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How to Make a French-Style Omelet
On special occasions like Mother's Day and Easter, my family will go to brunch. We usually splurge a little by choosing an upscale restaurant. Tables are loaded with colorful fruit arrangements, sparkling ice sculptures and an astounding selection of meats, salads and desserts. Families dressed in their "Sunday best" line up to help themselves to the feast. The lines move smoothly until you get to the most popular place in the restaurant: the omelet station. Stomachs grumbling, patrons wait impatiently as chefs dressed in crisp, white uniforms expertly create delectable egg creations. Brunch at a fine-dining establishment is a wonderful treat most families can only afford a few times a year.
Make omelets at home
Over the years, I have tried many ways to make an omelet. Mostly, my concoctions would end up sticking to the pan. I would then declare that I had made scrambled eggs. I just couldn't get it right. I soon gave up on making omelets entirely as I was convinced that restaurant chefs had specialized equipment for preparing their omelets. Recently, after hearing about the many health benefits of eggs, I stepped up my efforts to learn how to make an omelet and found my favorite method at last. This method is so easy, even my 16 year-old son can do it successfully and there is no fancy restaurant equipment required. A good, non-stick pan is essential, though. I found a set of three at Costco for $19.99.
For me, a perfect omelet (or omelette if you are European) is golden and crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. You may enjoy them plain or with cheese. If you would like to add vegetables to your omelet, I suggest cooking them in advance. The water that cooks out of most vegetables will cause your omelet to be watery and rubbery rather than crisp and golden. The omelet in this recipe is similar to the french-style but I've substituted canola or vegetable oil for butter. Here is how I make a perfect french-style omelet in my home kitchen.
How to make a three-egg French-style omelet
- 3 eggs
- salt, to taste
- pepper, to taste
- vegetable or canola oil, to lightly coat pan
- shredded cheese, 2 tablespoons
French or American Style?
- A French omelette is smooth and delicate. It is cooked quickly over relatively high heat. They are usually rolled in a tri-fold design and are lighter in color than their American counterpart.
- An American omelet is fluffier than the French omelette. American omelets are often stuffed with various ingredients and cheeses. Milk or cream is added to the eggs and beaten until bubbly in order to produce a fluffier omelet. American omelets are typically folded into a half-moon shape.
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- Lightly oil a non-stick pan that has a low, curved edge. Warm pan over medium-low heat.
- Gently beat eggs in a bowl using a fork just enough to blend the yolks with the whites. Add salt and pepper to eggs and stir to blend.
- Pour egg mixture into heated pan. Using a spatula, gently stir eggs in until you see that they are starting to cook. As the eggs are beginning to cook they become firm. Lift the pan off of the stove and swirl around to spread the eggs evenly over the surface.
- Place back onto stove. Using your spatula, shape the omelet into the desired round shape by lightly pushing on the edges. Next, leave the omelet alone on the stove for about 10 to 15 seconds until it is set on top. You will no longer see any liquid running when you pick up the pan and tilt it.
- Sprinkle Cheese into center of omelet.
- Shape omelet into a tri-fold: over a plate, lift pan and tilt toward plate. Using spatula, gently lift edge and fold toward middle to cover the cheese. Next, shake the pan to release omelet onto plate. Use edge of pan to fold remaining side over the first fold to create a beautiful, tri-folded omelet.
Health benefits of eggs
You can receive a lot of health benefits from eating eggs. According to an article, The Health Benefits of Eggs Revealed in Women's Health Magazine, eggs may reduce your risk of cancer, help you to fight macular degeneration in your eyes, and aid your battle against bulge. Much maligned in the past the humble egg has been redeemed. Studies have concluded that there is no linking healthy people who eat eggs to either a heart attack or stroke. On the food pyramid, eggs are an important member of the protein group. The USDA website, choosemyplate.gov, touts many nutritional benefits of proteins, like eggs, because they are an important source of protein, B vitamins (thiamin, riboflavin, and B6), vitamin E, iron, zinc, and magnesium. For more information, visit the USDA website and the Women's Health Magazine website.
In our household we all eat eggs for different reasons. I make them for my son in order to help him in school and to help him build muscle mass. At incredibleegg.org, they say egg consumption can help cognitive abilities. Eggs improve memory and can help improve grades and test scores. I eat eggs because I'm trying to lose weight. It's important to eat a lean, protein rich breakfast to get your day started. This helps to keep my glucose levels even so that I no longer crave junk between meals. So enjoy your omelet. It is, after all, delicious and nutritious.
- Incredible Edible Egg | Egg Nutrient Chart
Learn about the health benefits of eggs including choline facts. Egg nutrient chart from the American Egg Board (AEB).
- What Are Protein Foods? - Food Groups - ChooseMyPlate.gov - USDA
- The Health Benefits Of Eggs Revealed | Women's Health Magazine