Omelets: A tasty way to clean out the fridge

Do you open the fridge and stare at disgust at the various leftovers and scrapes of produce slowely rotting away in the far corners?

Well maybe you do a better job of cleaning out your fridge than I do, but either way we all end up having bits of foods that need to get eaten by the end of the week.

Here is where the omelet comes to the rescue. All you need is eggs and whatever crap has been sitting around in your kitchen…and as the great chef Emeril says, “Bam”..tasty grub is served.

In an ideal situation where I have all my favorite ingredients, I have learned from my time living in San Antonio and go the huevos-rancheros route… Egg white omelet (cause I am freaking healthy), fixed with mushroms, onion, bell peppers, cheese, and topped with salsa and cliantro and plenty of tex/mex seasoning. My usual ratio is to actually have more “fillers” then egg, leading to a flavor packed dish. The key is to cook all the mushrooms, onions, and other “fillers” in the pan first. Then add the egg. This strategy not only cooks the vegetables fully, but also makes sure all those good flavors and juices are infused with the omelet. So once the egg is added, you mix  everything together and then just let is sit so the bottom of the egg gets nice and cooked. Once done, you simply plate and fold over the egg/filler mix to create that stereotypical “omelet” look.

Now omelet purist argue that you are supposed to cook the egg and then add “fillers” on top of the cooked egg right before you make the fold…Well…if you want to be a purist fine…but I say screw that. I liked getting the entire omelet “infused” with all the ingredients.

A tex/mex  style omelet is my personal favorite. But anything goes great in this egg dish and best of all it is perfectly fine for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or second dinner.

Leftover chicken, throw in in the pan. Some swiss cheese that has gotten a little too funky, thow it in the pan. Last night’s California roll…well maybe not sushi; but pretty much eveything else can work suprisingly well in a simple omelet.

And if you are like me, and you have WAY to much crap going bad in the fridge, so that your “filler” to egg ratio is getting a little out of control; you may end up not having enough egg to hod the omelet together. But that’s perfectly ok, because scrambled eggs taste just as good, even if they really end up looking like a per-chewed omelet. People often say “you eat with your eyes.” While visuals have a role to play in every meal, taste will always trump a meal’s appearance (ala “Iron Chef” judging).

But what happens in that rare occasion where the whole mixture of old vegetables, takeout dinners, and other stuff just ends up tasting like crap. Easy fix, just add cheese. As has previously mentioned, the power of cheese is great, and makes everything taste better.

Seriously, next time you are confused on what to eat for dinner, and dealing with a bunch of neglected items in the fridge, make an omelet. Its gona be damn good, and you get bonus points for cleaning out the fridge… for once.

Fed Up with food going bad in the fridge? Just throw everything in a pan, add some eggs, and dinner is served. Oh, and throwing a few dried chives on top makes you suddenly feel like a gourmet chef.

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Author:Mr. Fed Up

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16 Comments on “Omelets: A tasty way to clean out the fridge”

  1. April 13, 2012 at 9:59 pm #

    Mr. Fed Up, that is one huge omelet, sir! Looks delicious!

  2. Lisa
    April 25, 2012 at 4:19 pm #

    Yes omelets are so easy and a great way to finish up all those little leftovers you know you will never use. Great post!

    • April 25, 2012 at 9:26 pm #

      Omelets are simply one of the most versatile meals to make…the only problem is when you dont have any eggs in the house.

  3. May 1, 2012 at 8:34 am #

    I’m glad other people like their filler:egg ratio the way I do! More filler!

    • May 1, 2012 at 8:58 am #

      Yep. the egg is good, but the fillers are better!

  4. May 7, 2012 at 6:52 am #

    Sounds like my kind of an egg dish! 🙂

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