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The Denver Omelet

Rated as 4.93 out of 5 Stars

"A change of pace from a French omelet, the Denver omelet is known for its firmer texture and caramelized flavor. It's one of the first foods I've ever learned to cook professionally, as a line cook in high school. Make it a complete lunch or dinner with arugula salad and toasted bread."
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20 m servings 491
Original recipe yields 1 servings (1 omelet)


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  1. Beat eggs until just combined; do not over-beat.
  2. Melt butter in a skillet over high heat. Add ham, onion, and bell pepper. Sprinkle in a nice pinch of salt and a touch of pepper. Cook and stir over medium-high heat until onions start to soften and ham begins to caramelize, about 5 minutes.
  3. Reduce heat to medium-low and pour in the eggs. Mix briefly with a spatula while shaking the pan to ensure ingredients are evenly distributed. Quickly run the spatula along the edges of the omelet.
  4. Sprinkle Cheddar cheese and cayenne pepper over the omelet. Cook, shaking the pan occasionally, until the top is still wet but not runny, about 5 minutes. Fold omelet in half with your spatula and transfer to a plate.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 491 calories; 39.4 4.6 30.3 632 751 Full nutrition

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Super good and easy to make! Watch the video for help!

Soooooo delicious! I made with bacon bits instead of ham, and it was perfect :)

Quick, simple, and very good!

So good, turned out perfect from following the video directions.

This was so,so, good.

it was goooood

Made it for Sunday breakfast. It takes a little time but goes together very easily. The only change to the recipe was omitting cayenne pepper because I discovered I was out of it but will defi...

Love Chef John! I am not known for my cooking skills and his instructions are very helpful. I Nailed IT!! My husband and I BOTH loved it! Thanks Chef John

Amazing recipe and simple too. My husband said this was fine restaurant quality.