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Greek Omelette with Feta Cheese and Fresh Mint

greek omelette with feta cheese
Eggs play such an important role in the Greek diet. As the diet had very little meat, eggs were a good form of protein and were consumed as a main meal. Greek familes had chickens and had a constant source of eggs. I remember when I was visiting  my grandparents in the summer, even though they lived in a large town they had a small yard with a chicken coop. Everyday I was sent to see if the chickens had laid any eggs. I am not fond of chickens, but I couldn’t wait to go in the coop and find eggs in the nest, like finding a little treasure. I would bring them to the kitchen and my grandmother would make the best fried eggs.

Eggs in Greek cuisine are not really associated with breakfast as they are in the U.S. and U.K., they are more of a night food. Yes, that sounds strange, but because we have our largest meal at lunch, dinner was an easy meal that did not require much effort, and eggs were the perfect solution.

Both my grandmothers would make omelettes or fried eggs with potatoes and a salad or maybe just a quartered tomato with some salt and olive oil. We would love those dinners and actually my favorite dish that my dad used prepare for us on the weekends, was his omelette with onions. Yum! He shared it with me the other day, so I’ll be making that soon. Typical Greek omelettes will include cheese or tomato or bits of smoked meat or all three or just plain.

Yes, the humble egg is an important part of the Greek diet, and it played the role of an animal protein source along with cheese in this mainly plant based diet. Eggs are a great source of protein, B vitamins, minerals, antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin, and only about 80 calories each. As for the cholesterol, it is important to know that the cholesterol we get in our diet does not necessarily raise our blood cholesterol. The Greek dietary recommendations include 4 eggs weekly.

When it’s one of those days where I realize that I have nothing for lunch, I’ll whip up an omelette, prepare a salad and serve it to the kids along with bread and some cheese. This recipe is a simple recipe but I love the combination of mint and feta. It kind of resembles a cheese pie (tiropita) because it has a similar filling. If you do not have fresh (or frozen mint) you can use basil instead.

Greek Omelette with Feta and Mint

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 7 minutes

Category: Breakfast, Light Dinner

Cuisine: Greek, Mediterranean

Yield: 1 omelette

Greek Omelette with Feta and Mint

This delicious Greek omelette filled with chunks of feta cheese and aromatic mint is perfect for any meal.

Ingredients

  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • A pinch of salt
  • A handful of fresh chopped mint
  • 2 tablespoon crumbled feta
  • 1/2 teaspoon olive oil
  • Pepper

Instructions

  1. In a bowl beat the eggs with all the ingredients except the olive oil.
  2. Heat (low heat) the olive oil in a heavy medium sized pan.
  3. Add the egg mixture making sure it spreads evenly on the whole pan.
  4. Let it cook untill it starts to get solid but still liquid on top.
  5. Carefully fold in half with a rubber spatula.

Greek Feta omelette
Photo by Elena Paravantes

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  • Reply Melanie March 15, 2016 at 7:29 am

    Hi a little confused is it basil or mint in the omelette? The title says with basil but the ingredient list shows only mint ?

    • Reply Elena Paravantes RD March 15, 2016 at 8:30 am

      HI Melanie, It is only mint. The title on the post has mint but there was an error on the title for the recipe sheet which has now been corrected.

  • Reply Beryl Brounos February 12, 2016 at 5:59 pm

    I love Greek cooking, I was married to a Greek Man for 22 yrs sadly he left me and I miss Greek Food so much and Greece, I love it when I go on holiday there, thanks for your lovely memories and for sharing yours too,

    • Reply Elena Paravantes RD February 12, 2016 at 6:55 pm

      Thank you for sharing Beryl!

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