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A couple weeks ago I bought a brick of Kefalotiri cheese to make Saganaki (recipe coming soon!) and I had some leftover cheese.  Kefalotiri is a hard, dry Greek cheese made of sheep or goat’s milk.  Inside it’s dappled with small, irregular holes, and it has a sharp aroma and a tangy, salty taste.  To me, the texture and flavor of Kefalotiri is very similar to Pecorino Romano or Parmigiano-Reggiano, so either of those might work well as a substitute. 

Chives grow wild in Greece, so when one of Mike’s colleagues was sweet enough to give me a large bag of chives (thank you, Thom!) I immediately thought of pairing the chives with Kefalotiri cheese.  And what could be an easier, more delicious meal than an omelet?

I’m sending this recipe off to Chaya of Sweet and Savory for My Meatless Mondays.  Thanks for hosting this event, Chaya!

Greek-Inspired Omelet

(Yield:  1 serving)

2 tsp olive oil

1 to 2 large eggs

2 TB fresh minced chives, plus more for garnish if desired

1/2 to 1 oz Kefalotiri cheese, shredded

Salt and pepper

6-inch skillet

Whisk the eggs with a small pinch of salt and pepper and the chives.  Add the oil to a 6-inch skillet over medium-high heat, and when the oil is hot, add the egg mixture.  Rotate the pan so that the egg mixture coats the bottom.  As the egg starts to set, use a spatula to gently push the uncooked egg to the edges.  When the omelet is nearly set in the middle, sprinkle most of the cheese onto the omelet (reserving a little cheese to sprinkle on as garnish).  Cook until the omelet is set and the cheese is starting to melt (about 30 seconds), then flip one half of the omelet over.  Transfer to a plate and garnish with remaining cheese and more chives if desired.

Faith, author of An Edible Mosaic.
About Faith

I’m the writer, recipe developer, photographer, and food stylist behind this blog. I love finding the human connection through something we all do every day: eat! Food is a common ground that we can all relate to, and our tables tell a story. It’s my goal to inspire you to get in the kitchen, try something new, and find a favorite you didn’t know you had.

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  1. Your omelet looks absolutely delicious. I can smell the cheese from here :)

  2. Lovely omelet, so simple and flavorful.

  3. I wish we had a Greek store where we can find this cheese…this looks so tempting!

  4. 5 Star Foodie says:

    A terrific omelet! Sounds so good with Kefalotiri cheese!

  5. Omelets are fun anytime of day! I love Greek food. I haven’t tried this yummy cheese. I’ll have to keep my eye out for it!

  6. I love Greek food! The omelet looks fabulous. Will try it.

  7. I love omelets. I love chives. I love cheese although, this is a new one to me. If I can get a kosher brand of it, I want badly to try it.

    Thanks for linking it to My Meatless Mondays.

  8. I have never tried this cheese (sounds yummy!) but your omelette with the chives looks to-die-for! anytime eggs are mixed with herbs I instantly forget that I am not crazy about them to begin with and dive right in!

  9. Oh that cheese sounds interesting!! Never heard/had before! Im such an egg person, not a day passes usually with some form of eggs! Loving the greek-goodness in this omlette and I love you served it with pita bread!

  10. Wow….I love that omelette…looks delicious! Love all those chives added.

  11. That looks wonderful! All things Greek get a thumbs up from this taste tester! My brother’s all time favorite food is saganaki…I can’t wait to pass that recipe along to him once you post it!

  12. wow does that omelette every look delicious!! i love eggs with chives – perfect flavor combination!!

    love the photography too!

  13. I LOVE Greek cheese…this looks amazing. And you know how much I love eggs! This recipe is right up my alley. Thanks!

  14. Fitness Surfer says:

    Hi! Sorry i’ve been gone for so long. I know what I’m having for breakfast tomorrow. Mushroom, spinach, garlic, mozzarella omelet. inspired by you. Thanks

  15. Faith, what a greatt omelet…looks so yummie, never had Kefalotiri cheese, have to look for it :-)

  16. Another cheese to add to my list of cheeses to try! Thanks for sharing this. Omelets are some of my favorite things to throw together.

  17. I’m not especially fond of eggs but the cheese sounds delightful. I love different cheeses.

  18. Love omelets…versatile and delicious dish! Yours looks delicious, Faith.

  19. This looks sooooooo good. I love Greek food so a Greek omelet sounds amazing. Will book mark this one. I will be out of town for the next week, so I will be a little MIA, but will be back in the swing of things upon my return! ;)

  20. The cheese sounds spectacular. I prefer a sharp, strong cheese over a mild one. I find the mild cheeses get lost in whatever food they’re paired with.

  21. This is a gorgeous omelet. I could wake up to this. Great use of Kefalotiri cheese.


  22. I’ve seen this cheese around but have never tried it… the omelette looks brilliant… time to find some of that cheese… I do love the name… it sounds adorable when you say it!

  23. Heavenly Housewife says:

    Mmmm, this looks absolutely divine. I’ve never tried that cheese, I don’t know if I’ve ever seen it before actually, but I think i could do this with haloumi. I love omelettes.

  24. that’s one heck of a beautiful plate of food, faith! i love greek flavors but i’ve never enjoyed them for breakfast–right on!

  25. Veronica M. says:

    Looks wonderful–I’d say you put that cheese & chives to good use! Is that the pita bread you were telling me about?

  26. I never tasted or even heard of this cheese! But I can imagine the omelet is quite delicious. I am looking forward to your Saganaki – another blogger was telling me about it and I am very curious!

  27. This is a perfect Sunday brunch recipe Faith! I love those salty Greek cheeses! And isn’t it just lovely when people gift you with food? I’m still over the moon at the wonderful package you sent me (and I’ve bookmarked some of the recipes too :) ).

  28. That IS an inspired omelet, Faith. Have never had Kefalotiri cheese, but know exactly where to find it. I have an omelet for dinner frequently and am going to try this!

  29. A great omelet! Cooked perfectly.



  30. There is a Greek store right near work that sells Kefalotiri cheese. It looks like it is time to stop by and pick some up. This omelet looks delicious!

  31. What a creative work! Now I need some hummus. :)

  32. I am very, very intrigued by that Kefalotiri cheese! I can’t even pronounce it, but I’d LOVE to try it!

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