Back in my younger days, one of my favorite things to do with friends was head over to Shoney’s on Wednesday nights because that was the night where they served their breakfast buffet for dinner. To a teenager this was pure bliss - all of my favorite foods and no one had to get up early to enjoy them. Of course there was never a shortage of volunteers to join our breakfast group and our night out became a tradition I carried forward after I got married. We kept it up for quite some time, until babies and schedules slowly took precedence and squeezed out our beloved french toast sticks. I’m still a huge fan of breakfast for dinner, though, and since I have already brought you my kid’s favorite pancakes, today I thought I’d show you my favorite omelet – and the super easy way to make it.
To make my omelet you’ll need: Eggs, Cheese, Ham, Milk, and frozen Pepper/Onion blend.
My ingredients are really simple, but you can customize your omelet to your own tastes. Isn’t that the cool thing about omelets?
I love onions and bell peppers - I also love shortcuts, so sometimes I just buy just buy this bagged mix of them unless I already have the peppers on hand. You can often find a mix of onions and bell peppers in the freezer section under the name of seasoning mix or pepper and onion blend.
I’m using cheddar cheese but you can also substitute your favorite cheese as well. I think an omelet with roast beef, peppers, and mozzarella would be divine. I gotta get around to do that one day.
Crack all your eggs into the bowl.
Now listen, I know this recipe calls for eight but if you only have six, just go ahead and make it with six, don’t go running out to the store to get more eggs just for this. I think the best dishes are the ones you make do with, that is how all of the good Southern recipes came about anyhow.
Pour in your milk.
I’m using whole if if you have 2% or even skim those will work also.
Whip it, whip it good!
If you just smiled and did a little dance when you read that, you dated just dated yourself!
~smiles and does a little dance~
dump in cheese
and chopped ham
If you don’t have leftover ham, you can just dice up some lunch meat and it’ll be fine.
You can also leave the ham out entirely, goodness knows this has enough protein with the eggs and cheese.
Add in your peppers and onions. I use about a cup of the mixed variety.
Mix that up as well.
Here is my 8×8 pan, already sprayed with cooking spray.
I wanted to take a photo of me spraying it with spray but it wasn’t the sunniest of days and so I was using a light to get these shots. Well, as it turned out the best location for the light to avoid shadows was on top of my head. Seeing as how my head is round, I was balancing the light and holding it there with one hand and holding the camera with the other, I also had to hold my tongue just right and bending my left pinky toe in order to appease the photography gods and since I’m still waiting on delivery of that third arm, you didn’t get the shot of me holding the can of cooking spray. I knew you’d understand though :).
By the way, one of my campaign promises when I run for President is that I’m gonna work out a way for every mother to grow an extra arm for each child she has. Judging from the things I try to juggle each day, I think I was meant to have at least four.
Pour that all in.
Wasn’t that easy?
Now, instead of standing over the stove and watching this cook in a skillet, all we have to do is pop it in the oven and go watch Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman. Today’s episode is the one where Johnny Cash and June Carter guest star! Yeah, that was a good one.
Bake in a 350 degree oven for about forty minutes, or until it no longer wiggles in the middle when you shake it a bit.
Dinner’s ready! I like to have mine with a dollop of sour cream on top.
Customize your omelet! Substitute a cup of your favorite veggies for the onion and bell pepper blend, use your favorite shredded cheese in place of the cheddar, and add in bacon or sausage in place of the ham – or leave it out altogether!
“Be pretty if you can, witty if you must, and gracious if it kills you.”
Submitted by Becky. Be sure to visit my Give A Penny page to read more and add your own!