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The Denver Omelet

Rated as 4.83 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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This is about Chef John, not the omelet. I had to turn off the sound because what started out when he first was on the videos was a sort of lilting and clever way of speaking, that now has bec...

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

Quick, simple, and very good!

This is a response to you in regards to Helen Smith. I think she sips a wee bit too much wine while cooking. I am mildly gritting my teeth with your intro but it's not that bad. You should do on...

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

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

I added extra cheese and hot sausage crumbles. Amazing!! I have enough for 4 days. Using as food prep.

Love Denver omelettes. My father was a short order cook as a young man and he always put chopped dill pickles in his Denver omelet which really makes it as far as I’m concerned!

This was so,so, good.