Baked Pesto Omelette by Rachel Allen

This special Omelette takes a little bit of time to create, but it’s worth the effort for Sunday mornings with the family. Lovely for lunch or supper too, with a tomato salad and some olive tapenade.

Ingredients

For the tomato and thyme layers

  • 8 eggs
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 1 tbsp fresh thyme, chopped
  • ½ jar tbsp Sacla’ Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 25g/1oz Gruyere cheese, grated

For the basil Pesto layer

  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • ¼ jar Sacla’ Classic Basil Pesto
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 15g/½oz Parmesan, finely grated
  • Salt and pepper

Method

  1. First, preheat an oven to 180°C/fan oven 160°C, 350°F/gas 4.
  2. Line the base of a 12-inch loaf tin with parchment paper.
  3. For the tomato and thyme layers, whisk the eggs in a bowl with the milk, chopped thyme and the tomato Pesto and season
  4. Place a large frying pan on a medium heat and add the olive oil. Swirl the pan so that the oil is covering the base then pour in the whisked egg mixture. Stir for about 3-4 minutes until you have a softly scrambled egg mixture. Tip half of it into the lined loaf tin, keeping the remainder for later
  5. Scatter over the grated Gruyere cheese and press down gently to flatten it.
  6. Next, make the basil Pesto layer. Whisk the eggs in a bowl, add the milk and basil Pesto, and then season to taste.
  7. Place a clean frying pan on a medium heat, add the olive oil, swirl and then pour in all the basil egg mixture. Cook as before so that you have a softly scrambled egg and tip into the tin, over the cheese pressing it gently to even it out.
  8. Scatter the grated Parmesan over the top then layer with the remaining tomato eggs, making sure to flatten everything out. Cover with a layer of parchment paper.
  9. Place the tin it in a small roasting tray, half filled with boiling water. This is your bain marie, which will stop your omelette drying out whilst it’s cooking.
  10. Cook in the bain marie in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes, until set. It should have a gentle spring in the centre when pressed with your finger, and a skewer will come out clean.
  11. Remove from the oven and turn out onto a serving plate. Serve warm or at room temperature with crusty bread.
  12. Make it yours: this recipe works perfectly with a combination of coriander and chilli Pesto for an Asian twist.
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