The Formato Brothers Omelet

Omelet FB Hot Giardiniera 022711 Gary Marino
Delicious way to start the day !

Many thanks to Gary Marino for submitting this recipe.


  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • dash of ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/4 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup shredded Havarti cheese
  • 3 heaping tablespoons of Formato Brothers Hot Giardiniera
  • 2 tablespoons chopped red pepper
  • ¼ cup chopped breakfast sausage


Beat eggs and milk in small bowl with fork or wire whisk until yolks and whites are well mixed.  Heat butter in 10-inch skillet over medium-high heat until butter is hot and sizzling. As butter melts, tilt skillet to coat bottom with butter.  Add chopped red pepper and hot giardiniera to pan.  Stir the mixture and add ¼ cup of chopped breakfast sausage. Cook until sausage browns, season with pepper.  Pour eggs into skillet.  While rapidly sliding skillet back and forth over heat, quickly stir eggs with a fork to spread them continuously over the bottom of the skillet as they thicken. When they are thickened, let stand over heat a few seconds to lightly brown bottom of omelet.  Do not overcook… Sprinkle with cheese over omelet and fold in ½.  Note that the omelet will continue to cook after being folded.  Tilt skillet and run a spatula under edge of omelet, then jerk skillet sharply to loosen omelet from bottom of skillet and serve over a slice of whole wheat toast.


Aunt Ida’s Hot Pepper Cheese Bread

3.5cups flour
2 Tsp salt
2 Tblsp sugar
1/2 cup of vegetable oil
1 egg
1 packet fast rising yeast
1 cup warm water
2/3 cup Formato Brothers Hot Pepper Spread  (Drain most f the oil from the mixture.  It should be relatively dry.)
2/3 cup of shredded Asiago or Parmesan cheese

  1. Heat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Place flour in stainless bowl.  Make a well & place salt, sugar, oil in well.  Break egg into a small bowl, whisk it slightly.  Pour egg into other liquids.  Place yeast into liquids & put a small quantity of warm water into liquid.  Make sure that all of yeast is covered.  Wait 20 minutes for yeast to begin “bubbling.”  Once yeast has begun to work, mix in remaining water, bringing all of the contents together.
  3. Knead the flour mixture for about 15 minutes using the palms of both hands.
  4. Shape into a rectangular loaf.  Place the dough into a rectangular glass bowl & cover with a slightly damp towel for 3 hours to allow the bread to rise.
  5. Once bread has risen, take it out of the bowl  place it on a slightly floured bread board.  Hit the bread mixutre once with both hands to get all of the air out of the mixture.
  6. Roll the bread mixture out into a rectangular pattern.  Spread the Formato Brothers Hot Pepper Spread onto the dough.
  7. Sprinkle with cheese.
  8. Carefully form the dough into a roll shape.  Place into a bread pan.  Cover pan with dry towel for one hour to let bread set.  Remove towel.
  9. Bake for 20 – 25 minutes until brown.  Yield:  1 medium sized loaf or 4 small loaves.  The small loaves can be used for bruschetta or appetizers.  Can be frozen.