Of all the extra appliances I have, the panini machine is perhaps the most neglected.
Then an idea emerged at a science conference. In between chemistry experiments and anatomy curriculum, a home chef emerged from the kitchen and placed a plate on my lap. I curiously examined a scrumptious-looking breakfast that looked like an omelette but was delightfully rolled up with the tell-tale indentations of a panini machine.
If it hadn't looked so tasty, it would have been too charming to eat.
"What is this?" I asked.
"It's a panomelette!" the chef replied.
A science lesson of another sort emerged as we scrambled to the kitchen to watch a chef prove her hypothesis that an omelette could be cooked on a panini machine. In a matter of minutes, one panomelette after another emerged for immediate consumption. It was the most brilliant experiment of the day.
With the great taste of an omelette, the panini machine lends crunch and texture to the outside but keeps the integral flavor of an omelette.
It's simple to make: Dust off that panini machine and plug it in. Using a base of eggs, cheese and milk, create your favorite omelette. Pour it on the panini machine.
Loaded with protein, healthy fat, and fresh vegetables, omelette + panini = a scrumptious panomlette and a hit for any family.
1 dozen eggs
½ cup cheddar or pizza blend cheese
1 dash of milk
¼ cup crumbled bacon
¼ cup diced tomatoes (or any variety of vegetables)
salt and pepper to taste
1. Spray the inside of a panini machine with a nonstick spray. Plug in to heat.
2. Crack eggs into a bowl. Whisk. Add ¼ cup cheese, milk, bacon, 1/8 of the tomatoes, salt and pepper. Stir.
3. When panini machine is hot, slowly pour on egg mixture, using a spatula to cover the inner surface as evenly as possible. Close lid and cook 3-4 minutes to desired look and taste. Open. Panomelette!
4. Cut panomelette into strips with a pizza cutter. Using a spatula, transfer panomelette to a plate. Add extra cheese and tomatoes. Serve.
Helpful hints: Place a small bowl underneath the runoff spout on the panini machine. Eggs wander. The small bowl will catch the extra, which you can gradually add to the panini machine for less waste.
Of course, the ingredient list can be endlessly originally. If you like peppers, onions, and hashbrowns in your omelette, add them. In addition to tasty, the beauty of omelettes is the ease of catering to individual taste. Adding the omelette to the panini machine gives it that extra special flair.
Just in time for Mother's Day, serve this to your wife, mother, grandmother, or any other special lady in your life. Give her permission to devour it immediately.
Amy Makechnie is a writer from New Hampshire and the author of www.maisymak.com.