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Charleston Omelet Bar
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Recipe courtesy of Kardea Brown

Charleston Omelet Bar

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 55 min
  • Active: 50 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
I love when I go out to brunch and there's an omelet station. I thought it would be fun to create one at home for when my friends and family come over. Everyone can customize their omelets with their favorite ingredients. For my omelet, I love to add crabmeat, shrimp, sauteed peppers and onions, and Havarti cheese. It's so good!



  1. Preheat the oven to its warm setting, or 200 degrees F.
  2. Heat the oil and 1 tablespoon butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Add the onions and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a bowl. Add the peppers to the skillet and cook until softened, about 3 minutes. (Add additional oil to the skillet if the vegetables are dry.) Transfer to a bowl.
  3. Add another tablespoon butter to the skillet. Add the shrimp. Sprinkle with 1 teaspoon seafood seasoning and 1 teaspoon lemon juice. Cook until the shrimp are done and turn pink, about 3 minutes. Transfer to a bowl. Combine the crab, remaining teaspoon seafood seasoning and remaining teaspoon lemon juice in a bowl.
  4. Set up the omelet bar: In addition to the onions, pepper and seafood, arrange the cheeses, mushrooms, diced ham, green onions and herbs in bowls on a serving platter.
  5. Whisk together the eggs, milk, salt and pepper in a large bowl. For each omelet, melt 1 tablespoon butter in an 8-inch nonstick skillet over medium-low heat. Ladle one-quarter of the egg mixture into the skillet (enough to fill the bottom of the skillet.) Tilt the pan to spread the egg mixture evenly. Use a spatula and loosen the edges and run the uncooked yolk underneath as the omelet cooks.
  6. Once the eggs are set, place 2 slices of cheese in a single layer to cover the egg. Sprinkle with the desired toppings on one side of the omelet. Carefully fold the omelet in half. Slide the omelet onto a serving plate and repeat with the remaining ingredients. Place the cooked omelets in the warm oven while cooking the remaining omelets, if desired.