Iranian Kuku, or a Greens Omelet for the New Year

Posted by on Thursday Sep 5th, 2013 | Print

Hi and happy new year. This may not look like apples and honey for Rosh Hashanah–a tradition that helps bring about a sweet new year. No, my recipe has been transformed by my research into Middle Eastern cuisine. This, friends, is an Iranian Kuku, a baked omelet made with greens, herbs, and–get this–walnuts and raisins. The latter for a sweet new year. That makes these the greenest, sweetest eggs ever. Intrigued? I was too when I first came upon this recipe in Claudia Roden’s fantastic chapter on egg dishes from the Middle East.

For more traditional Jewish new year recipes, you’ll want to click click over to brisket, my grandma’s plum cake, and kugel (noodle or potato??). But if you’re looking to shake things up a little even as you heed the sweetness mandate, you’ve found an irresistible recipe.

Here’s the deal. Tons of greens–like way more than you would ever dream of tossing with a mere half dozen eggs–become the substance of a baked omelet. In the tradition of Arab omelets, these are cooked until firm and they contain so much more filling than any other omelet, frittata, or savory pancake that I’ve ever cooked. I would dare to say they’re closest to the Spanish tortilla española, if we’re classifying.

Because this particular omelet hails from Persia, it’s called a kuku, which just means omelet. It’s the greens, walnuts, and raisins that make this a new year’s meal there, but you can leave out the nuts and raisins if you’re not worried about sweetness transference from your meal to your year. I found the additions to be surprisingly delicious and a nice counterpoint to all those greens.

Finally, it’s worth mentioning that this kuku is really, really healthful. It’s a tasty, satisfying way to ingest a greedy portion of greens and also a good candidate for an eat-all-week lunch, since it’s great cold and room temp. We enjoyed slices in a couple different ways–beside lentil soup and in a sandwich paired with mayo and and a few slices of Sargento mozzarella were two of the best.

This sponsored post is part of an ongoing collaboration with Sargento, called Flavor Journey. Throughout the year, with the support of Sargento, I’m exploring Middle Eastern cuisine–at home, in Brooklyn, at cooking classes, and wherever the flavors may take me. You can see the whole series here. Sponsored posts let me do some of my best work on this blog, and I only ever work with brands whose values and products mesh with the content I love to produce for you. Here’s my affiliate disclosure.

**Recipe**

Iranian Kuku, or Baked Spinach & Herb Omelet
Serves 4 to 6

So many ways to serve this! It’s great hot, warm, and at room temperature. I recommend it as a brunch main, especially if your friends are gluten free, or don’t eat dairy or meat. For a picnic, pre-cut the wedges. Also, if you’d like this to slice really neatly, be sure to give your herbs, greens and scallions a pretty fine chop–big pieces will get in the way when you’re slicing.

Ingredients
6 large eggs
about 2 ounces baby spinach, finely slivered
8 scallions, white and green parts chopped
2/3 cups mixed chopped fresh herbs (I used basil, parsley, tarragon, chives, a tiny bit of dill and a few leaves of mint. Use whatever you like, but definitely go easy on dill and mint, since they’re overwhelming flavors)
3 tablespoons chopped walnuts
2 tablespoons raisins
1 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground pepper
2 tablespoons butter

Preheat the oven to 325°F. Beat the eggs with the spinach, scallions, herbs, walnuts, raisins, and salt.

Place a 9 or 10 inch skillet on a burner over low heat and add the butter. Once melted, swirl it around the pan, coating the edges too. Pour in the egg mixture and bake for 30-40 minutes, until the eggs are firm. If you’d like the crust to be golden, finish the omelet under the broiler for a minute or two. Let rest for 5 to 10 minutes before serving, then eat hot or cold.

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  • caitlyn

    What a great-sounding recipe! I’m definitely going to try this

    • http://www.biggirlssmallkitchen.com/ BGSK

      Thanks!

  • http://angeliquejennifer.blogspot.com/ jennifer schmittlin

    Thank you so much for this. I’ve been feeling really uninspired in the kitchen and this looks so yummy!

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  • Niloo

    My parents are Iranian and it’s SO COOL to see a blog featuring the food I grew up eating!! :D Thanks for sharing this with the world :)

    • http://www.biggirlssmallkitchen.com/ BGSK

      Great to hear from you, Niloo! I hope I did the dish justice – it was SO delicious.

  • http://cookieandkate.com/ Cookie and Kate

    Kuku! What a fun word. The more veggies and greens, the better, if you ask me. I never would have thought to incorporate raisins and walnuts in a frittata, though. I’m intrigued.

  • http://www.zangblogs.wordpress.com/ Zang

    I finally made this the other night and it was delicious! Also relatively simple, just required a lot of chopping. Can’t wait to make again!

    • http://www.biggirlssmallkitchen.com/ BGSK

      So glad you liked! Yes, you chop and chop and chop, but then once you’re done there’s not really anything else to do.

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  • Jules

    Are the walnuts roasted beforehand?

    • http://www.biggirlssmallkitchen.com/ BGSK

      No need to! Though I’m sure it’d be delicious if you felt like it.

      • Jules

        Niceeeee I shall go shopping tomorrow. Thanks!

  • Jenna

    Only 2 ounces of spinach? That doesn’t seem like a lot considering how green it looks. Is that a typo?

    • http://www.biggirlssmallkitchen.com/ BGSK

      Yes–it’s fresh spinach, about half of one of those 5-ounce clamshells you can buy. The rest of the green is from herbs and scallions. However, if you’d like to use more, give it a try and let us know how it goes!

      • Jenna

        Great, thanks for the reply! Looking forward to trying it.

  • sshear

    Hi! Could this be frozen?

    • http://www.biggirlssmallkitchen.com/ BGSK

      I’ve never tried, but please report back if you do.