Wednesday, March 18, 2009

no mess omelette... eggs easy, but not over

You're stranded on a desert island. You can only pick 713 things to have with you. (what to choose, what to choose)

Number one on my list would be a chicken.... because eggs are probably my most favorite food. Now I'm a city girl and I don't know nuthin' 'bout birthin chicken eggs, so if I need a rooster to ensure my daily yolk, please add a very handsome rooster to my list too. Might as well throw a McDonald's coffee tree and an english muffin bush into the mix as well. There... now I'm happy.

Omelettes are a staple in my life. High in protein and relatively low in fat, (especially if you substitute egg whites for some or all of your egg product,) you have a breakfast that will stick with you for much longer than if your breakfast consists mainly of simple carbohydrates ... toast, cereal, etc.

The caveat? Unless you possess a pan that is specifically made for omelettes, chances are you're going to be sloshing eggs over the side of your skillet as you attempt to stir, cook, flip and set them to your desired degree of doneness. My solution to this is:

No Flip, No Mess Omelettes

Ingredients:

Assorted vegetables and/or meats to your liking, diced finely and sauteed in a small amount of olive oil. Remove from pan and set aside.
3/4 cup egg substitute or 3 eggs, lightly beaten
salt, pepper
Your favorite cheese, shredded (make sure you've added it to the list of things you'll have with you on your desert island)

Spray cooking spray in same pan used to saute veggies/meats, and then pour in 3/4 cup egg white substitute (or 3 whole eggs.) Season with salt and pepper and allow to cook over medium heat until bubbling and sides are starting to pull away from pan. Sprinkle 1-2 tsps of water over eggs and immediately cover pan with lid. Reduce heat a bit. Within 30-60 seconds the steam will finish cooking and setting the eggs. Remove lid and add reserved veggies/meats and cheese. Slide onto plate and flip over in half if you're anal retentive and demand that your omelette be served that way.

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