Ground beef omelet

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Tortang Giniling is a Filipino ground beef omelette. It is quality in that the omelette is made more like a fritter và is filled with lots of beef và veggies. It is a delicious recipe for breakfast or for a light lunch or snack.

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Filipino Ground Beef Omelette

Tortang giniling is a simple Filipino omelette made with ground beef.

This omelette isn’t like your traditional omelette where the egg batter is cooked and folded around cheese and other fillings.

Rather, this Filipino omelette is made in more of a fritter style. The beef and vegetables for the filling are first sauteed và then transfered to a bowl. Once they have cooled slightly, they are mixed with beaten eggs.

This batter is then ladled onto your hot skillet in the same way you would ladle pancake batter onto a hot griddle, making small, roughly 3 inch, round omelette fritters.

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What does “Tortang Giniling” mean?

“Torta” is a word that you find variations of used in many cultures (Spanish, for example, & a variant in the French “tarte”). It is used khổng lồ describe a number of dishes, but it often refers khổng lồ a flat cake, of sorts.

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In the Philippines, a “torta” refers to lớn an egg fritter, or omelette.

“Giniling” is the Tagalog (one of the major languages spoken in the Philipines) word for “ground meat”.


Tips for making Tortang Giniling

With all the vegetables và meat right inside this omelette, flipping it can get tricky if you use too large of a pan và let your batter spread over too large of an area.

That’s why we like to make these into pancake-sized omelettes (or fritters). (Roughly 3 inches in diameter.) This will make flipping these ground beef omelettes easier.


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Banana Ketchup served with Tortang Giniling


How lớn ServeTortang Giniling

It is traditional lớn serve tortang giniling for breakfast with garlic fried rice and banana ketchup.

To those of us in the States, this sounds lượt thích a bit of an unusual breakfast, but if you like savory breakfast dishes, this is definitely worth a try.

If savory breakfasts aren’t your thing, this makes for a great lunch or snack as well!