There's no better way to start your day than an expertly prepared omelet. Learn how to make one like a pro.
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A French-style omelet is all about delicate texture and pure eggy flavor: fluffy and tender, with a very moist interior and simple, restrained seasoning. (If you must have cheese, add a shaving of Gruyere right before folding.) To prevent it from browning (and thus toughening), you need to keep the eggs in quick, constant motion as they cook. Even though it's a bit like patting your head while rubbing your stomach, you'll soon get the rhythm down -- and you’ll never be at a loss for a fast, economical, delicious meal.
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Use a Fork to Whisk
The most practical tool for making an omelet is a table fork. Combine eggs, water, and salt in a bowl and briskly whisk with fork just until yolks and whites are thoroughly blended.
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Know When to Stop
One secret to a light, fluffy omelet is not overmixing. Stop whisking when eggs drip smoothly and cohesively from fork tines. If eggs are room temperature, yolks and whites will combine more readily.
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Add Butter and Herbs
Whisk in cubed butter and herbs. The combination complements the flavor of the eggs instead of overpowering it: Unsalted butter adds a creamy richness, while tender herbs add freshness.
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Pour into Hot Pan
Place a 10-inch nonstick skillet over medium-high heat 30 seconds. Add remaining butter and melt, swirling to coat pan. Add egg mixture and cook, undisturbed, until edges begin to set, about 10 seconds.
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Be Quick and Agile
Holding fork flat, stir eggs thoroughly in a figure-eight pattern with one hand while shaking skillet back and forth with the other. Keep incorporating set edges into runny center. This takes just 25 to 30 seconds.
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Tilt and Loosen
Turn off heat while eggs still look slightly wet. Tilt skillet away from you until omelet slides up far edge. Loosen side of omelet nearest you and roll with fork 2 or 3 times toward center.
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Turn out Omelet
After folding far edge of omelet into center as well, press down gently to seal with fork. Invert, seam side down, onto a warm plate. The residual heat in the omelet will cook it a bit more.
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The added value of a warm plate: If you want to serve two, your first effort will keep nicely while you make another. Then season with pepper, sprinkle with remaining herbs, and serve immediately