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Omelet with Asparagus, Grape Tomatoes, and Mozzarella

Omelet with Asparagus, Grape Tomatoes, and Mozzarella

by Pam on October 17, 2012

I was craving an omelet for breakfast so I went in search of ingredients. I found some asparagus, grape tomatoes, and mozzarella cheese. I like my omelets with one egg because I love the really thin egg layer; but if you prefer a thicker egg layer then use two or three eggs. I simply sautéed the asparagus and grape tomatoes before putting them in the omelet.  It was light and flavorful but hearty enough to fill me up.  There is something so delicious about asparagus, tomatoes, and eggs.  YUM!

Heat a skillet that is coated with cooking spray over medium heat. Add the asparagus spears and tomatoes to the skillet and cook for 3-4 minutes until the asparagus and tomatoes are tender. Season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste. Remove from the skillet and set aside for later use.

Clean the skillet out with a paper towel then spray it with cooking spray. Turn the stove to medium low and turn the broiler on in your oven. Crack one egg into a bowl, add the milk, and whisk until well blended; season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste. Pour the egg mixture into the skillet and swirl so the pan is evenly coated with egg.

Once your egg is starting to set, spoon on the asparagus and tomato filling then top with the shredded cheese.

Move the skillet to the oven and place on the top rack (don’t put the handle in the oven if it’s not oven safe) and let the broiler cook the top part of the egg, it takes only 20-30 seconds or so. Remove the pan and flip the other part of the egg mixture on top of the veggie mixture. Slide onto a plate and serve immediately. Enjoy.

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Omelet with Asparagus, Grape Tomatoes, and Mozzarella




Yield: 1

Prep Time: 3 min.

Cook Time: 7 min.

Total Time: 10 min.



Ingredients:

Handful of grape tomatoes, sliced in half lengthwise
5 spears of asparagus
Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste
1 egg
1 tbsp milk
Mozzarella cheese, shredded

Directions:

Heat a skillet that is coated with cooking spray over medium heat. Add the asparagus spears and tomatoes to the skillet and cook for 3-4 minutes until the asparagus and tomatoes are tender. Season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste. Remove from the skillet and set aside for later use.

Clean the skillet out with a paper towel then spray it with cooking spray. Turn the stove to medium low and turn the broiler on in your oven. Crack one egg into a bowl, add the milk, and whisk until well blended; season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste. Pour the egg mixture into the skillet and swirl so the pan is evenly coated with egg.

Once your egg is starting to set, spoon on the asparagus and tomato filling then top with the shredded cheese.

Move the skillet to the oven and place on the top rack (don’t put the handle in the oven if it’s not oven safe) and let the broiler cook the top part of the egg, it takes only 20-30 seconds or so. Remove the pan and flip the other part of the egg mixture on top of the veggie mixture. Slide onto a plate and serve immediately. Enjoy.



Recipe and photo by For the Love of Cooking.net

References

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Focaccia di Recco – Treating Myself

When I treat myself to a personal “food wish,” it’s usually something I’ve eaten out and become obsessed over, and this episode is a classic case. There’s a Ligurian restaurant called Farina near us, and I’ve become a full-blown focaccia di Recco stalker. 

After watching them make it in front of me so many times, I had to give it a try. It doesn’t look like the focaccia most of us are used to, but come to find out, “focaccia” simply means any flatbread cooked in a hearth, and varies region to region.


This particular example hails from Recco, and is nothing more than some Stracchino cheese trapped in between two, super-thin layers of dough. The dough is nothing more than flour, water, olive oil, and salt; but thanks to a very hot oven, and this probably ancient technique, some serious flatbread magic happens.

As I confess in the video, I was scared to use too much cheese, but I’ll use more next time. At Farina, you can see a thin layer of the molten Stracchino oozing out between the layers. My Crescenza cheesewas basically absorbed, but while you couldn’t see it, you could certainly taste it, and it was amazing.

The obvious question is, can you add other fillings to this? Yes, but don’t. It’s perfect…as long as you find the cheese. Please, find the cheese (no substitutions will be offered #toughlove). 

 By the way, I’m officially recommending the quarter sheet pan seen herein, which is what they use in the restaurant, but I think a round tart pan would work as well. In fact, from what I see online, the round pan seems to be the standard. I can’t wait to try this again, and sincerely hope you give it go as well. Enjoy!



Ingredients for 2 small or 1 large Focaccia di Recco
*2 cups all-purpose flour (9.5 by weight)
1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp water           
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
3/4 tsp fine salt
*use enough flour to form a soft, but not too sticky dough. Knead for about 5-6 minutes to from a smooth, elastic dough. Let rest 1 hour at room temp.
12 oz Crescenza or Stracchino cheese (6 oz for each focaccia) 
extra virgin olive oil and sea salt, to taste for the top
Bake at 500 degrees F.for about 6-7 minutes, or until well-browned

Cheese Straws – These Don’t Suck

I took a few things for granted in this cheese straws video.
I assumed you could tell how delicious they were as I crunched into them, which
is why I never said as much. I also assumed you’d figure out how, where, and
when to use them; as I failed to give my usual serving suggestions. I was so
taken by the sound and texture of these cheesy sticks, that it just never
occurred to me to state such obvious facts.


So, for the record, let’s make this official. These really
tasted great, and that’s without any embellishments whatsoever. There are so
many things that will work with this technique, including, but not limited to
garlic butter, fresh herbs, crushed nuts, and/or literally any dried spice. As
far as approved uses, it’d be easier to list things this wouldn’t work with.

Any soup, stew, or bowl of chili would look substantially
better with some of these alongside. A few cheese straws will make that sleepy
bowl of leftover pasta suddenly seems special again, and substituting them for
toast at breakfast is a proven crowd-pleaser. Dipping toasted bread into a
runny egg yolk is nice, but dipping with a warm, crispy cheese straw? That goes way beyond nice.

As long as you use some nice, grate-able pungent cheeses,
and cook them long enough to get crisp, there’s no way these won’t be great. I
hope you give them a try soon, and report back with all your brilliant
adaptations. Enjoy!


Ingredients:
frozen puff pastry
about 2 tsp olive oil , or as needed
about 1/2 cup total finely grated aged cheddar and
Parmigiano-Reggiano, or more as needed
salt, pepper, and cayenne to taste

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