28 June 2009

Maacouda (Tunisian Potato Omelette with Olives and Mint)

A maacouda is a sort of Tunisian potato omelette, similar to the Spanish tortilla, but made with eggs beaten into smooth mashed potatoes and then baked. I'll admit I don't know much about Tunisian cuisine, other than a prediliction for fish dishes, but I have noticed that Tunisian food contains more egg dishes than other Middle Eastern cuisines. Eggs are not used as often in Middle Eastern cooking as in the West, and cakes, breads, and desserts rarely contain egg. Tunisian food, however, has spiced eggs and chicken with eggs and egg tagine.

Anyway, maacouda by itself is a fine but somewhat plain dish, so I've spiced mine up with chunks of black olive and a hint of mint. It's best if you mash your potatoes until they are completely smooth, which makes the omelette fluffier and moister. The olives give it the right salty tang, and it's a good thing to pack in your lunch or for a light dinner with a salad.

Maacouda (Tunisian Potato Omelette with Olives and Mint)

1 lb potatoes (about 2 small russets), peeled, cooked, and mashed until smooth
1 onion, sliced
olive oil
1/4 cup good quality black olives, pitted and chopped (measure before chopping)
6 leaves of mint, slivered
6 eggs, beaten
1/2 tsp salt

1. Heat some olive oil in a saucepan, add the onions and cook over medium heat, stirring occaisionally, until the onions are golden. This usually takes 20-40 minutes, during which time I prep the rest of the ingredients.
2. Preheat the oven to 450 F. Place the potatoes in a bowl and beat in 1 tbl of olive oil and the salt. Beat in the eggs. Add the caramelized onions, olives, and mint and stir to combine. Grease the skillet or casserole dish you will be using. Add the potato mixture and bake for 20 minutes, until puffed and golden.


breadchick said...

I've never heard of this but anything that looks that good deserves to be tried.

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Poorni Pillai said...

Sounds like a heavy bit of food, but it does look great :)

Hillary said...

Never heard of a potato omelette before! Thanks for the lesson - the flavor combination sounds great.

Anonymous said...

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Figtreeapps said...

I will certainly try this over the weekend.Much thanks Figtreeapps

Shirley Sunman said...

This looks lovely, I'm going to try it this week. Will check back with the results. Thank you for another great recipe

LoveFeast Table said...

This looks absolutely delish! I have never made a potato omelet...there's a first for everything!

steph bloemarts brederode said...

it was really tastey! Thanks. I love all your middle eastern recipes. at least i know i can get the ingredients here in muscat.

Megan said...

This looks fantastic! A potato omelette is right up my alley!

Anonymous said...

This is delicious and my favorite! We make it all over the Maghreb--North Africa. (Tunisia is in North Africa, not the Middle East. Maghrebi food and culture is different.)

Our Moroccan style is similar to this, but we chop our potatoes up into small cubes and saute them with onion until soft, then add spices (usually cumin, paprika, salt and pepper) and fresh herbs (cilantro, parsley, dill etc.), then mix in the eggs and cook it on the stove.