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Cooking With the Kids! The Making of a Macaroni and Cheese Omelette: 10 Easy Steps

Updated on May 28, 2018
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I love cooking. For me, it's not work. It's a joy. I have fun while I'm in the kitchen. It's another place where my creativity sizzles!

The Macaroni and Cheesey/Bacon Omelette

Well, you've come this far. Might as well go through the whole article, write down (or print the instructions; welcome to 2018), and actually cook this crazy dish! Add mac and cheese to any dish, I don't care what it is, and the kids will love it.

The Ultimate Omelette...if You're a Kid

If you wanna make an omelette, you gotta break some eggs!  That's NOT mac & cheese in my hand, just cheddar.
If you wanna make an omelette, you gotta break some eggs! That's NOT mac & cheese in my hand, just cheddar.

Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 2 eggs, whisked
  • 4 strips turkey bacon, cooked until crisp, then crumbled into open omelette
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 2 cups macaroni and cheese (prepped), spooned into omelette

10 Steps Condensed

  1. Pour 1 tbsp of EVOO into frying pan
  2. Heat stove to medium for about 1 minute. Then add turkey bacon and cook from 5-7 minutes. (watch closely as it burns easily because it is leaner than pork bacon)
  3. Shred 1 cup of cheese while bacon cooks
  4. Crumble bacon into small bowl to add to omelette later
  5. Whip 2 eggs with fork or small hand whisk in small bowl
  6. Begin Mac & Cheese
  7. Pour whisked eggs into heated frying pan
  8. Add cheese, bacon bits, and mac & cheese to eggs
  9. Flip/fold omelette
  10. Enjoy!

The Making of a Masterpiece

If you want to make an omelette you have to break some eggs...and add some mac and cheese...and bacon, don't forget the bacon...and more cheese...definitely more cheese.

Step 1.

I poured 1 Tbs of EVOO into the non-stick pan prior to heating and adding turkey bacon. Some people say you shouldn't use EVOO (extra virgin olive oil) for cooking, but I've never had a problem with it. I think Rachel Rae would approve; she uses it for everything.

Grease the Pan

Step 2.

Heat the pan over medium-high heat for about 1 minute, then add turkey bacon. It should be nice and crispy in 5-7 minutes. Watch it closely because it burns easily.

Oven on Med-Hi then add Bacon

Turkey bacon is leaner than pork bacon and will burn fairly easily.  Be sure to keep on eye on it to avoid charred flesh.
Turkey bacon is leaner than pork bacon and will burn fairly easily. Be sure to keep on eye on it to avoid charred flesh.

Step 3.

While the bacon sizzles get that kid to work shredding the cheese. Let him sneak a few pieces here and there. After all, the bible says "do not muzzle the ox while he is threshing." I think we can adapt that for our purposes, "do not muzzle the kid while he is shredding."

Lookin' Good, Jake!

Kids love to create in the kitchen.  Giving them simple tasks builds their confidence and teaches them a skill to boot.
Kids love to create in the kitchen. Giving them simple tasks builds their confidence and teaches them a skill to boot.
Action shot! Never even scraped a knuckle!
Action shot! Never even scraped a knuckle!
Didn't he do a "grate" job?   (lol)
Didn't he do a "grate" job? (lol)

Bacon Done Yet?

Let's check in on the bacon. It should only take between 5-7 minutes to get it just right. I suggest slightly overcooking until nice and crispy, but be careful- with turkey bacon there's a fine line between "crisp" and "burnt-to-a-crisp."

Perfect!  Slightly overcooking the bacon makes it easier to crumble.
Perfect! Slightly overcooking the bacon makes it easier to crumble.

Step 4.

Crumble bacon and place in small bowl for sprinkling inside the omelette later. Once crumbled set in a safe place. It stinks to make all that bacon just right then bump it onto the floor for the cat to enjoy.

Crumbled Bacon

Get that stuff away from the edge of the counter!  What was I thinking?
Get that stuff away from the edge of the counter! What was I thinking?

Step 5. Two Eggs...No More, No Less

I don't care what anybody says, two eggs are the correct number of eggs for making an omelette. I know this from two sources.

  1. Years of experience have proven to me that one egg isn't enough, and more than two can leave the omelette runny on the inside.
  2. L.L. Cool J said it in the movie Deep Blue Sea where he played a chef on a deep sea exploration vessel. Cool J wouldn't lead me astray...Hey, that rhymes!

L.L. Cool J's Omelette legacy

Step 6. Start the Mac & Cheese

Macaroni and cheese takes about 8 minutes to make so I get that going before I start the eggs. I'm neurotic about main entree's and side dishes finishing at the same time. I'm not going to include instructions on how to prepare the macaroni and cheese because directions are on the box.

Step 7. Pouring the Eggs

After heating your moderately oiled frying pan, add the 2 perfectly beaten eggs you've prepped. It's ok for them to bubble a little bit, but you don't want them to start boiling as soon as they hit the pan. That means the pan is too hot. If that happens simply remove the pan from heat and allow it to cool for about 30 seconds, turn down your heat and replace the pan with the eggs, or you could just use another burner all together.

Step 8. Adding the Omelette's Innards

Now add:

  1. Prepared macaroni and cheese
  2. Crispy snippets of turkey bacon
  3. Shredded cheese (liberal amounts- lighten up mom and dad, this is what we call a "sometimes food." it's ok to splurge once in a while.)

Step 9. Flipping Your Omelette

Using your favorite spatula, mine is the eco pro silicone sport 5000 model, (not really, there's no such spatula) gently, but with moderate speed, flip 1/3 of the omelette over onto itself. If done correctly the flipped portion will rest lying atop the contents of the omelette. If it doesn't you may have put too much stuff in. Some people like to do a single flip making a "crescent moon" omelette, but I prefer the "thirds" method because I feel it combines the ingredients better.

Step 10. Enjoy the Fruits of Your Labors!

Pleasing to the eye and rapture to the pallet! Add some toast or mini bagels, whichever the kids prefer, as well as a few blue berries to create the illusion of a healthy food choice.

In all seriousness the kids will love this recipe. It's fun, easy, and it really does taste terrific.

Bon apetit'!

There's no egg on this face!  That smile says it all.  Great fun and great food!
There's no egg on this face! That smile says it all. Great fun and great food!

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    • Leland Johnson profile imageAUTHOR

      Leland Johnson 

      5 months ago from Midland MI

      Audrey- thanks for reading and for the kind words!

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      Audrey Hunt 

      5 months ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      You're a good dad! Your omelet looks delicious. It might be for kids, but this grown-up kid would make quick use of it. Thanks.

    • Leland Johnson profile imageAUTHOR

      Leland Johnson 

      5 months ago from Midland MI

      Hi Peachy-

      He's a good boy. I'll bet yours would like some time in the kitchen with you as well :)

    • peachpurple profile image

      peachy 

      5 months ago from Home Sweet Home

      Your boy is so helpful, mine just wait and eat

    • Leland Johnson profile imageAUTHOR

      Leland Johnson 

      5 months ago from Midland MI

      It was lots of fun even though it needs to be a "sometimes" food. :) thanks for commenting MsDora.

    • Leland Johnson profile imageAUTHOR

      Leland Johnson 

      5 months ago from Midland MI

      Linda- when I mentioned it to my step son his face lit up and he was very excited to try it. Then after he ate it he said, "We gotta do this again!" Thanks for commenting.

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      Dora Weithers 

      5 months ago from The Caribbean

      I'm sure the kids will love it. Thanks for a good share!

    • AliciaC profile image

      Linda Crampton 

      5 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This recipe sounds like it would be great fun for kids to make. I've never thought of adding mac and cheese to an omelette before. It's definitely an interesting idea!

    • Leland Johnson profile imageAUTHOR

      Leland Johnson 

      5 months ago from Midland MI

      Hi Peggy- I think I'm one of those people in need of dietary restrictions! Yes, I don't know a kid who doesn't like mac and cheese. Thanks for commenting. :)

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      Peggy Woods 

      5 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Kids would definitely love this recipe. Hey...don't forget the adults! Sounds like a recipe everyone would like unless they have dietary restrictions.

    • Leland Johnson profile imageAUTHOR

      Leland Johnson 

      5 months ago from Midland MI

      Did you happen to watch the video? I can't believe it was on youtube. It was so perfect for this hub and I laughed out loud when I saw it was available. It's LL Cool J talking about how to make the perfect omelette.

    • Leland Johnson profile imageAUTHOR

      Leland Johnson 

      5 months ago from Midland MI

      haha- yes, we're always chasing the cats off the table. The older one thinks it's a game. I think our laughing at him only encourages his bad behavior. :)

    • FlourishAnyway profile image

      FlourishAnyway 

      5 months ago from USA

      What a fun recipe. Sometimes you have to throw the rules out and do what’s fun for kids, and I like that you involved your son in the cooking! Cute kid! I hope your cats got something.

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