What is ciabatta? It’s an Italian bread similar to the French baguette but flatter and broader. That makes it ideal for splitting and stuffing with a generous amount of filling.
The omelette which is rolled in the pan is thick as you can see. Had I used a baguette, the omelette roll would be narrower and even thicker to make it fit snugly. Considering that baguette is rounder, holding the sandwich and biting into it would require, well… my hands aren’t large and I can’t open my mouth that widely.
The ham, scallions and bell pepper sprinkled on the eggs while cooking can be substituted with whatever you wish. Pieces of cooked sausage, onion, carrot and celery would be good. If you don’t eat meat, sauteed mushrooms would make a delicious replacement.
To make the omelette fit snugly in the split bread, use a square or rectangular pan that’s the same size as the length of the bread. We used a makiyakinabe (Japanese pan used for cooking tamagoyaki) but any square or rectagular skillet will do.
Breakfast omelette sandwich
- 4 eggs - divided
- onion powder
- granulated garlic
- 2 tablespoons butter
- ¼ cup chopped bell pepper - divided
- ¼ cup finely sliced scallions - divided
- ½ cup chopped ham - divided
- 1 ciabatta - toasted and split
- lettuce - or thinly sliced cucumber, or both
- Crack two eggs into a bowl and add a generous pinch each of onion powder, pepper and granulated garlic, and two generous pinches of salt.
- Beat the eggs until frothy.
- Melt a tablespoon of butter in a pan and pour in the beaten eggs.
- Sprinkle half of the bell pepper, scallions and ham on the eggs.
- When the eggs are firm along the edges, use a spatula to lift a third of one long side, and fold it over the wet top of the omelette to start making a roll.
- Fold again to completely seal the ham and vegetables.
- Cook the omelette for a minute then turn it over and cook for another minute to make sure that the eggs are cooked through and the surface is lightly browned.
- Repeat to make a second omelette.
- Spread mayonnaise on the bottom halves of the ciabatta and top with lettuce or cucumber slices or both.
- Carefully lay an omelette on each of the bottom halves then cover with the top halves.
- Serve your omelette breakfast sandwiches.