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Best Ingredient Ideas for Making Omelets

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My breakfast this morning!

My breakfast this morning!

Omelets Can Be Created With So Many Fillings!

I love omelets! My favorite ingredients are mushrooms and cheese. I also like chopped onions, jalapeños, tomatoes, ham, sausage, bacon—the list goes on. Really, you can use whatever you have on hand and whatever you're in the mood for. I often put sour cream and salsa on top. This article will give you lots of ideas for meat, cheese, and vegetable fillings, as well as yummy toppings to round out your healthy breakfast.

Omelet or Omelette?

How is the word spelled? It appears that only American English prefers "omelet" rather than "omelette," which is of French origin.

How to Make an Omelet

First, before you start filling your omelet, let's make sure you know how to make one. I make mine with three eggs mixed with a little milk (maybe 1/4th cup), salt, and pepper. Pour into a small non-stick pan that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Cook a few minutes until most of the runny mixture is cooked.

At this point, put all the ingredients you've decided on one side of the omelet. Fold over the other side and let cook until egg is done and fillings are tender. When I use onions, bell peppers, and mushrooms, I put those in pretty early to make sure they get cooked enough.

Okay, let's move on to the good part—what fillings and toppings to use.

Meat Options for Omelets

Here are some meat options to put on your omelet:

  • bacon
  • ham
  • sausage
  • lunchmeat (bologna, salami)
  • hot dogs? (Be creative!)

Veggie Omelet: Mushrooms, Bell Peppers, Scallions, and Cheese

I put the heavier ingredients on one side and a few lighter ones on the other. The lighter side cooks faster and is easier to get the spatula under to fold over the other side.

I put the heavier ingredients on one side and a few lighter ones on the other. The lighter side cooks faster and is easier to get the spatula under to fold over the other side.

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Vegetable Options for Omelets

Vegetables taste great in omelets. Here are some possibilities:

  • mushrooms
  • tomatoes
  • bell peppers: green, red, orange, and yellow
  • onions: white, yellow, red, or green (scallions)
  • spinach
  • alfalfa sprouts
  • avocado

Cheese and other fillings

Cheese, to me, is a must-have in any omelet. Any kind will do—cheddar, Monterey Jack, Swiss, Pepper Jack, Mozzarella, or Velveeta or other processed cheese. Listed below are some other additions, too.

  • cheese
  • black olives
  • jalapeños
  • pepperoncinis or banana peppers
  • garlic

Toppings for Omelets

Once you've decided on what goes in your omelet, you can decide what to plop on top. Here are some options:

  • salsa
  • green salsa
  • sour cream
  • Ranch dressing

Putting It All Together in an Omelet

Now, let's put together some of these combinations.

  • Mushroom Omelet: This omelet, while simple, would have to be about my favorite. I love cooked mushrooms. Use fresh, not canned, and add cheese. I like onions with this one, too, and fresh garlic or garlic salt is another option. I like to top this one with sour cream. I have also made Hollandaise sauce for this omelet, an idea I got from a restaurant. Green salsa is also yummy on this omelet.
  • Bacon and Tomato Omelet: Crumble cooked bacon, chopped tomatoes, and choice of cheese. Top with sour cream or Ranch dressing.
  • Veggie Omelet: Load up your omelet with chopped veggies. The best choices are bell peppers, tomatoes, onions, mushrooms, and, of course, cheese! Adding black olives and jalapeños are also a tasty addition. This omelet is good with red or green salsa, along with sour cream. Use some or all of these choices.
  • Spinach Omelet: I love these! Add spinach, along with items such as onions, mushrooms, and garlic. And cheese, of course!
  • Avocado Omelet: This is a unique omelet that I recently created. Slice an avocado to fill omelet. Add cheese and alfalfa sprouts. Top with choice of toppings. Experiment with this one!
  • Meat Lovers' Omelet: Fill omelet with choice or a mixture of bacon, sausage, and ham. Add cheese. This is a good simple omelet like this. Loving veggies, though, I would add onions and bell peppers to this mixture, possibly mushrooms, too. Consider jalapeños for spice. Top this hearty omelet with sour cream and salsa for a great meal!

Try these omelet combinations or create your own. And keep in mind that omelets are not only a breakfast option; you can try them for lunch or dinner, too!

Folding Omelet Pan

© 2012 Victoria Lynn

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