Recipe

Denver omelette

This omelette is called a "Western" in most states east of the Mississippi River and a "Denver" in the western half of the United States.

  • 25 mins cooking
  • Serves 4
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Ingredients

Denver omelette
  • 10 eggs
  • 1/3 cup (80g) sour cream
  • 2 fresh small red thai chillies, chopped finely
  • 2 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 3 green onions, sliced thinly
  • 1 green capsicum (200g), chopped finely
  • 100 gram leg ham, chopped finely
  • 2 tomatoes (260g), seeded, chopped finely
  • 1/2 cup (60g) coarsely grated cheddar cheese

Method

Denver omelette
  • 1
    Break eggs in large bowl, whisk lightly; whisk in sour cream and chilli.
  • 2
    Heat oil in large non-stick frying pan; cook onion and capsicum, stirring, until onion softens. Place onion mixture in medium bowl with ham, tomato and cheese; toss to combine.
  • 3
    Pour 1/2 cup of the egg mixture into same oiled frying pan; cook, tilting pan, over low heat until almost set. Sprinkle about 1/3 cup of the filling over half of the omelette; using spatula, fold omelette over to completely cover the filling.
  • 4
    Pour 1/4 cup of the egg mixture into empty half of pan; cook over low heat until almost set. Sprinkle about 1/3 cup of the filling over folded omelette, fold omelette over top of first omelette to cover filling. Repeat twice more, using ¼ cup of the egg mixture each time, to form one large layered omelette. Carefully slide omelette onto plate; cover to keep warm.
  • 5
    Repeat steps 3 and 4 to make second omelette, using remaining egg and filling. Cut each denver omelette in half to serve.

Notes

This omelette is called a "western" in most states east of the Mississippi River and a "denver" in the western half of the United States. Its origins are based more on folklore than fact, but it's believed to have been an Americanisation of the classic egg foo yung served by Chinese cooks to the work gangs building the east-to-west-coast railway link in the 1840s.

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