From Italy came cheesy pizza. Sushi was born in Japan. Do you wonder who we owe our breakfast of vegetable-rich omelet to? If so, get ready to discover the history of the omelet.
The Making Of The ‘Omelet’
Many folklores quote that the fluffy mystery of the omelet was cracked open in France. Omelet or Omelette (attested in the mid-16th century) is a variation of the French word ‘amelette’ The difference of the first vowel in the two words occurs due to the forms of ‘œuf’ meaning ‘egg’. In fact, the word ‘amelette’ come from even older forms, the oldest being ‘alemelle’ that belongs to the 13th century. It means the blade of a knife and is inspired by the flattened shape of the dish.
Napoleon Bonaparte is believed to have first tasted the omelet. When Napoleon and his army stopped at an inn near the town of Bessieres, the innkeeper served him an omelet in his honor. He loved the meal so much that he asked them to gather all the eggs possible and prepare the biggest egg feast for his army. The traditional Easter omelet is believed to have been inspired by that event.
Another claim on omelets is laid by the Romans who supposedly cooked the first omelet dish. Since it had a sweet flavor of honey, an omelet was known by the name ‘ovemele’ (egg and honey).
America too has its share of history related to the first preparation of an omelet. The famous Denver omelet started as the Denver sandwich, made up of two pieces of toast with an omelet between them. This sandwich grew popular near 1900. It was later on when the Denver omelet was discovered. The Denver omelet consists of cheese, diced ham, mushrooms, onions, and green pepper. A traditional tale reveals that the Denver omelet was prepared to suppress the stale flavor of eggs brought by a wagon freight.
Recipes Of Some Popular Varieties Of Omelets
Now that you know the history of the omelet, try some of these delicious egg preparations from different parts of the world.
Japan prepares its eggs in a rectangular shape that may look difficult but is, in fact, easy to prepare. It is made by rolling several layers of thin omelets. The whisked eggs also include sugar, water, and rice vinegar in them. When cooked and rolled up, the omelet is cut into pieces and is enjoyed with flavorsome dips.
Tortilla De Patatas, Spain
This omelet is prepared with ‘patatas’ meaning potatoes that are sliced and sautéed in oil with onion, bell pepper, and ginger. The potatoes are then stirred into the beaten eggs and are again cooked on both sides. When it is done and has cooled down, this cake-like omelet is cut into wedges and is served.
French Omelette, France
The French omelette has a reputation for being a gourmet dish in France. This special dish is prepared with clarified butter, cheese, tomatoes, and onions that are sautéed along with whisked eggs. It is usually served with a filling of spinach and ham.
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