Okay, has anybody out there tried the Ziploc Omelet? A friend e-mailed the recipe to me and I’d never heard of it but an Internet search pulled up lots of references. As usual, I’m probably the last one to hear about this! Here’s the recipe, from the e-mail:
This works great and is good for when all your family is together. The best part is that no one has to wait for their special omelet.
1) Have guests write their name on a quart-size Ziploc freezer bag with permanent marker.
2) Crack two eggs (large or extra-large) into the bag (not more than two) and shake to combine them.
3) Put out a variety of ingredients such as cheeses, ham, onion, green pepper, tomato, hash browns, salsa, etc.
4) Each person adds prepared ingredients of choice to their individual bag and shakes. Make sure to get the air out of the bag and zip it up.
5) Place the bags into rolling, boiling water for exactly 13-15 minutes. You can usually cook 6-8 omelets in a large pot. For more, make another pot of boiling water.
6) Open the bags and the omelet will roll out easily. Be prepared for everyone to be amazed.
Nice to serve with fresh fruit and coffee cake; everyone gets involved in the process and it’s a great conversation piece.
What do you all think? I could see where if you’ve got a crowd in the kitchen and everybody’s hungry it’s a great way to feed lots of folks in a short amount of time. On the other hand, I’m not sure about basically eating boiled scrambled eggs. One of the best parts about cooking and eating omelets is the brown crunchy bits on the bottom mixed with the melted cheese and of course with this you don’t get that yummy flavor experience. But there’s definitely a fun factor here and I can see where it would be entertaining. I may just experiment on myself with this first — but keep a skillet handy just in case.
I’d like to know how it goes. Don’t think I’ll try it myself though.
Monsieur Careme will, no doubt, turn in his grave but I quite like the idea.
My college roomie swears by this, but I just don’t think cooking in plastic can be good for you. Besides, it takes seconds to make an omelet in a skillet.
Your Ginger Friend, Sarah Gaede
As the mother of a long-time boy scout, I can vouch for this recipe. True, not as good as prepared in a skillet, but a fun change.
I like “exactly 13-15 minutes” in the directions.
Husband John Pitts — I hadn’t noticed that. Hey, you’d make a great newspaper editor!!!
Sarah — You are so right. I hadn’t thought about the plastic angle. And you’re right, too, that it only takes seconds to cook an omelete in the skillet. I think the convenience factor with this is that a crowd of folks could get their food cooked this way much faster than doing it one-at-a-time with a skillet. I’m envisioning an omelette cookoff!
I think I’m the last to hear about this. Another plus is no omelet pan to wash.
I tried this after seeing Paula Deen do it. Let’s just say I’m no Paula Deen. It was a disaster.