Giada De Laurentiis Makes an ‘Easier’ Version of This Breakfast Classic When She’s Short on Time

Giada De Laurentiis’ baked omelet is the Food Network star’s answer to a quick meal when she’s short on time. Serve it for breakfast with a batch of the Everyday Italian alum’s Mediterranean oatmeal or have it for dinner with a side salad.

Giada De Laurentiis’ baked omelet is more than a breakfast recipe

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The Le Cordon Bleu-trained chef whipped up her Baked Gruyere and Sausage Omelet on an episode of Giada at Home. In the process, she explained just how versatile it is. An Italian take on the traditional French omelet, De Laurentiis said her version is “much easier to make.” 

“It’s great because when I don’t have a lot of time to cook this is one of my favorite go-to meals,” she said noting, “It’s a perfect breakfast for dinner.”

“In Italy, it’s funny because it’s not that weird to have eggs for dinner In fact, we have more eggs for dinner than we ever have for breakfast,” she later added. “Breakfast is usually just toast and jam. But eggs? Lunch and dinner.” 

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De Laurentiis’ baked omelet takes about 45 to make, according to Food Network. However, there are some steps the Eat Better, Feel Better author takes to speed up the cooking process.

De Laurentiis’ recipe calls for turkey sausage with the casings removed. To save time in the kitchen the cooking show host suggests asking the butcher at the grocery store to remove the casings. 

“It makes it easy because I don’t have to touch it,” she said as she put the turkey sausage in the pan.

Another way the 51-year-old saves time is by putting the cheese in the freezer before getting started on the omelet. 

“What I do is I like to put it in the freezer for about 15 minutes and then pop it in the fridge right before I’m going to use it so it stays nice and cold and it’s easy to grate,” she explained.

What reviewers have to say about De Laurentiis’ baked omelet 

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The reviews are in and De Laurentiis’ Baked Gruyere and Sausage Omelet is a winner. At the time of publication, her recipe averages five stars on Food Network’s website. Not only that but it’s also been reviewed 115 times.

So what do reviewers have to say about it? They love how easy it is to make and that they can use whatever’s in the fridge for fillings. 

“This is super easy and delicious! The gruyere cheese makes it extra rich and savory. Easy to modify with ham, bacon, or other ingredients you may have on hand,” a reviewer said. “This is one of my favorite breakfast casseroles to serve for guests.” 

“I just can’t express how good this was. It fulfilled my recipe criteria of excellent taste, easy preparation, and correct timing,” another reviewer said. “I’ve made this recipe many times and it always turns out perfectly. I’ve even swapped in broccoli, cheddar cheese, and diced ham with great success,” they added, calling it a “quick, delicious, family meal.”

Other reviewers loved how easy it was to make when they had people over.

“What a perfect dish to make for company or to have on hand that can easily be cut in squares and frozen for when needed. I whipped this up within an hour of serving it to a house guest and it was absolutely delicious,” a reviewer said. “It’s a great way to have a savory egg dish for more than two people without having to be in the kitchen at the frying pan.”