This is a great way to make breakfast for lots of people, such as a beach festival or large brunch. It’s also fun for a special occasion or guests as everybody can have exactly what they want.
Now for the obligatory warning: Ziploc’s official position is that their bags are not intended for cooking in this way (see the note in the comments), but many groups – Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and several cruiser get-togethers that I’ve been with – have done this with no ill effects. Kids love it!
Omelets in a Bag are also good for a pre-game brunch. We had numerous parties to listen to various games on Sirius/XM, even in remote anchorages. For a beach party, you can even heat the pots of water over an open fire. The possibilities are endless . . .
Required per person:
- One quart freezer Ziploc bag
- 2 eggs or equivalent Egg Beaters or OvaEasy powdered eggs (read about these)
Required for the group:
- PERMANENT marker to write names on bags
- Large pot of boiling water (if more than about 10 people, you may want more than one)
Add ins – amounts will vary depending on number of people, their preferences and the size of their appetites – set out whatever is available. Some ideas:
- One or more types of grated cheese
- Bacon crumbles
- Sausage crumbles
- Diced onion
- Sliced green onions
- Diced green peppers
- Minced hot peppers (be sure to label that they are hot)
- Sliced mushrooms
- Diced tomatoes
- Diced cooked potatoes (don’t try to use raw) – sweet potatoes are good, too!
- Salt and pepper
- Hot sauce
- Anything else you can think of
Have each person write their name on their Ziploc. Have them break 2 eggs into their bag, then squish the egg around to break it up. Don’t try to use more than 2 eggs per bag!!
Each person adds whatever add-ins they want, then closes the bag, getting as much air out as possible. Shake the bags some to mix the ingredients.
Cook the bags in batches of 4 to 8, depending on the size of the pot. Bags should NOT be crowded! Boil each batch for exactly 13 minutes. Use tongs to retrieve the bags from the boiling water.
Remove the bags from the pot. Each person can open their bag and roll their omelet out onto their plate. Be sure to help kids with the hot bags, as they will still have some drops of very hot water on them.