The IHOP family restaurant chain has been serving a wide variety of breakfast, lunch and dinner selections for nearly 50 years. Offering 14 types of pancakes as well as omelettes, breakfast specialties, burgers, sandwiches, salads, chicken and steaks, IHOP's diverse menu appeals to people of all ages. IHOP restaurants are franchised and operated by Glendale, California-based International House of Pancakes, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of IHOP Corp. As of September 30, 2007, the end of IHOP Corp.'s third quarter, there were 1,328 IHOP restaurants in 49 states, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Canada and Mexico. This site will provide you with restaurant news and copycat recipes for IHOP




Build Your Own Omelet Like IHOP

As far as breakfast is concerned, nothing, in my opinion, beats a good Omelette. There are really endless options available for making a good filling. This page will explore some of the best and unique items to put into an omelette and take a look at what is on the breakfast menu at some of the finer dining establishments.

HOP restaurants have a wide variety of omelettes on their menu. The create your own omelette caught my eye as I have been to several breakfast buffets where the chef will custom make an omelette in front of you using the ingredients of your choice.

IHOP's choice of omelette fillings is rather limited with bacon, ham, pork sausage, mushrooms, green peppers, onions, cheese, tomatoes and spinach being the only choices.

After looking at quite a few restaurant menus, I created the list below to help you and me get more creative with our omelettes.

Cheese Choices

  • American
  • Jack
  • Swiss
  • Cheddar
  • Mozzarella
  • Cream Cheese
  • Feta Cheese

Meat Choices

  • Ham
  • Sausage
  • Bacon
  • Sliced Steak
  • Pork Sausage
  • Italian Sausage
  • Bacon
  • Sliced Chicken
  • Taco Meat
  • Hamburger

Vegetable Choices

  • Avocado
  • Bell Pepper
  • Onion
  • Mushrooms
  • Tomato
  • Broccoli
  • Spinach
  • Black Olives
  • Jalapeno Peppers
  • Asparagus
  • Potatoes
  • Black Beans
  • Green Chilis

Seasonings & Herbs

  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Chili Powder
  • Garlic
  • Chives
  • Basil
  • Cilantro

Sauce Choices

  • Sour Cream
  • Salsa
  • Hollandaise
  • Nacho Cheese
  • Pesto
  • Pico de Gallo
  • Garlic Cream
  • Sausage Gravy

Creative Omelettes from Various Restaurants

Vegetable Supreme Omelette - Green peppers, green onion, tomatoes, black olives and your choice of cheese.

Pesto Omelette - Pesto, fresh tomatoes and mozzarella cheese.

Mediterranean Omelette - Mozzarella & feta cheeses, tomatoes, fresh spinach, black olives and onions.

California Omelette - Bacon, avocado and cream cheese.

Greek Omelette - Tomato, feta cheese and spinach.

Italian Omelette - Sausage, onions, peppers and provolone cheese

The Engineer Omelette - Ham, Onion, Swiss cheese & tomato.

The Hollywood Omelette - Hamburger, tomato, avocado & American cheese.

The Florentine Omelette - Bacon, spinach & mozzarella cheese topped with marinara sauce and Parmesan cheese.

JR Coductor - Spinach, artichoke hearts, onions and cream cheese

The Turkey Club Omelette - Turkey, avocado, tomato and cream cheese.

The Southern Omelette - Bacon, sausage and tomato with sausage gravy.

The Philly Omelette - Sliced beef, mushrooms, onions and mozzarella cheese.

Mexican Chicken Omelette - Chicken, red and green peppers, tomatoes, onions, cheddar cheese topped with salsa and sour cream.

Omelette Tips

Do not use cracked eggs because they may contain bacteria.

  • The secret to cooking eggs is to be gentle and apply low heat. If eggs cook too fast or too long, they come out rubbery.
  • The maximum load for a successful omelette is three eggs.
  • Use 1 Tbsp of water for each egg.
  • Water is used because it slows down the cooking and makes the texture of the omelette lighter and fluffier.

So use these tips and filling choices to make a great restaurant quality omelette at home in your kitchen.

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