The Denver Omelette

The Denver Omelette

The Denver Omelette

The Denver Omelette is a change of pace from a French Omelette and is known for its firmer texture and caramelized flavor.

It’s one of the first foods I learned to cook professionally as a line cook in high school. Make it a complete lunch or dinner with arugula salad and toasted bread.


  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • ¼ cup diced smoked ham
  • 2 tablespoons diced onion
  • 2 tablespoons diced green bell pepper
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • ⅓ cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper


  1. Beat eggs in a small bowl until just combined; do not overbeat.
  2. Melt butter in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add ham, onion, and bell pepper; season with salt and pepper. Cook and stir until onions soften and ham begins to caramelize, about 5 minutes.
  3. Reduce heat to medium-low and pour in eggs. Mix briefly with a spatula while shaking the pan to ensure ingredients are evenly distributed.
  4. Quickly run the spatula along edges of Omelette. Sprinkle Cheddar cheese and cayenne pepper over Omelette.
  5. Cook, shaking the pan occasionally, until top is still wet but not runny, about 5 minutes. Use a spatula to fold Omelette in half and transfer it to a plate.

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