This Classic Denver Omelette brings it all together with sweet bell peppers, onions, smoked ham and gooey melted cheddar cheese. It is the perfect weekend breakfast and I love to serve it with Homemade Hash Browns or Roasted Rosemary Potatoes.
Denver omelettes are perfect for that weekend breakfast you have been longing for. Although we often make these delectable treats during the week as well. Peppers, onions, ham and cheese are simple tastes that meld together perfectly….like Abbott & Costello. If you are a young-in, I am sure you are shaking your head right now thinking who in the heck is she talking about?
How do you make a Denver Omelette?
Start by chopping your onion, pepper and ham. Then heat a little olive oil in a skillet over medium heat and add the onions and peppers. Cook until the vegetables start to brown on the edges stirring several times. Now add the chopped ham and cook for another couple of minutes. Remove the onions, peppers and ham to a plate and cover to keep warm.
Next whisk the eggs, egg whites and water together. Heat one tablespoon of butter in an eight inch non stick skillet over medium low heat. Add half of the egg mixture to the pan swirling to coat. Cover the pan loosely with aluminum foil and cook until the eggs set. This will take approximately two to three minutes. Sprinkle half of the cheddar cheese over the omelette, turn off burner, cover loosely with the foil again and allow the cheese to melt. Finally add half of the vegetables/ham mixture and fold the omelet closed bringing one side over the other.
Repeat the procedure with the rest of the egg mixture, cheese and veggies creating another omelette.
Helpful tips for making an epic Denver Omelette
- Cut your onions, peppers and ham fairly fine so you get a variety in every bite.
- Use good quality white cheddar cheese. It really does make a difference.
- Don’t overcook the eggs as they should be cooked just until set. A loose piece of aluminum foil helps them set perfectly.
- You can use any kind of cheese or variety of cheese that you like that melts well. Cheddar, provel, provolone and Monterey Jack are just a few of my favorites with this omelette.
- I find that the freshly shredded cheese tastes far better than the pre-shredded kind. Sure it is a little bit more work but if it tastes better isn’t it worth it?
Now doesn’t that look yummy. Now where in world did the Denver omelette get it’s name and originate from. Well everyone has lots of different answers and ideas but the one that makes the most sense is that the cowboys would cook these out on the range while rustling cattle and horses. It is also referred to as the “Western Omelette.” It is a wonderful combination of flavors and quite easy to make in a pinch. So treat yourself and the whole cattle range if you are up to it!
Other breakfast recipes you will love!
- On the Go Sausage Cheddar Breakfast Muffins
- Caramelized Onion Ham Broccoli Quiche
- Cheesy Pepper Asparagus Breakfast Casserole
- Smoked Salmon Patties with Dill Mayonnaise
- Perfect Eggs Benedict
This post was originally published November 9, 2014 and was republished October 10, 2019 with new content.Print
Classic Denver Omelette
An easy omelette made with sweet bell peppers, onion, smoked ham and white cheddar cheese.
- Prep Time: 10
- Cook Time: 10
- Total Time: 20 minutes
- Yield: 2 1x
- Category: breakfast
- Method: stove top
- Cuisine: American
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/4 cup onion finely chopped
- 1/2 red pepper finely diced
- 1/2 green pepper finely diced
- 5 slices lean ham chopped (about 4 ounces)
- 4 whole eggs
- 4 egg whites
- 2 tablespoons cool water
- 2 tablespoon butter
- 1/2 cup shredded white cheddar cheese
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Heat olive oil in skillet over medium heat. Add onion and peppers. Cook over medium heat for 4-5 minutes or until vegetables start browning on edges. Add ham and cook for another 1-2 minutes. Remove from heat, cover and keep warm.
- Whisk eggs, egg whites and water,
- Heat 1 tablespoon of butter in 8 inch non stick skillet over medium low heat. Add half the egg mixture to pan. Cover the pan and cook until the eggs set approximately 2-3 minutes. Add 1/4 cup cheese, turn off the burner and allow the cheese to melt. Add half the veggies and fold the omelette closed bringing one side over the other.
- Repeat procedure with the rest of the egg mixture, cheese and veggies.
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