If you follow Fandom Fitness on Instagram, then you’ll know that I’ve been talking about making a recipe inspired by the snack that Rey is seen eating at Maz’s tavern in Star Wars The Force Awakens. After a few times of “pause” “rewind” “pause again” with the movie, I figured out that Rey is actually seen eating two separate things. The first shot has her eating half of a kiwano melon (otherwise known as the horned melon, African horned cucumber, and blowfish fruit) and the second, which is seen in the image below, looks like an apple with romanesco and blackberries (I assume that the apple is hollowed out to hold the fruit).
This week I'll be watching my copy of @starwars The Force Awakens (available on Bluray & DVD April 5th), and attempting to make a recipe from this little snack. This means I'll be diversifying my greens with my first taste of #romanescobroccoli aka #romanescocauliflower Anyone else trying new ingredients this week? #rey #theforceawakens
After running around to every grocery store in town, I couldn’t find any kiwano, but I did find romansco! (I’ve seen it referred to as both a variation of broccoli and cauliflower.) Rather than just re-creating the apple, blackberry, and broccoli snack, I decided to use the romanesco as a focal point for a really delicious breakfast or snack option that anyone could pick up and eat just like Rey. Egg muffins are a great grab-and-go meal option that’s full of protein and veggies, so I adapted a basic recipe by using romanesco and purple potatoes for a “galaxy far, far away” feel.
Maz Kanata’s Egg Muffin Recipe:
Makes 24 muffins
- 12 eggs
- 1 lb. of Jenny O’s Italian Seasoned Ground Turkey (or feel free to buy regular ground turkey and season it yourself)
- 1 head of romanesco
- 1 cup of purple potatoes (diced)
- 1 cup of white onion (diced)
- Salt & pepper to taste
- Minced garlic (optional)
- non-stick spray
- muffin trays
- Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit
- Spray muffin trays with Olive Oil or any other non-stick spray
- Cut up romanesco, but paying attention to keep florets together to keep the fractal look. We’re trying to emulate the look of Rey’s snack, so don’t be afraid to keep the florets big.
- Blanch the romanesco to keep the vibrant green color through the cooking. (I used this WikiHow article to do this.)
- Dice the potatoes and onions.
- In a pan or skillet, begin to brown the ground turkey on a high to moderately high heat. Prior to the meat being completely brown, add in the potatoes, onions, and any seasoning (salt, pepper, garlic, etc).
- When meat is browned and onions are translucent, turn off the heat.
- Scoop the meat mixture into the muffin trays so they’re about 1/3 to 1/2 way full.
- Break the eggs into a mixing bowl and beat the eggs together.
- Gently pour the egg mixture into the muffin trays, so the tins are 3/4 of the way full.
- Take the romanesco and arrange them so each muffin has a couple of florets sticking out of the top.
- Place the muffin trays into the oven for ~20 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
- Let the muffins cool for 5-10 minutes in the tray, and then take a butterknife and gently scrape along the sides of the muffin to make sure they don’t stick.
- Remove the muffins from the pan and either eat immediately (add some dragon fruit to the plate for a more galactic feel), store in the fridge, or freeze for a later time!
I really enjoyed making these muffins, and I know that my nerdy friends and I enjoyed eating something that just looks really cool too! Let me know how you like this recipe and tag Fandom Fitness with your own Maz Kanata egg muffins!