Cooking With the Kids! The Making of a Macaroni and Cheese Omelette: 10 Easy Steps
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
- 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
- Pour 1 tbsp of EVOO into frying pan
- 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)
- Shred 1 cup of cheese while bacon cooks
- Crumble bacon into small bowl to add to omelette later
- Whip 2 eggs with fork or small hand whisk in small bowl
- Begin Mac & Cheese
- Pour whisked eggs into heated frying pan
- Add cheese, bacon bits, and mac & cheese to eggs
- Flip/fold omelette
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.
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
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
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!
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."
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.
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.
- 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.
- 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
- Prepared macaroni and cheese
- Crispy snippets of turkey bacon
- 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.