You'll Never Guess The Secret Ingredient In IHOP's Omelettes

Plenty of people have a "secret ingredient" that they mix into their eggs when they're making an omelette. Adding a little water will slow down the cooking process and result in a slightly fluffier omelette. Adding a little milk will make it slighter sweeter and creamier. But we found out why IHOP's omelettes are unlike any other ones out there — airy and fluffy, while also slightly hefty, with a little bit of sweetness — and it's thanks to a totally outside-the-box addition: pancake batter.

By adding a small amount of pancake batter to its eggs, IHOP accomplishes a few things: One, it adds some structure to the eggs, making them a little more sturdy and filling. Two, the extra moisture leads to a fluffier overall product. And three, it adds just the slightest amount of tasty pancake flavor to the mix. However, if you're gluten-free, this means that IHOP omelettes are also off-limits.

If you're looking to kick up your omelette a little bit, do as the folks at IHOP do and add a little bit of pancake batter to the beaten eggs (not too much, though, or else you'll end up with a crêpe). We bet you (and your family) will be impressed with the results; for more great egg dishes check out these 10 egg-centric meals you can whip up in 30 minutes or less.