It’s no secret that omelettes are delicious. Perhaps one might say they make for the best breakfast in Denver, or anywhere else for that matter. We all know that this classic combination of fluffy eggs stuffed with fillings like cheese, ham and vegetables is delicious and nutritious. What better way to start off your morning? But how much do you know about the origins of this traditional breakfast?
People have been eating eggs since ancient times and the modern day omelette has evolved throughout the centuries. The French word omelette was first used in the mid-16thcentury, although different versions of both the word and the dish had been in use prior to this. The classic French version of the dish is a bit different than what we are used to seeing on our plate. It is rolled, rather than folded in half and the egg is cooked much softer. Often chopped fresh herbs such as chives, tarragon and parsley are added, as well as are tomato, cheese and meat. French omelettes use less filling than their American counterparts.
Other countries around the world have their own versions of the dish. The Italians make frittata, which is made open faced and can include vegetables, cheese and leftover pasta. In Spain they make them the same way, but it’s called a tortilla. In Japan they have several types, the tamagoyaki being the traditional style that consists of many thin layers of seasoned, cooked egg stacked together, rolled in a sushi mat and sliced. In Thailand they deep fry the eggs for khai chiao, and serve it over rice with Sriracha sauce. In Southern Germany and Austria they make Bauernomelette, or farmer’s omelette, which includes onions, boiled potatoes and bacon. An Iranian omelette is called Khagineh and is simply eggs beaten with sugar and cooked quickly in a hot pan.
When you want to enjoy a delicious, hearty omelette for the best breakfast in Denver, visit us at The Original Pancake House in Cherry Hills or the Denver Tech Center.