In our house, sports are a big deal. You can bet the alarm will be set in the morning to get up and watch the Olympics in the early hours, with the gold medal men’s hockey game followed by the closing ceremonies on the schedule.
If you’re like us, and don’t want to miss the action, but also don’t want to miss a meal, consider getting breakfast ready tonight so you can pop it in the oven in the morning and have it ready during the Olympic coverage.
There are some classic make-ahead recipes out there, like the Best of Bridge wifesaver. If you haven’t tried this and you have the time to go grocery shopping, time to prep it today, and are feeding a few, by all means, this is a great one.
But if you want something simpler and/or want to use what you’ve got on hand, an oven omelette is easy to prep ahead and pop in the oven in the morning.
Tonight when making supper, bake a couple of potatoes, which are always great the next day. You can also spend time tonight prepping any veggies you want to put in the omelette – fry some peppers, green onions, mushrooms, cook some bacon, ham and/or sausage and and put everything in the fridge until morning. If you do want potatoes, I suggest slicing them and frying them to crisp them up.
Tomorrow morning, put the veggies, meat and potatoes in the bottom of a greased baking dish (we like to use our pyrex dish; a quiche dish is great too). Scramble some eggs with grated cheese, some spices, and pour over. Bake at 375 for 45 minutes to an hour, depending on the portion size. Check on it during the commercials! If you like, in the last 15 minutes, place tomato slices on top and cover with grated cheese – this is my husband Ron’s secret as he is a wizard at a throw-together oven omelette.
If you prefer a recipe with portions spelled out for you, consider the oven baked Denver omelette below, which Karen made last weekend when our good friends the Newmans visited. We fried the potatoes and served on the side. We’ve enjoyed a few meals with them centred around Riders games, and this one is perfect for hosting sports fans.
Baked Denver Omelet
Ingredients (experiment with what you like)
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 onion, chopped
1/2 green bell pepper, chopped
1 cup chopped cooked ham (Karen used mild Italian sausage and bacon would be great too)
1/4 cup milk
1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
salt and ground black pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Grease a 10-inch round baking dish.
- Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat; cook and stir onion and bell pepper until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in ham and continue cooking until heated through, 5 minutes more.
- Beat eggs and milk in a large bowl. Stir in Cheddar cheese and ham mixture; season with salt and black pepper. Pour mixture into prepared baking dish.
- Bake in preheated oven until eggs are browned and puffy, about 25 minutes. Serve warm.
Enjoy your Sunday morning and “Go Canada!”