A quick and easy make-ahead breakfast!
Spring is a busy time on the farm! Between gardening, cleaning, building, and incubating new flock friends, we are on the move quite a bit. During the Spring the chickens and ducks really ramp up their egg-laying! We have eggs both, duck and chicken, just about everywhere in the coop!
Duckie and Brownie
Our ducks are excellent layers. We currently have 2 ducks that are laying, and recently added 3 more ducks to the flock. Duckie and Brownie believe that they rule the flock, and you better not get in the way of their treats!
Duckie, a White Crested Duck, was hand-raised by us, and has a big personality. Brownie, a Khaki Campbell duck, is small but mighty, stay out of her way! Our newest ducks are Fawn and White Runners, and we can’t wait to see them grow!
With ducks comes lots of water, and a little extra cleaning. We don’t mind though. Ducks will lay eggs in the winter when the chickens have slowed down, and they are very hardy. If you are ok with a little extra mud on the farm, ducks are great to own!
Duck Egg Benefits
We were so excited when the ducks first started laying eggs. There are so many different ways to use duck eggs. Duck eggs are bigger than chicken eggs and have a thicker shell. Duck eggs can have a longer shelf life because of those shells.
These eggs are excellent for baking due to the extra albumen (egg whites) in the egg. Baking with duck eggs makes your cakes and pastries very light and fluffy. When baking bread with duck eggs, the bread tends to have a richer taste and a better structure.
Duck eggs and chicken eggs do taste very similar, but duck eggs tend to be more rich and creamy. Duck eggs have a higher fat content, and are noted to have more protein in them as well!
Some people have even noted if they have a chicken egg allergy that they can eat duck eggs with no issues. This has to do with the different protein makeups in each type of egg. Overall duck eggs are amazing!
A Quick Breakfast!
Now that we know a little about duck eggs, let’s make a quick and delicious breakfast with them! This recipe can be made with chicken eggs too, but today we are focusing on the duck eggs.
To get started creating the duck egg make-ahead omelets gather a larger sheet pan. You want to use one with a thicker rim, and slightly taller sides. This just makes baking the eggs much easier.
Cover the pan with some parchment paper. At this point, you can give the parchment a light spray with olive oil spray to prevent any sticking.
Building the Omelet
The great thing about this recipe is that you can get as creative as you would like. You can simply just use duck eggs like we have done and keep the omelets simple.
You can also add to your omelets whatever meat, cheese, and vegetables you like. Crumbled bacon makes a delicious addition as well as some cheese. Be sure whichever you use in your mixture that you pre-cook/sauté the ingredients, and chop everything into smaller pieces.
While we prepare our eggs, preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. For this recipe, we are using about 14 duck eggs. This gives a good thickness for the “omelet”. Crack your eggs carefully one at a time into a bowl.
After you have cracked all of your eggs, it is time for a good whisking of the eggs. You want to be sure to really break up the yolks. You can achieve this by using a whisk and whisking the eggs by hand.
A quick tip is to use a food processor. Pour the duck eggs into the food processor, and pulse until the yolks are fully broken up.
After your eggs are completely whisked, it is time for baking. If you are adding any more ingredients, now is the time to add those to the eggs.
Carefully pour your mixture onto the prepared cooking sheet. Try to keep the pan as level as possible.
Place the sheet pan in the oven carefully and bake for 8-10 minutes. After 10 minutes check the eggs, if they are set and no longer jiggly, you can remove the sheet pan from the oven. If you notice the eggs are not set yet, continue to cook for a few extra minutes. Every oven is different, so don’t worry if you need to adjust your time a bit.
Duck Egg Omelets!
After your eggs are fully cooked, allow them to cool for 5-10 minutes. You can then use a pizza cutter or knife, and cut the “large” omelet into smaller squares. The squares depend on the size of the omelet you would like.
The duck egg omelets freeze very well. We like to take the cut omelets and set them carefully in layers with some parchment paper. Label and put the omelets into the freezer.
When you would like a quick breakfast, take an omelet out of the freezer and warm it in the microwave, or even in a skillet until warmed throughout, and enjoy!
Hopefully, we have given you some inspiration to make some Duck Egg Make-Ahead Omelets of your own! Be sure to subscribe to our newsletter, so you don’t miss out on any of our adventures to hopefully inspire some of your own! Happy Spring!