How To Make a Denver Omelette

There are many kinds of omelettes. Among the popular ones is the Denver omelette or Western omelette. It is said that diners served Denver omelettes to truck drivers at pit stops. This omelette is usually composed of the following ingredients:  eggs, bell pepper slices, onion strips, bits of ham and a lot of cheese.

Here are the following steps on how to make a Denver omelette.

  • Prepare the materials. An omelette pan or a medium, non-stick skillet will do. Have a heat-proof rubber spatula on hand for lifting and folding the omelette and for mixing the filling. A bowl and plate to keep the filling warm. Keep aside a plate to put the cooked omelette on later.
  • Prepare the ingredients. You will need 2 teaspoons butter; 1 small, white onion; coarsely chopped; ½ cup of green bell pepper, sliced; ½ cup ham, cut into strips; 2 eggs, slightly beaten; 1/3 cup of mushrooms, sliced; ½ cup of grated cheese; a dash of salt and a dash of black pepper.
  • Prepare the cheese. Grate the cheese. Set aside.
  • Prepare the filling. Melt a teaspoon of butter in the pan or skillet. When the butter stops foaming, add the sliced green peppers, mushrooms, strips of ham and onions. Cook on medium heat until ham is slightly brown in color. Cook the onions until it is light and golden brown in color. Be careful not to burn it. Stir mixture occasionally until vegetables have softened. This will take around 4 to 5 minutes. Season it with salt and pepper. Put it aside in a bowl and cover to keep warm.
  • Beat the eggs. Slightly whisk 2 eggs for 30 seconds but not until frothy. If you have a hearty appetite, you may add another egg.
  • Prepare the pan. Use the same pan or skillet on medium high heat. Add the butter and tilt pan until surface has been coated evenly.
  • Cook the eggs. Pour the eggs onto the pan making sure that it coats the whole pan by tilting. Reduce heat to low. Let eggs set for 30 seconds. Loosen the eggs with a spatula. Tilting the pan again, carefully lift the edge of the egg with a heat-proof rubber spatula, allowing the top, runny part to go over the cooked portion. This will help the omelette cook faster.
  • Add the mixture. After a minute or so, while the eggs are still moist, add the filling that was previously cooked onto half of the egg portion only. Add half of the cheese on top. Carefully lift and fold the other half over the filling. Gently slide the omelette on a plate. Sprinkle the remaining grated cheese on top of the omelette. Serve while hot.
  • Here are some tips and suggestions. A cup of egg substitute may be used in lieu of whole eggs. Lean deli ham will help lessen the fat and calorie count of the recipe. Use an olive oil non stick spray instead of butter. Make sure a drop of water sizzles before adding the filling or egg to be cooked. Salt may be omitted from the recipe.

Omelettes are comfort food. They are simple, fast and easy to make. You can add any leftover meat or vegetables from your fridge to make the filling. Try different combinations to find the one that will satisfy your cravings.


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