Breakfast for Dinner

If you are a Food Network fan, you probably have been sucked into many hours of Giada cooking wonderfully simple and delicious food. She has a knack for making anything look like a snap and beautiful. Not to mention she just seems to be the kind of person that you want to be friends with so she will invite you over for pasta, wine and a chocolate dessert. I saw her make this omelet the other day and decided breakfast for dinner sounded fantastic. This omelet is baked, so it is super easy. I paired it with an arugula salad with tomatoes and slivered almonds, dressed with lemon and olive oil. Even though she is Italian, this meal felt very French to me and I loved it.

Baked Gruyere and Sausage Omelet
Giada De Laurentiis, 2008
serves 4-6

Butter, for greasing baking sheet
2 tablespoons Olive oil
1 small onion, diced
1/2 lb mild turkey sausage, casings removed (use whatever sausage you would like!)
8 large eggs
1/3 cup milk
1 teaspoon kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 1/2 cups (4 oz) grated Gruyere cheese (use whatever cheese you love!)
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Lightly butter an 8 by 8 inch baking dish.

Heat the oil in a medium skillet over medium high heat. Add the onion and cook until translucent, about 3 minutes. Add the sausage and cook until brown, about 5 minutes. Set the pan aside to cool. (If you use a sausage with more fat content, drain the fat off after cooking)

In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, salt and pepper, to taste, until smooth, about 20 seconds. Add the red bell pepper, 1 cup of the cheese and 1/4 cup of the parsley. Stir in the onion mixture. Pour the batter unto the prepared pan. Sprinkle the remaining cheese. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown.

Cut the baked omelet into wedges and sprinkle with the remaining parsley before serving.


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