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What is Your Favorite Omelet?

Passadumkeg Jan 23, 2011 11:29 AM

We often eat omelets on the weekend. This morning we had our (My?) favorite omelet, fresh roasted green chile, "Mexican cheese" and avocado, w/ home fries and flour tortilla w/ honey. Another favorite is bleu cheese, steak slices and mushroom. In the summer, feta cheese, fresh mint and lobster or crab. Salmon, fresh dill and brie as well. A lot of the time "clean out the fridge" omelets.
What are some of your favorite omelets?

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    LeoLioness Jan 23, 2011 11:35 AM

    -Sauteed wild mushrooms, asparagus, fresh herbs and goat cheese.

    -spinach, tomato and feta

    -bacon, cheddar and tomato

    Roasted green chile sounds delicious!

    1. ipsedixit Jan 23, 2011 11:36 AM

      It varies, but I'm usually pretty simple when it comes to omelets.

      Usu. it's just some kind of vegetable. Recently, I've been dicing up sweet potato leaves with some diced garlic and then topping the omelet off with a good dash of smoked paprika and sea salt.

      That's probably about as fancy as I get with omelets ... because, y'know, half the time I just can't resist dowsing the thing with either ketchup or Sriracha.

      1. jmcarthur8 Jan 23, 2011 11:50 AM

        Polish sausage and cheddar.

        leftover Stouffer's spinach souffle and cheddar.

        ham, green peppers, onion and cheddar.


        1. Veggo Jan 23, 2011 01:25 PM

          A few I enjoy:
          * swiss cheese, topped with sour cream and salmon roe or flying fish eggs
          *havarti and mushrooms
          *leftover veracruz sauce topping (plum tomato, garlic, onion, pepper strips, sliced green olives, capers, golden raisins)
          *my new experimental is sauteed huitlacoche with poblano rajas, topped with a thin red sauce.
          *ham and asparagus

          1. c oliver Jan 23, 2011 02:00 PM

            Herbs and cheese.

            1. cayjohan Jan 23, 2011 02:25 PM

              Very simple is what's developed into the favorite around here. Omelet in butter (on the looser side), with some fresh thyme and a little grating of parm. Some bitter marmalade on the side. A sprinkle of salt. And lots of pepper if you're my daughter. One of the best 90 second meals in the world.

              I should probably branch out. And buy some more eggs, as some of these combinations sound ridiculously good.

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                debbiel Jan 23, 2011 03:51 PM

                I guess it changes with my mood, but my most common omelet is a spinach-mushroom-goat cheese omelet. That said, as soon as I saw your post title, memories of an amazing cream cheese and blackberry preserves omelet in Charleston, SC (circa 1986?) came back. I'd love to have that in front of me for dinner tonight.

                1. Will Owen Jan 23, 2011 04:58 PM

                  If I'm having lunch, it's my chile relleno omelet - one egg, a canned* split Ortega green chile, patted dry and warmed up with a slice of cheddar or jack cheese on it. Make omelet, lay chile in middle, roll up and plate. Make another one. Spread with some sour cream or Mexican crema, drool on some Pico Pica (hot or taco, depending on mood). Consume thoughtfully.

                  Breakfast for two, a big four-egg job with slivered GOOD ham, shredded cheddar and avocado, and you know some sour cream is nice on that, too.

                  *Yes, I know, but I always have these in the pantry and I usually do this on the spur of the moment.

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                    c oliver Jan 23, 2011 05:18 PM

                    Love that solo lunch.

                    I also only eat 'skinny' omelets. Skinny doesn't mean low cal etc. It means not a honkin' big, overflowing at the seams. I want the primary taste to be the egg. Just my opinion.

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                      jmcarthur8 Jan 24, 2011 08:06 AM


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                        Will Owen Jan 24, 2011 10:29 AM

                        Yes indeed, c oliver. A single-egg omelet is such an easy thing to do, and I've got a lovely small iron skillet with flared rounded sides, exactly the right shape and size. I'd rather have a stack of those than one big fat guy any day.

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                          c oliver Jan 24, 2011 11:24 AM

                          Bob and I frequently share a two egg omelet. This weekend I made a four egg one for daughter, SIL and the two of us. The more eggs the larger diameter skillet.

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                        mariacarmen Jan 23, 2011 06:55 PM

                        THAT lunch omelet actually sounds delicious, as i love chile rellenos and never thought of using the canned one.

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                          opinionatedchef Jan 23, 2011 10:23 PM

                          hmmm delish.
                          my fav filling is:
                          sliced shiitakes sauteed in evoo w/ minced garlic
                          grated truffle cheese or gruyere
                          a little chopped cooked bacon
                          a little sauteed onion
                          s and p

                          'baveuse' as the french say; soft and silky and slightly runny.
                          impossible to find in america? for me, yes.

                        2. chefematician Jan 23, 2011 05:03 PM

                          My all time favorite is a fresh tarragon and chevre omelet.

                          1. bushwickgirl Jan 23, 2011 05:27 PM

                            High end, when I'm flush, Hangtown Fry, cracker crumb breaded fried oysters stuffed into an omelet, served with fried potatoes.

                            On a good day, aspargus, ham, topped with hollandaise.

                            Low end, near broke, clean out the frig, cheddar, onions and bacon.

                            1. MGZ Jan 23, 2011 05:35 PM

                              Wow. lots of great ones listed. For me, I'd say: 1st - Ramps. 2d - Chanterelles. 3d - roasted Hatch chiles. I suppose different seasons and their "vibes" may be the reason behind my rankings.

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                                c oliver Jan 23, 2011 05:49 PM

                                Made me think about morels. I think some of them sauteed in butter would be wonderful in an omelet.

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                                  Passadumkeg Jan 23, 2011 06:14 PM

                                  When in season, I make a my fresh picked chanterelle and sour cream omelet.

                                2. iL Divo Jan 23, 2011 05:43 PM

                                  BORING & not available for years.
                                  Van de Camps cheese omelets.

                                  How does anyone else feel at a brunch where you're about to stand in line for your coveted choice of inner ingredients? I get overwhelmed and usually end up asking for very common ingredients.

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                                    c oliver Jan 23, 2011 05:47 PM

                                    What IS that?

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                                    brooklynkoshereater Jan 23, 2011 06:21 PM

                                    exotic mushrooms, caramelized vidalia onions -

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                                      iL Divo Jan 28, 2011 03:28 PM

                                      I wanna stand on line with you :)

                                    2. amyzan Jan 23, 2011 07:10 PM

                                      Apples with cinnamon sugar and butter is a favorite, especially in fall. Also fond of roasted red peppers mixed with harissa and a mild, creamy cheese (fontina, jack, etc.) Date and pear chutney with chevre or havarti. Oh, and scallions with olive oil breadcrumbs.

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                                        c oliver Jan 23, 2011 07:16 PM

                                        These fruity ones? Are they for breakfast? Doesn't sing to me but I know many like sweets in the AM.

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                                          amyzan Jan 24, 2011 08:28 AM

                                          I can't remember where I saw the original recipe for an apple omelet. I want to say it was a French or French inspired cookbook? It sounded odd to me, too, but I tried it anyway, and found that as long as I'm sparing with the cinnamon sugar and use an apple with tart/sweet and spicy notes, like pink lady, it's really a great combo. I don't know if it's traditionally a breakfast food, might be a dessert? But, I eat it for breakfast and enjoy it then.

                                          ETA: It wasn't difficult to google up, once I started remembering more details of the original recipe. I was wrong, not French, but rather Italian inspired, in Gina DePalma's book Dolce Italiano: http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/20...

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                                            c oliver Jan 24, 2011 08:34 AM

                                            It's growing on me :) I recently had vanilla ice cream with olive oil and salt on it. Maybe some salt?

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                                              amyzan Jan 24, 2011 08:37 AM

                                              I adore salt on ice cream, preferably a crunchy one like Maldon. mmmmm

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                                                iL Divo Jan 28, 2011 03:30 PM

                                                I've recently started adding sea salt to tops of my cookies and my handmade candy it really sets it apart and add that "little tiny" fun salty crunch

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                                                  opinionatedchef May 17, 2011 11:43 PM

                                                  yes, great thinking!

                                              2. re: c oliver
                                                Veggo Jan 24, 2011 10:40 AM

                                                I was gonna say somethin' , but omelet it be.

                                              3. re: amyzan
                                                opinionatedchef Jan 24, 2011 11:22 AM

                                                Fried Apples (apples, bacon fat. period) were a staple at Sunday breakfast at my grandparents' in mid rural Va.( alongside scrambled eggs, batterbread, bacon, sausage.)

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                                                  amyzan Jan 24, 2011 03:41 PM

                                                  Yeah, my paternal grandmother was raised in the Boston Mountains of Arkansas, and served fried apples at breakfast and sometimes for dinner if we had pork chops.

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                                              cayjohan Jan 23, 2011 07:32 PM

                                              amyzan, this date/pear chutney and chevre business is getting my attention. I'm not generally a sweets person (but who am I to talk, putting marmalade on my omelets?), but this sounds great. Home-made date/pear chutney? Something procurable in jars? Sounds like a favor combination I'd like to try.

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                                                amyzan Jan 24, 2011 08:32 AM

                                                I use a recipe from Yamuna Devi's Art of Indian Vegetarian Cooking, and put up a few jars sometimes in the fall. It's a bit tricky to process because it's so thick, but if you get the consistency right, like applesauce, it will keep safely. I didn't do it this fall, though, because I had a busy work schedule. I'm missing the chutney at breakfast this winter. If you're interested, I can look it up and give your the ingredients list this weekend. Let me know.

                                                1. re: amyzan
                                                  cayjohan Jan 24, 2011 11:30 AM

                                                  If it's not too much trouble, yes - I'd love the recipe! It sounds right in our culinary knitting. Plus, I've been boring myself in the kitchen lately and this sounds like a nice flavor avenue to stroll down. Thank you so!


                                                  1. re: cayjohan
                                                    amyzan Jan 30, 2011 07:34 AM

                                                    Sorry it's taken me so long-busy week, then threat of snow forced me into more errands than usual on Saturday. From Yamuna Devi's cookbook:

                                                    1/2 tsp. crushed dried red chilies (I pick out the seeds, but you may like the heat)
                                                    1 Tbsp. peeled, microplaned fresh ginger root
                                                    1/2 Tbsp. orange zest
                                                    1/4 tsp. crushed cardamom seed (from green pods)
                                                    2 inch piece cinnamon stick
                                                    2 Tbsp. (30 ml) ghee (can use oil, if you prefer)
                                                    1/2 c. (120 ml) fresh orange juice (I use apple juice frequently, since that's what we more commonly have, and add a tsp of apple cider vinegar)
                                                    1/4 c. (40 g) maple or brown sugar, packed, or jaggery (I use the latter mostly)
                                                    2 1/2 pounds (1.5 kg) peeled, quartered, cored, and sliced 1/2 inch thick bosc or d'anjou pears
                                                    1/2 c. (95 g) pitted soft dates, in 1/2 inch pieces (I like barhi or medjool best)
                                                    1/3 c. (40 g) broken toasted pecans

                                                    Yields 3 half pint jars, roughly

                                                    Place the chilies, ginger, orange zest, cardamom, and cinnamon in a small saucer or bowl near the stove top. In a 3 quart saucepan, warm the ghee on low. Add the combined spices and fry for a minute or two until you can smell them. Add the juice and sugar and stir to dissolve the sugar. Stir in the pears, bring up to a simmer, and cook until syrupy and beginning to thicken, maybe half an hour, stirring frequently in the last fifteen minutes. (A heavy saucepan will help prevent scorching, too.) Remove from heat and stir in dates and pecans, then cool to room temperature. (If you are putting it up, remove cinnamon stick and jar and process while boiling hot.) This chutney can be served immediately, but is better the next day, and will keep refrigerated for up to 4 days.

                                                    1. re: amyzan
                                                      cayjohan Jan 31, 2011 09:40 AM

                                                      That sounds spectacular! And the chilies? We've been on a heat-binge here lately, so this is one easy sell!

                                                      Seems like a good antidote to unseemly amounts of winter. Thanks for the recipe! Cay

                                                      1. re: cayjohan
                                                        cayjohan May 16, 2011 04:56 PM

                                                        Just made this a couple weeks ago - very good flavor, and yes: great on an omelet! (Used some with crepes, too - very nice. It's a keeper.)

                                                        I used the orange juice option, upped the amount of zest a bit (and maybe the ginger, too...), used clarified butter versus ghee, used maple sugar because I had some, and left out the pecans because I didn't have any. But it was still delicious. I froze a bit of mine, and it weathered the ride fine.

                                                        I may play with upping the heat a bit (or maybe my chiles were a little less-than). Nice flavors - thanks again for the suggestion!

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                                                          amyzan May 17, 2011 10:22 PM

                                                          I'm so glad you liked it! I love that cookbook, though some of the preparation is time consuming.

                                                      2. re: amyzan
                                                        opinionatedchef May 17, 2011 11:46 PM

                                                        "will keep refrigerated for up to 4 days" ??? looks to me like it will keep, refigerated, 4 years. nothing to go bad, really. Delic recipe;thanks for sharing.

                                                2. re: amyzan
                                                  Emme Jan 24, 2011 08:57 PM

                                                  for a savory take with apples, try pairing them with butternut squash, onions, arugula and brie.

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                                                    opinionatedchef May 17, 2011 11:56 PM

                                                    or sub extra sharp cheddar for brie, and add bacon!

                                                3. nomadchowwoman Jan 23, 2011 07:26 PM

                                                  Mushroom and gruyere
                                                  Chive and cheddar
                                                  Ham, onion, cheddar, spinach

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                                                    c oliver Jan 23, 2011 07:28 PM

                                                    #1 and #2 of those.

                                                  2. OCEllen Jan 23, 2011 07:32 PM

                                                    MINT does not go with eggs! (Actually mint doesn't go with anything...)

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                                                      bushwickgirl Jan 23, 2011 08:10 PM

                                                      Oh, no mojito for you!

                                                      But I do agree, no green minty flavored eggs and ham.

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                                                        Passadumkeg Jan 24, 2011 01:11 AM

                                                        It's all Greek to me. Mint & feta w/ sweet lobster? Yum. I used to own a B&B on an off shore Maine Island. We had Greek guests for a big wedding on the island. I did a shore dinner (lobster bake) the evening before. In the morning, in recognition of our Greek guests, I picked the lobster bodies for meat, had feta in the fridge and went out into the garden for fresh mint and viola, the Greek omelet was born. Still one of my "flavorites" on a Maine summer morning.
                                                        Lobster and chanterelle omelet.
                                                        Sorry you are a mintophobe, you miss a lot, my little lamb.

                                                      2. mcel215 Jan 24, 2011 01:25 AM

                                                        Sliced Buffalo Mozzarella, chopped (seeded) fresh tomato and julienned sliced basil. Here in Boston, only in the summer time. And I am yearning for Spring. This Winter has been brutal.

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                                                          hyacinthgirl Jan 28, 2011 01:56 PM

                                                          I love that one and do it often.

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                                                          lulou23 Jan 24, 2011 08:34 AM

                                                          Herbs de provence, whatever cheese I have on hand, and mushrooms with balsamic drizzled over the omelet.

                                                          1. Passadumkeg Jan 24, 2011 11:02 AM

                                                            Smoked salmon and cream cheese w/ a dollop of caviar on top.

                                                            1. ChefJune Jan 24, 2011 12:03 PM

                                                              I have so many "favorites" when it comes to omelets I'm not sure I could mention them all! One for sure is sauteed mushrooms, and spinach, finished with grated Comte cheese. ;)

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                                                                jbsiegel Jan 24, 2011 03:53 PM

                                                                Don't laugh... tuna fish and american cheese, maybe some onions too.

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                                                                  Sensuous Jan 26, 2011 10:52 AM

                                                                  Have you ever had canned salmon with your eggs?

                                                                2. Sensuous Jan 26, 2011 10:50 AM

                                                                  Spinach and feta.

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                                                                    sweetpotater Jan 27, 2011 08:46 PM

                                                                    Smoked salmon (not lox, the good subtle stuff here in Seattle), fresh dill, dollops of cream cheeese, the end.

                                                                    1. cookingasshole Jan 27, 2011 08:47 PM

                                                                      hot smoked salmon, cream cheese, and jalapeno (or green onion)

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                                                                        eight_inch_pestle Jan 28, 2011 11:18 AM

                                                                        That's one of our favorite ways with slow-cooked scrambled eggs, altho with spinach or sorrel in place of the chile/onion.

                                                                      2. eight_inch_pestle Jan 27, 2011 11:29 PM

                                                                        Stellar question. So hard to choose. I guess at the moment I would vote for (1) plain with a little parsley or other fresh herb, and (2) cubes of roasted delicata squash with crispy crumbled bacon, fresh rosemary, and some shaved parmigiano reggiano.

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                                                                          eight_inch_pestle Jan 28, 2011 11:24 AM

                                                                          I should add---since it's too late to edit---that omelets are probably our favorite way to use up fresh herbs. We almost always have a few half-filled plastic containers of rosemary or sage or thyme or chives sitting around in the fridge in need of using. We like to really pile in a mixture so it is as much about the herb as it's about the egg. Makes a fast and cheap dinner, and since it is an omelet it even feels a little cosmopolitan for something pulled out of your butt. Especially with a little white wine or champagne or a nice IPA.

                                                                          1. re: eight_inch_pestle
                                                                            c oliver Jan 28, 2011 01:31 PM

                                                                            Do you saute the herbs first? I'm not sure I'd like biting into even a tiny piece of rosemary.

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                                                                              eight_inch_pestle Jan 28, 2011 03:57 PM

                                                                              So I guess no rosemary-crusted beef or pork roasts for you, eh? I've really gone head-over-heels for the stuff since moving to Seattle---it grows like year-round gangbusters in front yards and parking strips all over the city. There's a bush the size of VW around the corner from our place. But I can see where your coming from...

                                                                              Anyhow, sauteing depends on the mood and the herbs. Sometimes I'll infuse the butter with a little sage or rosemary or bay or thyme (or a combination), which may or may not get thrown in the compost bin once it's done its job. Sometimes a smashed garlic clove perfumes the butter, too, before being dispatched to the composter.

                                                                              Then a bunch of fresh herbs get tossed in just before flipping, sometimes with a little cheese or tomato or whatever needs to be used up---even a little lump crab meat. Sometimes I snip thyme or whatever in with the heavy cream and beaten eggs, too. It's nice to layer varying degrees of freshness.

                                                                              1. re: eight_inch_pestle
                                                                                c oliver Jan 28, 2011 05:50 PM

                                                                                Oh, I love rosemary and cook with it regularly. But I've don't believe I've had it "raw." Like you, when we lived in SF and S. Oregon, I would attack it with loppers. I would take it as hostess gifts :) Others uncooked are fine. I've have to try a little rosemary.

                                                                        2. soypower Jan 28, 2011 12:12 AM

                                                                          I often have omelets for lunch. Let's be honest, I often have omelets for breakfast and dinner also. Some of my favorite combinations are:

                                                                          -Kimchi & monterey jack (Dont' knock it til you try it!)
                                                                          -Anything with fresh spinach and/or sausage
                                                                          -Sundried tomatoes, black olives (the mild kind you find in a can at the supermarket) and mozzarella.
                                                                          -Corn, shredded chicken, monrey jack cheese, scallions and chopped jalepenos. Topped with pico de gallo.

                                                                          A Laotion friend of mine used to make a wonderfully fluffly omelette topped with cilantro, chopped thai peppers and then fish sauce drizzled over top. Insanely good with sticky rice. I still have dreams about that.

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                                                                            opinionatedchef Jan 28, 2011 12:40 AM

                                                                            that lao omelet sounds terrific. i'll have to try that. thnx much.

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                                                                              soypower Jan 28, 2011 08:55 AM

                                                                              I forgot to mention the lime juice. Just squeeze a little on top after the fish sauce. Makes a huge difference! I'm going to have to see if I can track down that friend and have myself over for lunch..

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                                                                              Passadumkeg Jan 28, 2011 03:45 AM

                                                                              Kim chi, the Korean wonder food!

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                                                                                Borderbumble Apr 16, 2011 08:36 PM

                                                                                OOOHHH!!! I need to try this! And I won't forget the Lime!!

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                                                                                jeanmarieok Jan 28, 2011 05:35 AM

                                                                                My current favorite -

                                                                                potato, onion, spinach, mushroom and sharp cheddar, topped with good pico de gallo.

                                                                                1. chef chicklet Jan 28, 2011 11:03 AM

                                                                                  sometimes i like bean sprouts with baby shrimp, scallions, mushrooms and bok choy. Light sauce over the top....wait, is that egg foo yung

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                                                                                    eight_inch_pestle Jan 28, 2011 11:06 AM

                                                                                    Who cares when it sounds so egg foo yummy?

                                                                                  2. mamachef Jan 28, 2011 01:11 PM

                                                                                    Mine would have to be marinated asparagus with gruyere and herbs, topped off with a little drizzle of brown butter hollandaise. I had that at an omelette house in Mendo. and have since stolen it. Mr. will order a Denver every.single.time, unless we're at a place that lets you design your own, in which case he will do some pretty outre stuff. I recall a sardine omelette and a kimchi omelette. Sardines; sad loss. Kimchi; total winner.

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                                                                                      c oliver Jan 28, 2011 01:34 PM

                                                                                      Marinated asparagus isn't ringing a bell with me. I've seen marinated artichoke hearts and pickled asparagus. I'll have to look for that.

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                                                                                        mamachef Jan 28, 2011 01:39 PM

                                                                                        It was house-marinated, at Cafe Beaujolais. Now, when I have leftover asparagus (admittedly a next-to-never-ever occurence) I just toss it into a little vinaigrette and we have brunch the next day!

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                                                                                          c oliver Jan 28, 2011 02:00 PM

                                                                                          Glad to know about that. SaveMart had them for 97 cents a pound recently. Just steaming them they weren't a hit. Bitter. I was thinking I'd roast some tonight. Leftovers in an omelette sounds very good.

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                                                                                        opinionatedchef Jan 28, 2011 02:16 PM

                                                                                        Mendo is not mendocino, correct?

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                                                                                          mamachef Jan 28, 2011 02:25 PM

                                                                                          Mendo. is, absolutely, Mendocino Ca. The only reason I'm allowed to abbreviate that is because I'm a local there (or was. ) : )

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                                                                                            opinionatedchef Jan 28, 2011 02:42 PM

                                                                                            gee, i'm not aware of an omelet house there."of what do you speaketh, fair lady?"!

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                                                                                              mamachef Jan 28, 2011 03:23 PM

                                                                                              Misnomer and mixup. I had the asparagus omelette at Cafe Beaujolais; the others were consumed at the Omelette shop in Santa Rosa, downtown in Railroad square.

                                                                                      3. hyacinthgirl Jan 28, 2011 02:00 PM

                                                                                        I do a lot of the "clean out the fridge" omelets which lead to random discoveries of awesome.

                                                                                        My favorites have been:
                                                                                        lightly sauteed arugala, slivered cremini mushrooms and ricotta salata

                                                                                        sauteed asparagus, tomatos, red onions, fresh basil and buratta


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                                                                                          c oliver Jan 28, 2011 02:03 PM

                                                                                          I like topping things, i.e., pizza with arugula but when it gets rather long in the tooth, a little saute is a good idea and so is that omelet

                                                                                        2. amyzan Jan 30, 2011 07:43 AM

                                                                                          I almost forgot about omu raisu, which we mostly have for dinner, but it qualifies as an omelet, a delicious omelet. It's basically ketchup dressed fried rice with chicken, peas, and onion or scallion inside an omelet. I sometimes make it with chile sauce instead of ketchup, and have made variations on the fried rice to complement the heat: bacon, kimchi, pickled radish are a few faves. Highly recommended.

                                                                                          1. c oliver Jan 31, 2011 08:36 AM

                                                                                            We've become addicted recently to chicharrones en salsa verde which we can buy at a Latino market for $7/# and get 3 meals for 2 out of it. This morning I took the last bit, heated it up and served eggs over easy on top of it. I think next time I'll use some in or on an omelet. It's fantastic and a little goes a very long way. Along with some fresh corn tortillas fried lightly in lard.

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                                                                                              opinionatedchef May 17, 2011 11:53 PM

                                                                                              c o , YOU are a very dangerous person. sounds just terrible :-)
                                                                                              I keep some wonderful local papusas revuelta( beans, cheese and pork, mashed and mixed together, as the filling)in my freezer. Quick defrost, weighted so get crispy-in a non stick pan; serve topped w/ any style eggs or omelet.

                                                                                            2. goodhealthgourmet Apr 16, 2011 09:15 PM

                                                                                              i eat omelets and frittate all the time, so this is one of those "please don't make me choose!" questions for me :)

                                                                                              but any of these is guaranteed to make me happy:
                                                                                              - balsamic-marinated mushrooms, caramelized onion, oven-roasted tomatoes, goat cheese & fresh basil
                                                                                              - roasted red pepper, artichoke hearts, spinach, feta & oregano
                                                                                              - curried vegetables & harissa
                                                                                              - ratatouille & goat cheese
                                                                                              - bell pepper, zucchini, onion, chile (jalapeno, chipotle or serrano depending on my mood), cotija or queso fresco, and fresh cilantro
                                                                                              - bacon, tomato & cheddar
                                                                                              - asparagus, wild mushrooms, pecorino or parm, & herbs

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                                                                                                opinionatedchef May 18, 2011 12:00 AM

                                                                                                ghg, i WANT to live next to you.

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                                                                                                  goodhealthgourmet May 18, 2011 01:30 PM

                                                                                                  that's so sweet of you to say! and if you did, you'd most certainly have a seat at my table :)

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                                                                                                    opinionatedchef May 18, 2011 10:43 PM

                                                                                                    < 3,000 miles later> Now what was that address again?? :-)

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                                                                                                      goodhealthgourmet May 19, 2011 10:24 AM

                                                                                                      ha! seriously, if you're ever in LA let me know and we'll do a Chow meetup.

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                                                                                                ChiliDude May 15, 2011 09:51 AM

                                                                                                Le frittate (that's plural for those of you unfamiliar with the Italian language). They're good with a mixture sauteed aromatics as well as being a good way to use leftovers.

                                                                                                1. iL Divo May 15, 2011 04:33 PM

                                                                                                  BLT's are good. Let the omelet part set up for the most part then add your crumbled bacon, chopped fresh red leaf or arugula and chopped tomatoes tiny bit of mozzarella and broken up croutons then flip to close heat to melt the cheese barely and serve

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                                                                                                    c oliver May 15, 2011 09:35 PM

                                                                                                    As I slide onto the plate, I fold it over then.

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                                                                                                      eight_inch_pestle May 16, 2011 05:41 PM

                                                                                                      Sometimes I like to do the double-fold. Flip with the pan to make the first one, then make the second as the omelet slides onto the plate.

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                                                                                                        c oliver May 16, 2011 06:37 PM

                                                                                                        But MY way, it LOOKS bigger :) Also I'm clumsy and don't set myself up for unnecessary failures.

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                                                                                                          eight_inch_pestle May 16, 2011 07:36 PM

                                                                                                          Oh, the occasional failures are half the fun! Gotta live life on the spatula's edge, c oliver!

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                                                                                                            c oliver May 16, 2011 08:06 PM

                                                                                                            Life on the spatula's edge. Is that THE most perfect CH slogan? BTW, our SEA daughter is expecting her first child so we'll be in your nabe ALOT next year.

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                                                                                                              eight_inch_pestle May 17, 2011 02:10 PM

                                                                                                              Hey, Congratulations! Lemme know if you want more recs...although I have to admit I find myself at Matt's bar a higher and higher percentage of time.

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                                                                                                    KitchenBug May 15, 2011 09:41 PM

                                                                                                    My favourite is a healthy option, really easy, and really yummy, so I can enjoy it a few times a week :)

                                                                                                    I go with 2 eggs + 2 egg whites, filled with:
                                                                                                    50g of baby spinach, 40g diced cherry tomatoes, 40g diced red capsicum, 40g diced mushrooms and 20g diced onion (all cooked up together with a bit of olive oil and rock salt). Once the omlette is cooked on both sides, I spread around 30g of ricotta and 15g grated parmesan cheese over the omlette, top with the cooked veggies, add in about 25g of diced avocado and a bit more salt, fold it over and EAT!!!

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                                                                                                      c oliver May 15, 2011 09:49 PM

                                                                                                      In my house that is easily enough to feed two :)

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                                                                                                        goodhealthgourmet May 15, 2011 10:01 PM

                                                                                                        it seems like an awful lot of food at first glance, but it's actually a reasonable low-carb meal for a normal adult. KitchenBug didn't specify whether s/he adds fat to the pan to cook the eggs, but with the ingredients as listed in the post, the omelet runs about 250 cals, with a 40/40/20 breakdown for protein, fat & carbs.

                                                                                                        EDIT: i lied. actually, i miscalculated - i spaced and was thinking about my usual 1 whole egg plus 2 whites. comes in at more like 350 cals.

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                                                                                                          c oliver May 15, 2011 10:04 PM

                                                                                                          I hear ya. But I make a two egg omelet that Bob and I share and it's plenty. That was my only point.

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                                                                                                            goodhealthgourmet May 15, 2011 10:09 PM

                                                                                                            see my edit. oops :)

                                                                                                            but i assume you & Bob eat something *with* the omelet? a single egg isn't much of a meal! i usually do 1 whole plus 2 whites, plenty of veggies, and occasionally a little cheese.

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                                                                                                              c oliver May 15, 2011 10:17 PM

                                                                                                              We share a really huge piece of sourdough toast. With butter :)

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                                                                                                                goodhealthgourmet May 15, 2011 10:40 PM

                                                                                                                ah, see, it makes sense now. have an extra bite (or two) for me next time! ;)

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                                                                                                                  c oliver May 16, 2011 07:14 AM

                                                                                                                  When we have a couple of houseguests I'll make a four-egg version in a quite wide skillet and then slice in four wedges. These are VERY thin. I'm sure no one would guess they're only getting one egg each :) We really like eggs alot for breakfast so we get what we want without overdoing it. We overdo it plenty anyway.

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                                                                                                            KitchenBug May 15, 2011 11:28 PM

                                                                                                            Woops! My bad, yes, I use a quick 3sec cooking oil spray - I usually work in kJ, but for the Americans, it actually comes to approximately 300 calories for the lot (around 1260kJ) and keeps me going for a good 3 hours before I'm getting peckish again :)

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                                                                                                              goodhealthgourmet May 16, 2011 11:43 AM

                                                                                                              ah, then i'm guessing you use medium eggs, not large...and i figured you were a metric person - the gram measurements gave it away ;)

                                                                                                      2. iL Divo May 16, 2011 08:30 AM

                                                                                                        Sitting down @ restaurant where I just picked up my omelet from the fresh omelet bar.
                                                                                                        Options are posted. I ordered it just like my subway sandwich order.
                                                                                                        All vegetables no cheese, dddddddddlish.

                                                                                                        1. alliegator May 16, 2011 12:36 PM

                                                                                                          Thai style crab fried rice (usually from leftovers) rolled into a very thin omelet topped with a bit of sweet chili sauce and crispy fried shallots. One of my heaven-on-a-plate dishes.
                                                                                                          Another standby for me is prosciutto and arugula topped with hollandaise.

                                                                                                          1. Jay F May 17, 2011 07:57 AM

                                                                                                            Cheddar cheese, sour cream, and dill.

                                                                                                            Or cheddar cheese and sour cream, with chili on top. That's what I had for breakfast this morning.

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