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Help me make this recipe 'do-ahead'

15 years ago

Below is one of my favorite recipes from the Barefoot Contessa. It is her Omelet for Two. I am having house guests this weekend and would like to serve this omelet one morning (obviously, I'll have to double and I'll probably cook in two pans when I do). I cannot measure and talk at the same time. So, when I'm having guests, I like to have as much done ahead as possible.

What do you see that I can do ahead? All advice is welcome!

Can I cook the bacon, potatoes, jalapeno and onions and refrigerate?

1/4 pound good thick-cut bacon

1 tablespoon unsalted butter

1 cup medium-diced Yukon gold potato

1/2 cup chopped yellow onion

1 tablespoon minced jalapeno pepper

5 extra-large eggs

2 tablespoons milk or cream

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1/4 cup chopped scallions, white and green parts

4 ounces extra-sharp Cheddar, diced, plus extra grated cheese, for garnish

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Cut the bacon crosswise in 1-inch slices. Cook the bacon in an 8-inch ovenproof saute pan over medium-low heat for 5 to 7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until browned. Drain the bacon on paper towels and discard the fat from the pan. Add the butter to the pan, and then add the potato and yellow onion. Cook over medium-low heat for about 10 minutes, tossing occasionally, until the onion starts to brown and the potato is tender but firm. Add the jalapeno pepper and cook for 30 seconds.

Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, beat the eggs, milk, salt, and pepper together with a fork. Stir in the scallions and diced Cheddar. When the potato is cooked, add the bacon to the pan and pour over the egg mixture. Place the pan in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes, until the omelet puffs and the eggs are almost cooked in the center. Sprinkle with a handful of grated Cheddar and bake for another minute. Serve hot directly from the pan.

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