

Fry the onion in 1 tablespoon of the olive oil until golden, then stir in the tomato paste.

Lightly beat the eggs in a bowl. Add the spinach, onion, drained beans, and Gruyère. Season with salt and pepper and mix well.

Heat the remaining oil in a preferably nonstick frying pan and pour the mixture in. Cook over low heat, with the lid on, for 8-10 minutes, until the eggs set at the bottom. Then put under the broiler to dry and firm the top.


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The New Book of Middle Eastern Food
By Claudia Roden
Alfred A. Knopf, 2000
Hardback, $35.00
Color photographs
ISBN: 0-375-40506-2
Recipe reprinted by permission.


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