Inside-Out Omelettes

Stuffed Pepper Quiche

I can make a beautiful omelette.

But I usually don’t.

I tend to get carried away, chopping up way more vegetables than I can ever fit inside.  Then I go for it anyway – and end up with a half-folded, ragged omelette and a veggie avalanche. It’s delicious, but it’s not much to look at.

This, however…

Stuffed Pepper Quiche

It’s stunning! I snatched it off the breakfast table, from under my mother’s fork, so I could take a picture before it disappeared.

Idaho Sunrise Potatoes

I’ve cooked eggs inside other vegetables before.

I made this (inspired by Sara of Our Best BitesIdaho Sunrise recipe) for my potato-loving sister when I was home for spring break.

Idaho Sunrise Potatoes

Then I tried cooking eggs inside mushrooms.

Mushroom

It mostly worked.

Stuffed Mushroom

This mushroom couldn’t handle a whole egg, but the messy results still made a good lunch!

Mushroom for Lunch

My latest experiment, however, established that peppers are the perfect vegetable for an inside-out omelette.

Peppers

Once you remove the stem and seeds, there’s plenty of room inside (even for me).

Pepper

Their emptiness offers so many possibilities—and this recipe takes brilliant advantage of them.

And besides that, peppers make a much better shell for quiche than the traditional piecrust.

Stuffed Pepper Quiche

For each person you’re serving:

  • 1 bell pepper
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 small splash milk (about a tablespoon)
  • Salt, pepper, and other seasonings to taste
  • ½ C chosen filling (cooked meat, cheese, other veggies)

Slice off tops of bell peppers and remove seeds.

Empty Pepper

If the peppers wobble, cut a small amount off the bottoms to make them flat.

Flat-bottomed Pepper

Chop the top portion of the pepper.

Pepper top

Fill peppers nearly to the top with chopped pepper and other fillings.

I used mozzarella and turkey sausage from my family’s favorite recipe (browned and crumbled).

Fillings

Beat the eggs with milk and seasonings. Pour into peppers.

Filled Pepper

I finished by sprinkling green onions on top.

Place peppers on a lightly greased baking sheet and bake at 350°F for 45 minutes, or until the eggs are cooked through.

Filled Peppers

Not everyone in my house loves peppers like I do, so I cooked these little soufflés in custard dishes or coffee mugs instead.

Souffle

They were a hit! In fact, Miss Chief Picky Eater requested another for her breakfast a few days later!

Souffle

These options aren’t as colorful, but they still have some visual appeal–or even more, if you don’t like peppers!

(Thanks to Rebecca at Cooking with my Kid for this idea)

Note: If you cut the quiche open and find the eggs aren’t cooked through, you can save your breakfast from disaster with a quick zap in the microwave. (The texture of microwaved eggs isn’t as good, though, so it’s better to make sure you bake it long enough in the oven.)

Stuffed Pepper Quiche

Our garden is just taking off, so I’ll be back soon with more ideas for wonderful summer vegetables!

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13 thoughts on “Inside-Out Omelettes

  1. They looks delicious, lovely and smart… We love omlettes, we made lots of omlettes at our site also, but these are very very smart. We love them.

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