Recipe for a “reconstructed” spinach, onion, and ham omelette

Some people shy away from cooking because they think they will not do it right.  The fear is that if the food does not look perfect, they have failed.  While a nice presentation definitely makes food more appealing, how the food tastes is far more important.  Omelettes are one of those foods that can be easily identified by the way they look.  But just because one can not make a pretty omelette does not mean omelettes should be off the menu.  After all, an omelette is just eggs with other ingredients mixed in.

Do what fancy chefs do when they want to make a dish that looks different from the traditional interpretation.  The trend is to make “deconstructed” dishes – breaking apart elements traditionally combined together to make a dish, and serving the items separately in a unique way.  So, non-chefs can make “reconstructed” omelettes.  Make the omelette with all of the traditional ingredients scrambled together; it does not have to look traditional.


Ingredients [The ingredient measurements in this recipe are for a two egg omelette.]

  • 2 eggs
  • 1/8 cup of diced onions
  • 1/3 cup of chopped fresh or frozen spinach
  • 1/4 cup of diced (cooked) ham pieces
  • 1 tablespoon of butter
  • 1/4 cup of shredded cheese (optional)
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Pepper (to taste)


  1. Scramble the eggs, salt, and pepper in a bowl.  Set the egg mixture aside.
  2. Pre-heat a small frying pan.
  3. Melt the butter in the pan; make sure the bottom of the pan is coated with butter.
  4. Add the onions to the pan and cook them until they are slightly translucent.
  5. Add the spinach to the pan and cook it until it is slightly wilted.
  6. Add the ham and cook it until it is heated through.
  7. Spread the vegetables and ham out until they cover the bottom of the pan, then pour the egg mixture over the vegetables and ham.  Allow everything to cook for a few seconds.
  8. Use a fork or spatula to shift the ingredients around until the eggs are cooked to the desired doneness.
  9. Top the “reconstructed” omelette with cheese; allow the cheese to melt.
  10. Plate the omelette.

What makes omelettes so fantastic is that they are so versatile.  The options for omelette ingredients are almost endless.  Popular omelette ingredients include:  mushrooms, green peppers, bacon, sausage, and even fresh tomatoes.  A tex-Mex omelette might include jalapeños and pepper-jack cheese and be topped with salsa.  Experiment with a variety of ingredients.   




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