How to Make a Basic Omelet
The omelet -- a fluffy folded egg dish stuffed with melted cheese, savory meats, or healthful vegetables -- may have a fancy French name, but it's still an all-American breakfast staple that is simple to prepare. Assemble the fillings you'll use to stuff your omelet, and then follow this simple Better Homes and Gardens recipe. Once you have the basic technique down pat, you can expand your horizons to include the awesome specialty omelets that follow.
Before you begin, read these egg-cellent omelet-making tips:
- You will have the best omelet-making success if you use a heavy, nonstick skillet.
- Bring eggs to room temperature before beating them very lightly.
- If you are making omelets for a large group, make several two- or three-egg omelets instead of trying to make a larger omelet with six or more eggs. The more eggs the omelet contains, the more difficult it is to turn.
- Add beaten eggs to a very hot skillet. This will cause the steam that makes omelets extra fluffy.
Servings: 2 servings
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 11 minutes
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- 4 eggs
- 2 egg whites
- 1-1/2 teaspoons Dijon-style mustard
- 1/2 teaspoon dried tarragon
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- Pinch ground black pepper
- Pinch ground nutmeg
- 3 thin slices Black Forest ham
- 1/3 cup grated Swiss cheese
- Green salad (optional)
- Heat butter in a 10-inch nonstick skillet over medium heat. Swirl pan to coat. In a medium-size bowl whisk together eggs, egg whites, mustard, tarragon, salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Once butter is melted, pour egg mixture into skillet. Cook, uncovered, over medium heat without stirring for 4 to 5 minutes or until eggs begin to set. As eggs set, run a spatula around edge of skillet, lifting eggs so uncooked portion flows underneath.
- When eggs are set but still shiny, layer half of omelet with ham and cheese. Tent pan with foil; cook 1 more minute until eggs are cooked and cheese is melted. Fold untopped half over filling and slide omelet onto a plate. Cut omelet in half. If desired, serve each half with a green salad.
Calories 319, Total Fat 23 g, Saturated Fat 10 g, Cholesterol 470 mg, Sodium 718 mg, Carbohydrate 3 g, Fiber 0 g, Protein 25 g.
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000-calorie diet.
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