Hot Dog & Onion Omelet

Originally published on UnitedMonkee, 12/15/09.

Something you might not know about me is that I love to cook. I started learning how in college and got okay with it. For Christmas that year, my mom got me a pretty good set of Calphalon pots and pans that I still use. But, with working full time and my wife usually getting home before me, she took over the cooking (which is good because she’s also a lot better at it than me). Since I was laid off, though, I have assumed the cooking responsibilities. While I usually stick to the recipe, I have started branching off and working on a few things myself, usually things based on what we have in the house. Last night I whipped up an omelet that was shockingly good. Hopefully this will put me one step closer to opening my restaurant Omelets & Nachos.

Growing up, my dad didn’t cook much, but he was killer when it came to breakfast. He sure knows how to make a mean omelet. That’s probably where my love of them came from. I was surprised when I grew up to find out that not only do omelets in a restaurant not always come with cheese, but I’ve never really found one that matches my dad’s kitchen sink-mentality. So, the way I approach an omelet is trying to figure out everything I can throw in, hence the hot dog for some extra protein (and pig lips). We didn’t have a lot of veggies in the house, so I figured sauteing some onions and garlic might make an interesting base instead of using cooking spray. It’s a trick I picked up from the very first episode of that Bravo show Chef Academy that needs to come back soon! Not only does it smell awesome, but it tastes crazy good. It might take a little bit longer than normal, but I think it’s worth it. Throw on some coffee or OJ and some toast on the side and you’re good to go.

Hot Dog & Onion Omelet

Pre-cut ingredients.

INGREDIENTS
Olive oil
Diced onion
2 cloves garlic diced
3 eggs beat
some milk
shredded cheese
1 hot dog, cut

Ingredients cut and mixed.

Heat olive oil in a large pan. Brown onions and garlic over medium-high heat.

Browned onions and garlic in olive oil.

Mix eggs and milk in a bowl. Pour mixture over browned onions and garlic, lower heat to medium.

Pour the egg over the onions and garlic.

Once the eggs start to harden, add hot dogs and cheese. To get the eggs to cook better, tip the pan a little and push the eggs towards the center of the pan with the spatula to let excess flow to the warm pan (I tried taking a picture of this, but it seems impossible while holding the phone/camera).

Cover in cheese.

Add hot dog and cover with cheese.

Bring heat back up to medium-high. Once the eggs are cooked and the cheese is melted, flip the omelet in half and let cook a little longer. Flip if you can, but sometimes the omelet gets a little weak with all that goodness in there.

The big flip, sometimes it's sloppy, but who cares?!

Brew yourself some coffee and toast some toast and you’re good to go. This bad boy’s good for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

The breakfast of champions!

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