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Jarlsberg Oven-Baked Omelette - A Scandinavian Take on the Frittata

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Norwegian Jarlsberg cheese omelette

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Norway's Jarlsberg cheese, with its smooth, nutty flavor, pairs perfectly with leftover ham in this quick and easy oven-baked omelette.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes


  • 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. caraway seed
  • 8 eggs
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 cups shredded Jarlsberg cheese (about 3/4 pound)
  • 1 cup diced ham, Canadian bacon, or fried bacon (crumbled)


Preheat oven to 400º. In a large, oven-proof frying pan, slowly saute the red onion and caraway seeds in olive oil over medium heat until onion begins to brown (about 10 minutes).

While the onion browns, whisk together eggs, water, shredded Jarlsberg cheese, and diced ham. When onion has become translucent and brown around the edges, fold egg mixture into onions in frying pan and allow to cook at medium an additional 2 or 3 minutes to brown the bottom of the omelette.

Transfer frying pan to upper rack of preheated oven and cook until nicely browned, about 15 to 20 minutes.

Yield: 5-6 servings of Jarlsberg oven-baked omelette.

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