We hosted a dinner with about 15 people over the weekend and decided to mix things up a bit. My family did this on Christmas day, and I thought it would be a fun and different way to cook for a crowd, so I tried it again and it was a success!
Basically it's a DIY omelet party. It's fairly cheap, mess free and
fun! Everyone can customize their own omelets, so you can't be to blame
if they don't end up liking their dinner...score! First, you need to
find some Ziplock zip 'n steam bags. (no, Ziplock didn't pay me to say any of this). You want to use these specific bags because they are made for heating up. I wouldn't want to mess with conventional bags because it might not be safe to use at high temps.
Set out some ingredients! We did chopped onions, green peppers, mushrooms, cheddar cheese and diced ham. You could do spinach, bacon, sausage, salsa or any other yummy things that you prefer in your omelet! And don't forget to set out the salt and pepper!
Have everyone write their name on the bag with a sharpie. Then, crack 2 eggs in their bag and load up on ingredients. If you add too many toppings they take longer to cook. So, maybe just about 2 spoonfuls of each thing. Then, squish everything together.
Pop the bags into boiling water...
Put on the lid and set the timer for 13 minutes. You might want to add more minutes if you are doing 3 eggs or lots of toppings. But, for a normal size omelet, 13 minutes is perfect.
When the time is up, pull out the bags. They should now look like this
And slide them onto a plate...and eat!
Yum! I served it with fresh fruit and homemade cinnamon rolls.
Has anyone ever tried this?
**UPDATE: Some people have commented about concerns of heating up plastic bags. I wanted to point out that I DON'T recommend using conventional freezer bags for this. I know that they may work the same, but they aren't safe to use with food when being heated up. That being said, the zip 'n steam bags are a better option. However, it's probably not something you want to do daily. I personally don't heat anything up in the microwave in plastic containers because they may or may not be emitting chemicals in my food. But, I thought these omelets in a bag were a fun idea to do once or twice a year when cooking for a large crowd and using safer plastic bags.