Omelet with Avocado, Bacon and Cheese.

California Omelet

5 stars from 6 ratings of California Omelet

Why breakfast is important

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. The compound word means to ‘break’ the ‘fast’ from a lack of consumption of the night before. After an evening of sleep, and before the day’s activities, the body and brain need to be replenished. We reenergize ourselves for optimal concentration, focus, and mobility-or we are sluggish through the first part of the day.

Omelets are a great way to start the day. Many countries have their own version of this egg dish, each beginning with eggs and adding their own special ingredients that are particular to its culinary culture. For example, the Greek omelette includes feta cheese and spinach; in India, the Masala Omelette uses special spices from that region, such as cumin; and the French omelette would include tomatoes and herbs like chervil, chives and parsley. In Spain, this omelette is known as, tortilla de patatas, and is a traditional, thick omelette filled with sliced potatoes, onions or a variety of different vegetables, presented in tapas bars everywhere.

One of my favorite variations of omelet is the California Omelet. This omelet has all of the ABC's of greatness: avocado, bacon and cheese. Whether you use store bought or free range farm eggs the flavors of the avocado, mixed with the cheese and other ingredients, is worth taking the time to make this breakfast recipe. For a healthier variation, use an egg substitute, low fat cheese and turkey bacon.



Time for Breakfast

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The California omelet is a great way to start the day!Ideally, chicken eggs are 'organic' or 'free range'.Choose an avocado that has a little give when you squeeze it.Cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese is a good choice.Healthy ingredients: Avocado, Bacon, & Cheese.
The California omelet is a great way to start the day!
The California omelet is a great way to start the day! | Source
Ideally, chicken eggs are 'organic' or 'free range'.
Ideally, chicken eggs are 'organic' or 'free range'. | Source
Choose an avocado that has a little give when you squeeze it.
Choose an avocado that has a little give when you squeeze it. | Source
Cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese is a good choice.
Cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese is a good choice. | Source
Healthy ingredients: Avocado, Bacon, & Cheese.
Healthy ingredients: Avocado, Bacon, & Cheese. | Source

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 5 min
Ready in: 20 min
Yields: serves 2 or more depending on portion size

Ingredients

  • 4 eggs, can be organic or brown chicken eggs
  • 4 slices of bacon, pork or turkey
  • 4 slices of cheese, thin slices of cheddar or Monterey Jack;
  • 1 avocado, California or other, ripe
  • dash milk or water, whole, 2%, or skim
  • salt dash, optional-to taste
  • pepper dash, to flavor

Perfect omelette

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Whisk the eggs with a dash of water or milk.Adjust the temperature to cook through but avoid scorching the bottomCook the bacon in a separate pan.Add the bacon slicesAdd the sliced cheeseAdd the avocado slicesCarefully fold half of the omelette to cover the layered ingredientsShare your masterpiece with a friend.
Whisk the eggs with a dash of water or milk.
Whisk the eggs with a dash of water or milk. | Source
Adjust the temperature to cook through but avoid scorching the bottom
Adjust the temperature to cook through but avoid scorching the bottom | Source
Cook the bacon in a separate pan.
Cook the bacon in a separate pan. | Source
Add the bacon slices
Add the bacon slices | Source
Add the sliced cheese
Add the sliced cheese | Source
Add the avocado slices
Add the avocado slices | Source
Carefully fold half of the omelette to cover the layered ingredients
Carefully fold half of the omelette to cover the layered ingredients | Source
Share your masterpiece with a friend.
Share your masterpiece with a friend. | Source

How to cook an omelette

  1. Prepare a frying pan (or omelette pan) with cooking spray. Set the stove temperature on medium and heat the pan.
  2. Briskly whisk the eggs, salt, (optional), and pepper with the dash of water or milk.
  3. Cook the bacon in a separate pan.
  4. Pour the egg into the pan while the bacon is cooking and cook over medium low heat.
  5. Adjust the egg skillet temperature to assure it cooks through without scorching.
  6. Layer the cheese, bacon, and avocado on one side of the egg.
  7. Using a wide spatula, carefully maneuver the other half of the egg over the layered side.
  8. Cover the pan and cook for 1-2 minutes so the egg has cooked through and is not runny. Remove from pan and serve.

Notes:

An omelette is an egg recipe that is often mixed with milk and cooked quickly with additional ingredients such as vegetables, cheese, or meat.

Water or milk whisked in the egg creates ‘bubbles’ which make the omelette light and fluffy.

Omelet History:

Legend has it that a giant Easter omelette was served to Napoleon Bonaparte and his army when they were travelling through Southern France. Now, an annual ‘Giant Omelette Festival’ is held in La Bessieres, France.

The omelette has since become a symbol of friendship and feeding the poor. Worldwide omelette celebrations occur in countries including the U.S., Canada, and France.

Abbeville, Louisiana, U.S.A. now holds an annual ‘5000’ egg omelette two day celebration where a giant skillet cooks the large egg mixture, and chefs stir the concoction via giant, wooden paddles. Each year another egg is added to the mixture. This year the total will be 5,028 eggs.

In 1964 Yokohama, Japan held the record for the largest omelette using 160,000 eggs.

In 2002, Ontario, Canada held the record for the largest omelette, which weighed 2.94 tons.






Omelet Trivia

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A markerleBessieres, France -
Bessières, France
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Home of 'The original giant Easter omelette' served to Napoleon and his army.

B markerAbbeville, Louisiana, U.S.A. -
Abbeville, LA 70510, USA
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Home of the '5,000 egg' omelette celebration.

C markerYokohama, Japan -
Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
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Known for the 160,000 egg omelette.

D markerOntario, Canada -
Ontario, Canada
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Record title for the 'Largest Omelette'.

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Suki C 4 years ago from Andalucia, Spain

Great recipe and some interesting facts :)


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

I rated this high because it is great share :)


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Dexter Yarbrough 4 years ago from United States

Great recipe, Denise! I should have eaten first - now I am hungry! Breakfast IS the most important meal of the day!


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algarveview 4 years ago from Algarve, Portugal

Hi, Denise, seems delicious and I loved your fun facts about omelettes. Voted up, interesting and sharing! :)


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Danette Watt 4 years ago from Illinois

I love omelets but can't seem to get the hang of cooking them. Maybe I don't use the right size pan or the temp is too high but the eggs are still too runny on the top. Maybe you can make me one when we are in MI.

Otherwise, this looks delicious. Rated 5 stars for that reason.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

I love omelets! This looks like a great combination. I like your mention of ingredients added in other cultures. Might be fun to try the Spanish omelet with potatoes and other veggies. Great hub! Now, I'm hungry!


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rex michaels 4 years ago

I will no doubt try this one!


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi Suki-thanks for your comment. It was interesting finding out that the omelette has such a long and competitive history.

Hi Frank-Thanks for the high rating. :) Nice to see you.

Dexter-haha I agree. I finished this in the early morning and wanted to start whisking eggs.


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi algarveview-thanks for reading and commenting. I'm glad you enjoyed my omelette trivia. :)

Danette-it takes some skill and practice to get an omelette right. I agree that the right pan makes all the difference...thanks for the rating. :)


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi Victoria-I love eggs, too, as you can tell. It was fun to find out about other countries versions.

Rex-thanks for the read-be sure to let me know what you think of the flavor combo.


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VioletSun 4 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

Yummy recipe and interesting facts. Haven't had an omelette in while and this one is one I am going to try!


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Avocados are such a great addition to omelets! Thanks for the great recipe and other detailed information.


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi Marie-I hope you enjoy your omelette. Thanks for commenting.

Hi Rose-thanks for your feedback. :)


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b. Malin 4 years ago

I Love Breakfast...Although with us, it's sort of BRUNCH. I will try your Wonderful Recipe Denise, as Lover Man LOVES Omelets! Thanks for sharing!


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

I love omelets. I use the turkey. I will try your recipe. Thanks for sharing...


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mts1098 4 years ago from InsideTheManCave

Yes breakfast is the best meal, especially when the omelet is there...what a great idea to add avocado...I will take the giant egg white and avocado please...to go...cheers...great job


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi B-thanks for reading-now go cook up this omelet for Lover Man!

Hi Ruby, I prefer the turkey myself . Thanks for reading.

Hi mts-your version sounds perfectly marvelous! Thanks.


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

I voted this 5 stars because this is a delicious omelet. I do mine exactly the same except I cut my bacon into small pieces and grate the cheese, but your way will save me the time and fiddly bits. I love the taste of avocado with the bacon.


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks Rosemay for sharing your experience. Nice to know a variation. :) Thanks for the rating also. I appreciate it.


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

Hi Denise, a great and different way of making those omelets, I love them, and any variation is great for me, because I am always trying to find new ideas for them, voted up! cheers nell


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K9keystrokes 4 years ago from Northern, California

Your technique for laying in the avocado and bacon is brilliant, as well as beautiful. I am a huge fan of California omelets! But I have never had one made using the technique you show here. I will be putting it to use next time we break a few eggs! Voting up all the way!

HubHugs~


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

Your recipe for the avocado, bacon and cheese omelet had me salivating. I love your way of putting this all together and can't wait to try it. I think I'll treat myself to this omelet come Sunday. Thank you Denise my friend. Best wishes and voted up and across (not funny.)


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photosbecomearts 4 years ago from Tampa, Florida, USA

Usually, it's just bacon, egg and cheese. I never heard putting an avocado in it. I think I have to try and taste this one. Looks healthier!


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi Nell-thanks for taking a peek at the recipe. Variety ... the spice of life? It is nice to have a change. :)

Hello my friend, K9-thanks for the Hubhugs! and back to you. I'm glad you found the CA omelette innovative. I appreciate your comments.

Hello Audrey-I guess we'll have to sit and have an omelette before our sundaes, haha. Thanks for the votes!

Hi photsbecomearts-thanks for stopping by. I'd like to hear what you think of it when you give it a whirl. :)


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internpete 4 years ago from At the Beach in Florida

Great recipe! I think its time to make breakfast....And the bit you including about omelet history was great! Voted up!


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks. As I read your comment I realized I bought an avocado this week, so I agree-time for another omelet. Thanks for the vote. :)


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Shawn Scarborough 4 years ago from The Lone Star State

Thanks for sharing this great recipe. I love avocado, but I had never thought about using it in an omelet. I am going to make this tomorrow morning.


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi Shawn-well, I'm curious if you got around to making the omelet. I had one Sunday morning with turkey bacon. :) It was delicious. Thanks for reading and commenting. Glad you liked it.


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How to - Answers 4 years ago from Ireland

This recipe for omelet looks tasty. I always cook mine with bacon and tomatoes but I may add an avocado and cheese next time.

Shared on Twitter and voted 5 stars


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Bacon and tomatoes with the egg leads you to a sure B.E.T. Great carb control. I often cook tomatoes with my eggs. Thanks for sharing and 'starring' this-I appreciate it.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

Hi Denise, I do enjoy an omlette but have never had one for breakfast, this sounds a great start to the day, with avocado too - yummy!

Thank you and voted up.


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi MM-it is a wonderful way to start the day!, hahah YUM. Thanks for the vote.


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan

I don't think that I've ever had an avocado in my omelet before. I'm intrigued now so I guess I'll have to pick up some the next time I head out to the store. Thanks for the great recipe!


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Cara, I was supposed to make a batch for you and Aunt Danette while in Michigan...somehow we were just too busy. :( Hope you do try it. If you enjoy avocado you are sure to like this. One thing I would advise, which I did not state one way or the other in the directions, don't add 'water' to whip your eggs. I usually do this when I cook omelets, however, it makes them too fluffy and then difficult to fold over. Good luck. Enjoy!


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Peanutritious 4 years ago from Cheshire, UK

Denise, this sounds scrumptious! I love avacado but have never had it in an omelette before. I will substitute the bacon for a veggie version. I don't eat eggs very often, when I do I like to make an omelette which keeps me full all day!


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi Peanutritious-try a tomato instead of the bacon??? just a suggestion. I love tomato and scrambled eggs. Thanks for reading and commenting.


ElleBee 4 years ago

This sounds quite delicious. I love omelets, and I REALLY love avocado. Yum, yum, yum.


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Great, ElleBee-hope you get a chance to make one. In fact, you just reminded me that I have all the ingredients for it this weekend. :)


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livingsta 4 years ago from United Kingdom

Sounds so yummy, will definitely try this for next week. Voted up and sharing :)

Thank you for sharing!!!


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks--it is delicious. I should have bought two avocados this week. I used half on a sandwich yesterday and the other half for guacamole tonight, although I stood there and pondered whether I should set a couple of slices aside for an omelet. Well, there's always tomorrow for picking up another one, haha. Thanks for reading and commenting.


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2patricias 4 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

This looks like a delicious (and substantial) breakfast.

Your photos are great!

I am adding this to my Recipe Index for HubPages - and sharing.


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks, it is very tasty. Thanks for adding this one to your recipe collection. :) Try it, it's delicious!

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