Not a likely combination, I thought. I even had the nerve to say “I don’t think I’m going to like it” to my host when she made it. Boy, was I wrong! It was delicious and, 3 weeks later, I haven’t stopped thinking about it.
For me, the Giada recipe my friend followed was a little too sweet and buttery — plus, more importantly, I’m always looking for ways to pare down calories so this is my version.
If you compare recipes, you’ll note I really reduced the sugar and fat elements. I also dropped the idea of whipped cream on the side and swapped out the heavy cream in the egg mixture for mozzarella. (Didn’t have cream and I thought a little soft fresh mozzarella would work just as well. It did.) I also decided to add basil to the berries and I recommend that no matter whose recipe you follow.
This one’s for you, Carolyn!
Author: Joan Nova, aka FOODalogue
Recipe type: breakfast, brunch
- 4 strawberries, hulled and thinly sliced
- 1 flat tsp granulated sugar
- 1 dash sherry vinegar glaze
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 2 tbs fresh mozzarella, finely diced
- 1 tbs mint, finely minced
- 2 leaves basil, julienned
- 1 pat unsalted butter
- 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil (little less)
- dash of vanilla
- Prepare strawberries and mix with sugar and vinegar.
- Set aside.
- Beat eggs, add a dash of vanilla, mint and the mozzarella.
- Heat butter and oil.
- Add egg mixture and cook on medium-low till set (about 4 mins.)
- Invert in pan and shut off heat.
- Toss strawberries with julienned basil.
- Add berries (reserving some for topping) to one side of omelet and fold over.
- Top with reserved berries.
Add a little sugar to the butter-oil for caramelization to the outside of the omelet.
Finishing Touch: I always add a fresh grind of black pepper to fruit or other sweets to balance.
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