What Came First?

Katherine Heigl collecting eggs from the chicken coop on her ranch

Growing up my mother created a tradition of omelets for dinner. I’m sure it was to give herself a night off from the more complicated gourmet dinners she usually made, though the omelets tasted pretty damn gourmet too. I loved it because it felt a bit wild – breakfast for dinner? Crazy! Yeah, I realize I wasn’t really living on the edge as a kid, but whatever, it was cool to me! So in keeping with tradition and my need for an easy, quick fix meal option, I’ve implemented the omelet for dinner night at the Kelley house. Wild, I know! 

Eggs In A Bowl

Since I have a ranch with a chicken coop I have the pleasure of collecting fresh eggs for our omelets. Sometimes I enlist the girls help, though they get a bit freaked out by our very bossy hens. Truth be told so do I! Bossy hens aside there’s something kind of magical about making my children a meal with the main ingredient coming straight off my own ranch. To dress the dinner up a bit I do three varieties of omelets. The more traditional cheddar, tomato and ham. A sweeter version that includes cream cheese and pineapple chunks and a more refined one that has mild brie, chives and heirloom tomatoes. You can obviously do just about anything you want with an omelet so if you’re feeling creative I say go for it! So with out further ado here are what I like to call my “Ranch to Table Omelets” I hope they provide a wild, yet delicious break from the routine for all of you as well! Enjoy!

Katherine Heigl collecting eggs from her chicken coop
Katherine Heigl collecting eggs from her chicken coop
Katherine Heigl Collecting Eggs From The Ranch
Katherine Heigl collecting eggs on her ranch
Omelet Ingredients

Cheddar, Tomato and Ham Omlete


Makes One Serving

2 eggs

2 Tbs heavy cream ( my mother used to add cream and I just love how rich and fluffy it makes the omelet, but you can omit it if it’s too much for you and just add water)

Pinch of salt and pepper

2 Tbs butter ( I like salted but it’s your choice, I realize that I have a bit of a sodium addiction. Don’t judge)

1/4 cup diced ham steak

1/4 – 1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese ( I like them REALLY cheesy!)

1/4 cup halved cherry tomatoes

Pineapple Cream Cheese Omelet


2 eggs

2 Tbs heavy cream

Pinch of salt and pepper

2 Tbs butter

8 ounce can crushed pineapple

8 ounce package of cream cheese

1/4 diced ham steak

1/4 diced sweet yellow onion

Heirloom Tomato Brie & Chive Omelet


2 eggs

2 Tbs heavy cream

Pinch of salt and white pepper

1/4 cup cubed brie cheese, rind removed

1/4 cup chopped heirloom tomatoes

2 tsp chopped fresh chives ( sprinkle on top of your finished omelet)

Omelet Ingredients


Break eggs into a medium sized bowl and beat in the heavy cream with a fork or whisk. Heat the butter in a small non stick skillet over medium heat until melted. Add the egg mixture and let cook without stirring until the edges have set. Using a rubber spatula start pushing the uncooked eggs from the middle of the pan out towards the edges so that it makes contact with the hot pan. Once you only have about a tablespoon or two of wet egg in the center of your omelet start adding your fillings. First the cheese, if using, then once it’s almost melted add the rest and cook covered just 10 seconds more to heat the ingredients through. Quickly fold the omelet in half and slide it onto your plate. I like my omelet like a taco, but you can also fold it in thirds if you prefer. If you have no idea what that means, check out this video tutorial on the Food Network that tells you how to make the perfect omelet. My mother was my teacher but this video is pretty helpful!

Naleigh went for the ham and cheese omelet
Naleigh went for the ham and cheese omelet.
Adalaide loved the pineapple and cream cheese version
Adalaide loved the pineapple and cream cheese version.
I don't think Josh is excited enough...
I don't think Josh is excited enough...
Maddie went for the classic cheese and tomato omelet
Maddie went for the classic cheese and tomato omelet.
My mother the omelet pro showing me how it's done!
My mother the omelet pro showing me how it's done!
Loving my Brie, tomato and chive omelet!
Loving my Brie, tomato and chive omelet!
Maddie loved that my rosé matched my sweater and couldn't resist grabbing a pic! She kinda caught me slacking on the job!
Maddie loved that my rosé matched my sweater and couldn't resist grabbing a pic! She kinda caught me slacking on the job!
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  • Mariana

    Hello! Loved the post. I will try those recipes. They seem really yummy and easy to make!! Thanks for sharing. Love your work and I am in love with your blog!!

    April 27, 2017 at 10:32 am Reply
  • Lilian

    Love all recipes ! Thanks for sharing…. Ever tried a Spanish Tortilla ? That is also a delicious and easy way to prepare a “wild” dinner with eggs.

    April 27, 2017 at 10:43 am Reply
  • Jamie Palmatier

    I love all the different flavor stations. Makes it cool when you have a big family to take care of everyone. I have three foster brothers myself so food can tend to get crazy. I’ll have to point this idea out to my mom! Thanks KT!

    April 27, 2017 at 11:40 am Reply
  • Klaude

    I don’t read a lot of blogs nowadays because most of them are fake and try and sell you something in the end. Yours, well yours is different. It’s refreshing and real and deeply authentic. You come across as such a genuine soul. Someone I could sit and chat with. I love omelets. I often have them for dinner. I will try these out 😉 Thanks for being you and sharing a little bit of yourself with the world. I love to take a break and read your posts. It’s a great break in my busy days 🙂

    April 27, 2017 at 11:57 am Reply
  • Monica

    That’s what Italians do: eggs for lunch or dinner 🙂 absolutely love the idea! And those pictures are simply stunning

    April 27, 2017 at 12:20 pm Reply
  • Gina Ortiz

    I love omelettes, that is such a fun tradition to have! Thank you for sharing with us!

    April 27, 2017 at 12:45 pm Reply
  • Allison

    I’m a single Mama and omelet’s are a breakfast and dinner staple in our house 🙂 Never even thought of putting fruit in there or even chunks of cream cheese! Can’t wait to give these a try.

    April 27, 2017 at 12:48 pm Reply
  • Joi

    Thank you for sharing these recipes. I’m going to try them. I too am in love with your blog and the pictures! I look forward to getting emails from you. Thank you again

    April 27, 2017 at 12:49 pm Reply
  • Hannah

    My husband does most of the cooking in our home but I have been giving it a shot lately. I will definitely try this recipe! Thank you – I love everything on this site! Gives me a break and inspiration which is nice when you have 3 kids under 5!

    April 27, 2017 at 12:54 pm Reply
  • Sandra Oranje

    I love eggs and these recipes are awesome. If I have to choose right now, the one with the brie is already my favorite 😉 I will try them for sure. :))

    April 27, 2017 at 1:05 pm Reply
  • Paige Still

    These are awesome recipes!! Definitely, will add some omlets to dinner! Thanks for sharing your beautiful family and home.

    April 27, 2017 at 1:20 pm Reply
  • Barbara Hladick

    I am delighted to have found your blog and am enjoying it immensely. I also write a blog and find it to be a lot of fun. I hope you continue to write and share.
    All the best to you!

    April 27, 2017 at 1:35 pm Reply
  • trish

    At our house, we love breakfast for dinner, especially omelettes. thanks for your recipes, great combinations of ingredients!

    April 27, 2017 at 1:41 pm Reply
  • Valerie Bishop

    Mmmm, all of them looked delish! Breakfast for dinner has always been a weeknight treat for our family!! The kids loved it and I did too since it was a quick dinner menu!! I love your family’s reactions to their yummy omelets! Their expressions cracked me up!! Thanks for sharing!

    April 27, 2017 at 1:57 pm Reply
  • Kathy Runkle

    What a great idea! Omelets for dinner! I think my kids would love the idea.

    April 27, 2017 at 2:40 pm Reply
  • Tricia Hall

    Thank you!
    Can’t wait to try them all with my family ♡

    April 27, 2017 at 2:52 pm Reply
  • Stephanie

    Love this! We always seem to do omelets on special occasions with our family. (My dad is the omelet pro in our family.) Breakfast for supper is always fun! (Bring on the pancakes and bacon!) I’ll have to try your variations out. I’d never thought of mixing the ingredients together in that manner before. Great post as always. Thanks for sharing!

    April 27, 2017 at 4:14 pm Reply
  • donna

    Our family loves having breakfast for dinner! When the kids were young, just like you, they thought it was crazy fun to do things “backwards” :).
    Just found your new-ish place on the web…loving it.
    Enjoy your egs!

    April 27, 2017 at 7:02 pm Reply
  • Christine Bello

    I think I am doing omelets tonight! The girls are laying good so lots of eggs to use up! Thanks for the recipes 🙂

    April 27, 2017 at 7:37 pm Reply
  • Kimberly Swindle

    I absolutely look forward to and love your posts! Those omelets look delicious and make me hungry!

    April 27, 2017 at 7:56 pm Reply
  • Corinna

    Oh, it’s sounds HEAVENLY! I’ll try it!!
    Thank you for the recipes!
    Have you an idea with Avocado for this recipe?
    I love to watch your photos! So much harmony there with your Family!
    Greats from Austria!

    April 28, 2017 at 5:02 am Reply
  • Le Cann Sandrine

    Hi ! In France we use to to eat omelet for dinner with “herbes de provences”, potatoes, salad and sometimes with tomatos… love that ! As usual, for breakfast it’s always sugar ! Tea, Coffee, chocolate, break, butter and strawberry Jam ! Delicious !

    April 28, 2017 at 9:14 pm Reply
  • Sofía

    Hi! I’m reading your blog from Argentina, and I wanted to tell you that it’s really amazing how you allow your followers to see parts of your life, and sweet too. You’ve got a beautiful family and I wish you all the happiness in this world. (and I’m gonna keep these recipes, they’re really useful, thanks!❤)

    May 3, 2017 at 3:01 am Reply
  • Amy Cooper

    Breakfast for dinner is one of our favorites and we do it, almost weekly! Omelets are one of our favorites too. I stick with traditional, usually bacon, sausage or ham and cheese because my family is picky. But I am starting be more adventurous, so I may start throwing some veggies in too. Just mine, because they would revolt!!

    May 5, 2017 at 7:04 pm Reply
  • Nancy Heggarty

    I’m really enjoying your blog. You live in such a beautiful area and can give your children such great experiences on the ranch. Being raised on a ranch has given me the best memories that I fondly look back on daily. Thank you for sharing.

    May 7, 2017 at 1:36 pm Reply
  • Ram

    hahah, You are giving the ingredients recipe for the omelette, but you are only the “cooking Director”. 😉
    Take 1: Mom cooking
    Take 2: i eat… hahah

    January 15, 2018 at 8:37 pm Reply
  • Carme’

    Those are the most delicious looking omelets I have ever seen!!! But of course you expect nothing less from Katie Heigl!! You are beyond Amazing !!! ❤️

    August 27, 2018 at 4:30 pm Reply
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