Best Ingredient Ideas for Making Omelets
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 runny mixture is cooked.
At this point, put all the ingredients you've decided on 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:
- lunchmeat (bologna, salami)
- hot dogs? (Be creative!)
Veggie Omelet: mushrooms, bell peppers, scallions, and cheese
Vegetable Options for Omelets
Vegetables taste great in omelets. Here are some possibilities:
- bell peppers: green, red, orange, and yellow
- onions: white, yellow, red, or green (scallions)
- alfalfa sprouts
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.
- black olives
- pepperoncinis or banana peppers
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:
- 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. 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
I generally put most of my ingredients on once side of the omelet before folding the lighter side over. The cheese is usually the only item that I spread all the way across the surface of the egg mixture in the pan. While you can use a regular frying pan, preferably something with some kind of non-stick surface, there are also folding pans to make cooking the perfect omelet much easier. Avoid the guess work of where to place items on the egg mixture in your pan. This pan will make the process much simpler!
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