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Caprese Omelet with Smoked Tomatoes

Caprese Omelet with Smoked Tomatoes and Basil Pesto

Well, everybody’s heard of a Caprese Salad, right? Fresh tomato and mozzarella with fresh basil in some form (I like to use my fresh made Basil Pesto). But how about in a Caprese Omelet? Let’s do it!

Here’s my typical Caprese Salad.

So we’re going to pretty much make that the filling in our omelet. However instead of fresh tomatoes, I’m going to use some smoked tomatoes. And instead of fresh mozzarella, I’m going to use, regular grated mozzarella. I am going to use my regular everyday fantastic basil pesto!

OK, here’s how I make an omelet. I put the eggs, a little bit of cream and a pinch of salt in a bowl and whisk the mixture in order to get some air bubbles. This time around I put the eggs, cream and salt in my Bullet and processed that for 20 seconds. This made an unbelievably fluffy omelet! Get as much air in those eggs as you can. I used to go on business trips to a small town in central Illinois. I’d have breakfast at this small diner sitting at the counter watching the short order cooks, well, cook! When I ordered an omelet the cook would put the eggs and some cream in one of those old time milk shakes mixer cups and put it on the mixer like he was making a shake. Lots of air bubbles in those!

Heat a nice non-stick pan with some olive oil and butter in it. Once melted, swirl it around. Add your nice and bubbly egg mixture to the pan. Once the edges start to set, take a rubber spatula and push the edges in towards the middle of the mixture, letting the liquid eggs fill the hole. I don’t like my eggs to be too runny, so I flip over whole omelet over to set the eggs on top. Then I flip it back and add my omelet fillings. You can use a spatula to do this, or you can turn down the heat so the bottom of the omelet doesn’t burn and cover with a lid so the contained heat will set the eggs on top.

In any case, once the eggs are set, add your toppings. I put a couple tablespoons of pesto on the omelet. Spread it around with the back of the spoon. Add your heated smoked tomatoes (I just heated them up in a small glass cup in the micro). And then top with a lite handful of grated mozzarella cheese. Turn the heat off and put a lid on it so the cheese melts. Once melted slide that delicious omelet onto a plate and enjoy that delicious Caprese Omelet!

Basil Pesto

Basil Pesto

I love pesto! I make basil pesto a lot. I also make cilantro pesto and instead of pine nuts I use pistachios. I use this to flavor some of my southwest dishes.
So what are you going to do with basil pesto? Put it on your pasta or your pizza? Of course! As long as the pizza crust is gluten and grain free and the pasta is zoodles or spaghetti squash! You can also put it on your burgers and breakfast sandwiches. Put it on grilled chicken or a steak or fish. Mix it with some olives and tiny fresh mozzarella balls. A cold shrimp salad with black olives and peppers would be great! Put it on a slice of meatloaf!
Here’s the recipe
This makes a lot of pesto. Feel free to cut back.
  • 10 ounces fresh basil leaves
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh garlic
  • 1 cup pine nuts
  • 1 tbl sea salt
  • 2 cups extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 cups grated asiago cheese If you are dairy free, leave out the cheese and add more nuts
If you have whole cloves of garlic out of the skin, drop them in your food processor while its running before you add the basil leaves
So in the bowl of your food processor you have the basil, chopped garlic, sea salt and pine nuts
While the machine is running add the olive oil
Let the machine run for about 10 seconds after you finished adding the oil
Then add the cheese and process for another 10 to 15 seconds to incorporate the cheese