Pimiento Cheese Omelet

Pimiento-Cheese Omelet

Pimiento-Cheese Omelet

You know those open-faced pimiento cheese BLT sandwiches I wrote about here?  Well, there was just a tad of cheese mixture left over, and not being one to throw out or waste food, I put it into the fridge.

So now, here it is Sunday morning, and I’m making an omelet,  when out of the blue I thought of the pimiento cheese in the fridge.  Bingo!!  I’ll  put it into the omelet.  Instead of putting the cheese into the egg mixture, I partially cooked the egg/omelet and while the center was still wet dropped gobs of cheese on it.  Then folded it onto itself, covered the pan and let the heat finish cooking the egg and melt the cheese.  WOW!  moments of genius come at the most unexpected times! 😀

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This was so good it was incredible.  The cheese was just the right amount so that it did not overpower the delicate egg, yet added an extra wonderful flavor.  I think it might be worth having a small tub of pimiento cheese mixture in the refrigerator at all times just for such moments.  When genius strikes, one needs to be ready!!

PIMIENTO CHEESE OMELET

Serves 1

Ingredients:

  • 2 or 3 eggs, beaten lightly with a whisk,
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 – 2 tsp. water
  • 1 – 2 tsp. butter
  • 2 Tbsp. pimiento cheese

Lightly beat the eggs with a whisk in a small bowl.  Add salt, pepper and a little water.  Mix well.

In a medium skillet, over medium heat, melt butter.  Swirl pan to coat.  Pour in the egg mixture and allow cooking to begin,  As the edges become set, lift gently and allow the liquid egg to run underneath at the edges.

When as much liquid egg has “run under”, but the top is still wet,  spoon small dabs of pimiento cheese over the top.  Then lift one side of egg and fold to the middle, lift again, and fold onto itself.  Turn off the heat, cover for a short time and allow the cheese to melt.

Fold the omelet in thirds and let the heat melt the cheese filling.

Fold the omelet in thirds and let the heat melt the cheese filling.

Serve warm with toast and breakfast meat or with a salad for a dinner entree .

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SOURCE:   a Carolyn Original

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Open-Faced Pimiento Cheese BLTs

Pimiento Cheese BLT's

Pimiento Cheese BLT’s

I must apologize in advance for giving you what is sure to become a new sandwich addiction, but really, I had no choice.  Somebody besides me has to know about this wonderful sandwich.  What got me started on this was a big dish of warm cheesy dip that had bacon, pimientos, and all sorts of other fabulous things mixed into it.   I remember thinking as it came out of the oven there was no way we were going to eat all of that.  But lo and behold before very long it was all gone.  I’m sure I had more than my fair share of it.

Within a few days I was craving it again.  Rather than making a big bowl of dip for just two of us to devour, I decided to use most of the ingredients that went into the dip in another, more healthy and nutritious form;  a sandwich.  This meal probably contains a few, Ok, a lot, more calories than you want to eat, so its a good idea to plan ahead for when you will be having it.  Blame all that cheese, and mayo, and bread.  So in preparation, have a light breakfast and lunch, go to the gym and work out really hard, and finally make only what you will eat, and no extra.

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OPEN-FACED PIMIENTO CHEESE BLTs

Yield:   Serves 4

Ingredients:

All the yummy ingredients, plus mayo.

All the yummy ingredients, plus mayo.

  • 2 Tablespoons bottled diced pimientos, drained
  • 1 Tablespoon grated, peeled shallots
  • 1 scallion, chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons canola mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon cider vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 ounces shredded sharp cheddar cheese (about 1 cup)
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 4 slices country-style bread toasted (sour dough bread is good)
  • 12 tomato slices (colorful heirlooms are nice, here)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 center-cut slices bacon, cooked and halved
  • 1 cup baby arugula leaves, or other green leaf lettuce of choice
We're ready to build a sandwich!

We’re ready to build a sandwich!

What you do:

Combine first 7 ingredients in a large bowl.  Spread 3 tablespoons cheese mixture on each bread slice; top each with 3 tomato slices.  Sprinkle tomato slices evenly with salt.  Top each sandwich with 2 bacon halves and 1/4 cup arugula.

You will probably want to eat this with a knife and fork.

You will probably want to eat this with a knife and fork.

To round out this meal, serve with sweet potato fries, or sweet potato chips.

SOURCE:   a Carolyn Original