Omelette for Two

One of my favorite things about Saturday mornings is making breakfast. During the week, we’re both up early and on to work by 8 o’clock; breakfast consists of a cup of tea at my desk and a banana or packet of instant oatmeal, an effort to stay healthy but not really a meal. But on Saturdays, I can make those muffins I saw on Pinterest or the sausage I just picked up at market and watch TV in my bathrobe until 11am!

Last weekend, I had all the ingredients to make one of our favorite Saturday morning meals, an omelette for two. I found this recipe in my Barefoot Contessa at Home cookbook a few years ago and have been making it with different variations of ingredients ever since. It’s light and fluffy like an omelette but it makes a lot more and is less temperamental since it puffs up in the oven. What’s better is that you can make it with anything you happen to have one hand. For this recipe, I stuck to the ingredients called for, bacon, onion, cheese and potato.

Start by chopping up the ingredients and preheating the oven.

Heat a frying pan over medium low heat and cook the bacon slowly for about 10 minutes.

Remove the bacon to drain on paper towels and add the butter. Once melted add the potatoes and yellow onion. Cook over medium-low heat until the potato begins to brown and the onion is translucent, another 10 minutes. Add the bacon back to the pan.

While the potato and onion are cooking, beat the eggs and milk together until well combined. Add the cheese to the mixture and some salt and pepper.

Once the bacon has been added back to the potato mixture, pour the egg and cheese mixture over it.

Place the pan into the oven and cook for about 20 minutes until the egg is fluffy and just cooked through.

Slice and enjoy with a side of fruit and a cup of your favorite hot beverage!

Like I said, use any ingredients you have on hand. A few days ago, I used green peppers, onions, mushrooms and cheese to make a different one.

Here’s the recipe from Foodnetwork.com:

Omelette for Two
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Author: Ina Garten
Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 40 mins
Total time: 50 mins
Serves: 2-4
Ingredients
  • 1/4 pound good thick-cut bacon
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 cup medium-diced Yukon gold potato
  • 1/2 cup chopped yellow onion
  • 1 tablespoon minced jalapeno pepper
  • 5 extra-large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons milk or cream
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped scallions, white and green parts
  • 4 ounces extra-sharp Cheddar, diced, plus extra grated cheese, for garnish
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Cut the bacon crosswise in 1-inch slices. Cook the bacon in an 8-inch ovenproof saute pan over medium-low heat for 5 to 7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until browned. Drain the bacon on paper towels and discard the fat from the pan. Add the butter to the pan, and then add the potato and yellow onion. Cook over medium-low heat for about 10 minutes, tossing occasionally, until the onion starts to brown and the potato is tender but firm. Add the jalapeno pepper and cook for 30 seconds.
  3. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, beat the eggs, milk, salt, and pepper together with a fork. Stir in the scallions and diced Cheddar. When the potato is cooked, add the bacon to the pan and pour over the egg mixture. Place the pan in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes, until the omelet puffs and the eggs are almost cooked in the center. Sprinkle with a handful of grated Cheddar and bake for another minute. Serve hot directly from the pan.

Top 10 Kitchen Must-Haves

This is a small guest blog I wrote for a local Lancaster, Pa DJ company, ProVolve Entertainment. These guys have been building their business a lot in the past year and asked me to put together a a top 10 list or kitchen items to register for, for engaged couples. Here’s the first look at the post I did for them, perhaps there are a few engaged people reading Red Velvet that could use this advice to!

RED VELVET Top 10 Kitchen Must-Haves

I remember when we registered for our wedding gifts. I mean, not only are you psyched to be getting married, planning a wedding, in love and sporty a sparkly new engagement ring but you get to choose things for other people to buy you! JACK POT! This is single-handedly the best thing about getting married, the worst may be when certain friends or relatives choose to purchase a gift “off the list” (especially if you can’t figure out where to return it). But let’s not think about that scenario, lets concentrate on all the wonderful things you want, actually all the wonderful thing you truly need.

Here is the Red Velvet Blog approved list of the Top 10 registry items for your kitchen.

1. Stainless Steel Pots and Pans set – Everyone needs a good basic set of pots. I recommend going with All Clad, they consistently get great reviews for even heating and life of the pot. Register for a 10-14 piece set and you’ll have these pots for life. They are an investment but don’t get sweet talked into a fancy non-stick coatings; you really only need non-stick on one frying pan for eggs and such.

2. Non-stick Fry pan- As stated above, you need one non-stick frying pan. Register for a large one so you can cook all sorts of things in it; eggs, pancakes, crepes are all great for this pan.

 

 

 

 

Seasoned Cast Iron3. Cast Iron Fry Pan w/ Lid – This fry pan is great because it holds head very well and you can move it from the stove top to the oven easily. This pan will also last a lifetime!

 

 

 

 

 

4. Dutch Oven – This pot is essential to cooking. You will use it for spaghetti sauce, soup, braising, chili and so much more. Plus it goes from stove top to oven easily.

 

 

 

 

 

5. Bakeware Set – Everyone needs the basic baking pan sizes and a cup cake pan. You want to be able to bake birthday cakes and cookies anytime you want!

 

 

 

 

 

6. KitchenAid Mixer – If you enjoy baking at all, register for this baby. It will change your life, seriously. Plus they have so many cute colors that one will certainly match your kitchen!

 

 

 

 

 

7. Knives – Every kitchen/cook needs a nice set of knives. You can spend the mint on a set of knives if you want, but I recommend going middle of the road. You want something that has steel through than handle and whose handle is made of wood. You want the set to include a chef’s knife (the really big one), a santoku knife, a pairing knife, a serrated bread knife, kitchen shears and a steel for sharpening. Get a block that has unfilled holes so you can add to you knife collection later, when you see what knives you really use.

 

 

 

8. Gadgets – Don’t forget the little things. Be sure to put that ice cream scoop, measuring spoons, garlic press, can opener, turkey baster, spatula and whatever other kitchen gadgets you may want. Along with dish towels, people love to buy you a whole basket filled with these fun and inexpensive, yet necessary gadgets.

 

 

 

 

 9. Cutting Boards – If you’re going to be using your knives, you’ll need proper cutting boards to protect your counters. I like the sets of color coded plastic boards. These prevent cross contamination that can occur when cutting meal and vegetables at the same time. Red is for red meat, white is for poultry, blue is for fish and green is for veggies!

 

 

 

10. Cookbooks – No one starts out in their marriage being an amazing cook, well except trained chefs…register for a few of your favorite cookbooks so you can have some recipes ready to try as soon as you get home from the honeymoon. Guests also enjoy buying you cookbooks, they’re a good price point and they can write a nice congrats in the inside cover, so put a few on the list!

 

 

 

 

Don’t forget to consider the guys at ProVolve Entertainment if you’re in need of a DJ for any type of event, they come with my personal recommendation (and nope, they didn’t pay me anything to say that!).