Despite my repeated chiding to my kids that “he’s not my father”, I ended up preparing breakfast for my husband today with just some minimal sous chef assistance from his offspring. Kind of my fault — I suggested omelettes instead of the usual pancakes or waffles, which the kids could have cooked all by themselves. Oh well – the omelette turned out so yummy that hubby wanted another mini version of the original, which we photographed so I could write about it.
The trick, I think, was my secret ingredient. I had some chopped pancetta that I bought packaged at Trader Joe’s. So I sauteed that up until it was crispy and brown, rather than typical slab bacon or even sausage. Then I sauteed up a sweet maui onion in the reserved pancetta fat (Emeril would be proud). From there I sauteed up some baby spinach with a little olive oil and salt and pepper, being careful to drain any moisture at the end so the spinach didn’t make the omelette watery. And last, I had my daughter cut some grape tomatoes in half and I sauteed them briefly with a little salt and pepper just to soften them a bit.
For the eggs, I added a little milk and salt and pepper. I used a 10 inch non-stick pan on medium, pouring about 1/2 of the 9 eggs into it. I let it cook for about a minute and then started pushing the sides in to let the uncooked egg float to the outside. When the top had just a little bit of moisture left I started layering in the filling – first the pancetta, then spinach, tomatoes, and avocado and finally some shredded cheddar cheese. Then I folded each side in, cut it in half and we served it with toast and fresh cantaloupe and raspberries.
Verdict from the guy that’s not my father? Best omelette he’s ever had and he’s actually the expert omelette maker in our house. So I made him another mini-version which you can see pictured here. This one came out real crispy on the outside, more than the original. But he loved it this way.
So next time you get the urge for an omelette – good for breakfast, lunch, or dinner – change up one of the ingredients a little and see what happens. You might end up with something that’s OMG! Yummy.
Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there!