National Don’t Put All Your Eggs in One Omelet Day falls every year on July 9. The holiday’s name is a play on “Don’t put all your eggs in one basket,” an idiom that warns people against concentrating all their efforts or putting all their hopes into one venture because they could lose it all. The analogy applies to omelets as well. Have you ever gotten so hungry that you crack too many eggs into the pan, and end up with a sloppy mishmash of an omelet? It’s irritating, messy, and wasteful. This special holiday hopes to discourage that.
History of National Don't Put all your Eggs in One Omelet Day
Eggs are more than food. They’ve played a symbolic role in many cultures and civilizations. They’ve appeared in festivals, ceremonies, and traditional celebrations. They represent change and growth. Easter eggs symbolize the Resurrection of Christ.
Omelets have been around for a while too. A recipe first appeared in “Cuisine Bourgeoise” in the late 17th century, but the most compelling myth about the origin of omelets comes from the Napoleonic era of the 1800s. The famous French military commander Napoleon Bonaparte traveled through a small town and stayed at a modest inn. The innkeeper reportedly served Bonaparte an omelet, and he was so impressed with the dish that he ordered all the eggs in town to make a giant omelet for his troops the next day. Whether it’s a fact or fiction, this legend inspired an annual festival in France where they prepare a colossal omelet for the townspeople of Bessieres to enjoy.
In America, the Denver sandwich was a favorite throughout the 1900s. The eggs delivered to the town by wagon freight tasted stale, so locals would add cheese, diced ham, green peppers, mushrooms, and onions, and place them between bread slices. Many people claim to have invented the Denver sandwich. Some say Chinese railroad cooks made the first ones. Others say it was cattle drivers from the American west. Later, a breadless version called the Denver omelet was introduced. Although it is still up for debate who the original creator of omelets is, their popularity is not. Tasty, nutritious, and easy to make, omelets will always have a special place on our breakfast tables.
National Don't Put all your Eggs in One Omelet Day timeline
The first domesticated fowl arrives in North America.
The modern omelet recipe appears in the “Cuisine Bourgeoise.”
Alexander Dumas describes several types of omelets in the “Grand Dictionnaire de Cuisine.”
The Denver sandwich, also known as the Western sandwich, is introduced to America.
National Don't Put all your Eggs in One Omelet Day FAQs
Do you put milk in an omelet?
No. Milk doesn’t blend well with eggs. It will make the omelet watery.
What are the four types of omelets?
Soufflé, frittata, American-style, and French-style are four types of omelets.
What is a French-style omelet?
A French-style omelet has no filling. It is made with eggs and butter.
National Don't Put all your Eggs in One Omelet Day Activities
Experiment with different omelets
Making an omelet on this day can’t be skipped, but you shouldn’t stick to the same recipe. There are hundreds online, ranging from simple to extravagant. You might even find your new favorite type of omelet.
Try out different eggs
Are you bored of plain old eggs? Change things up by choosing a different type today. Duck eggs are larger and more flavorful. Goose eggs have a richer, creamier yolk.
Share your omelet recipes
It’s incredible how we all prepare the same thing but slightly differently. Sharing and trading recipes is a great way to get others involved in the holiday.
5 Wonderful Facts About Eggs
Color doesn’t affect taste or quality
The color of its eggshell or yolk does not affect the taste or quality of the egg.
Natural source of vitamin D
Egg yolks naturally contain vitamin D, one of the few foods that do.
Why brown eggs cost more
Brown eggs are laid by larger hens, which require more chicken feed.
Older hens, larger eggs
As hens mature, the eggs they lay become bigger.
Biggest producer of eggs
In the U.S., Iowa produces more than 14 billion eggs a year.
Why We Love National Don't Put all your Eggs in One Omelet Day
Omelets are delicious
French-style or Spanish, American style or Italian, Omelets are simply delicious. We can’t get enough of them.
Omelets go with almost any ingredient. Meat, vegetables, tofu, cheese, spices, salt, pepper, anything. Their versatility means you can get creative with recipes.
Healthy snack option
Eggs come packed with vitamins and essential minerals. They’re rich in protein, which helps you feel fuller and prevent overindulging in other, less healthy foods.
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