Cheese Omelet AKA Cheese Souffle
This Cheese Omelet was one of my mom’s go-to Lenten recipes. Not a typical Omelet, it’s absolutely delicious, and simply made from eggs, cheese, and bread!
Though more like a Cheese Souffle than an omelet, the egg whites are whipped separately to give a delightful lightness to this easy vegetarian recipe.
Cheese Omelet AKA Cheese Souffle
Most of my recipes can be found in binders, all printed off the computer over the past 15 years or so. But I have a few treasured note cards in my recipe box, in my mom’s handwriting. This Cheese Omelet is one of those. It comes out every Lent when a meatless meal is needed. A mixture of cheese, eggs, and bread, it is simple and tasty. Not quite an omelet, not quite a soufflé recipe, but quite delicious.
What’s the Difference Between a Souffle and an Omelet?
A French Souffle Recipe is an egg dish with whipped egg whites and egg yolks combined with other ingredients to make either a savory or sweet dish. This Cheese Omelet definitely fulfills the souffle definition.
On the other hand, an omelet is also an egg dish but can be made in a couple of different ways. An omelet, or omelette, is made of beaten eggs, sauteed in oil or butter, then folded over other ingredients like cheese, meats, herbs, and/or vegetables. Unlike scrambled eggs, the mixture is not stirred while cooking. A French omelet is made by a special technique where eggs are stirred with a fork while cooking and the pan is also shaken. This results in a fluffier consistency and is removed from the heat slightly underdone.
Upon further investigation, there are four categories of omelets: American, French, Frittata, and Souffle. So it all makes sense now!
How to Make a Cheese Souffle
- Slice your bread into 3/4 to 1-inch pieces, leaving crusts on. Use hearty bread so it does not completely disintegrate when the milk is added. My mom used sandwich bread when making this cheese souffle recipe, so it is an alternative.
- Make sure to butter the bread before slicing.
- As with meringue, make sure your bowls and utensils are grease-free before beating the whites. Even a speck of egg yolk contaminating the whites will prevent them from whipping properly.
- Whip the whites until they’re white and fluffy, then use a rubber spatula to gently fold them into the bread, cheese, and yolk mixture.
- Sharp Cheddar cheese was my mom’s cheese of choice, but so many varieties would work well. Monterey Jack, Gruyere, or even a Pepper Jack would be delicious.
- If you want a crusty or brown topping, place the souffle under the broiler for a minute or two, watching carefully so it doesn’t burn.
A Staple Meatless Meal
Perfect for Lent, but also lovely when looking for a vegetarian entree to work into your menu. The cheese and eggs provide plenty of protein and are fine to eat if you’re a lacto-ovo vegetarian. Here are some more meatless meals you’ll love:
- French Gruyere Souffle
- Eggplant Rollatini
- Penne alla Vodka
- Spinach Mushroom Quiche
- Stuffed Pasta Shells
- Spinach Souffle
- Easy Pizza Margherita
- Chili Relleno Casserole
- Homemade Macaroni and Cheese
- More Meatless Meals
Bread and Cheese Omelet that's more like a souffle!
- 4 slices of bread
- 2 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
- 1 cup milk
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- A dash of freshly ground black pepper
- 1 cup grated cheese, I used sharp cheddar
- 4 egg yolks
- 4 stiffly beaten egg whites
- Butter casserole dish and preheat oven to 325º.
- Butter the bread and cut into 1-inch cubes. Put in large bowl and add milk. If bread is dry, more milk may be needed. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and cheese, and gently toss to combine.
- Beat egg yolks until light and stir into bread mixture. Fold in beaten egg whites. Put into casserole dish and bake for 30-35 minutes.
Recipe courtesy of my mom
79 Comments on “Cheese Omelet AKA Cheese Souffle”
Wow! That sounds so delicious right now.
That looks really yummy! No one can beat the easy fix meal for a perfect quick delicious dinner. Super appetizing! Found your blog from Just as Delish 🙂
This would make such a delicious breakfast…so eggy and cheesy, yum!
Wow looks delicious! Mom’s recipes are always the best of all and yes i have treasured my mom’s handwritten recipes too 🙂
perfect for the weekend brunch on Sunday will have to bookmark this one the kids will love love love it!
I adore this hybrid dish – looks cheesy, puffy and delicious 😀
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I love those treasured hand written recipes – they are the best! This look delicious! (I goofed and put this comment on your tenderloin recipe – that looks delicious also BTW).
Lizzy, you always make such delicious looking food! This is great comfort food x
That is my kind of dish. I love cheese, bread and eggs! 🙂 It looks scrumptious and I can almost feel the aroma over here. Yum.
I so love cheese-and-egg based entrees! This is a fun dish–a cross amongst a strata, an omelet and a souffle.
Yum! So simple, but full of flavour. Would love to have that for brunch this weekend.
That looks like something that be really good to eat for breakfast…
all with cheese id delicious to me!! amazing! xxx
This is a perfect weekend breakfast idea. Love the flavors!
such handrwritings are the most valuable
So gorgeous – I can just imagine how great this tasted!
Wat a perfect meal
This is a special omelet in more ways than one. I bet its preparation makes this taste great and more importantly, it’s from your mom. 🙂
In the age of online recipe binder, I find myself always so drawn to the recipe cards with my Grandmas handwriting on them. And I love this recipe, it looks like an egg souffle, so pretty.
What a wonderful recipe handed down from your Mom, they are the best ones. Hope you have a lovely day.