Most people start their experiences in a kitchen with an egg recipe. Once one successfully makes sunny side up and a soft-boiled egg, it is inevitable that the next adventure would be cooking an omelette. Cooking an omelette is easy and quick, making it the perfect comfort food especially for busy students who are staying at dorms or somewhere else away from home. Here is an easy guide on how to cook an omelette and how to fancy it up a bit.
First, you need to prepare the basic ingredients: butter or oil, egg, salt, and pepper. Prepare two eggs (or more depending on how big you want your omelette), a bit of salt and pepper, and two tablespoons of butter. Omelettes are traditionally cooked using butter, but you can use any oil available in your pantry. In fact, after cooking your breakfast bacon, you can use the leftover bacon grease to cook your omelette. Just reduce the oil a little by dabbing the pan with a paper towel.
The next step is to whisk your eggs in a bowl until the yolks are fully combined with the egg white. If you do not have a whisk, you can use a fork. Add a pinch of salt and pepper to taste. Next, heat your butter or oil in the pan for a few seconds. Eggs cook quickly so make sure to maintain a low heat, especially if it is your first time cooking an omelette. It is best to use a non-stick pan for this recipe, to move the egg easily and prevent overcooking parts of it.
Once the butter has melted or the oil starts to shimmer, add the egg. Let it sit on the pan for a few seconds to allow the egg to take some form. Then, using a heat-resistant spatula, slowly stir the egg to cook evenly. Once the egg starts to take form, gently fold the egg to a half-moon. The remaining heat will continue to cook the egg as it rests on your plate.
Finally, you can sprinkle your omelette with chopped herbs such as dill or parsley, or you can enjoy it as it is with your toast. If you are not a fan of chopped herbs, or you do not have any, you can drizzle a bit of ketchup or any other sauce to your taste on your omelette for a tangy twist.
Once you know the basic steps of cooking an omelette, you can then try to fancy it up. You can step up its taste by adding garlic or onion powder. You can also try adding a dash of cayenne for a little heat. If you want more of the butter taste, you can whisk in a tablespoon of melted butter.
Aside from the taste, you can also try a few tricks to improve its texture. For starters, you can make the texture creamier and fluffier by adding a teaspoon of cream or mayonnaise as you whisk the egg. You can add a splash of milk if you do not have any cream or mayonnaise available. Just make sure that it is not flavored or too sweet. These options go to the egg as you whisk it to incorporate them into the mixture well.
Omelettes are better with filling, and there are a lot of choices for that. You can add chopped up meat such as bacon, ham, ground meat, or sausage as well as mushrooms, onion, and tomato. Cook your filling first so you can add just add it to the egg during the last minute of cooking. This is to ensure that everything is cooked without burning the omelette. Cheese is also one of the favorite add-ons when it comes to cooking an omelette. You can always mix and match your filling but do not overstuff your egg, so you can still fold it neatly.
The great thing about omelettes is you can add basically anything you have available in your pantry. You can play mix and match, and find the best version of omelette for you and your roommates. It can be fun learning how to cook, and it is also a great way to relieve some stress. Egg dishes are where one usually starts cooking as a hobby. We hope you try it.