When in France, do as the French…or at least give it your best shot.  For me yesterday, that meant making a omelette.  Simple, elegant, and always tasty. Inspired by my first café meal in Paris–an omelette with salad greens–I stopped at a bon marché and picked up the few essential ingredients.

Without a “proper” omelette pan, here’s what I did:

  • 2-3 eggs
  • butter
  • salt
  • pepper
  • optional: cheese or other ingredients

An omelette should be cooked quickly, so this is a great meal when you don’t have much time to spend in the kitchen.  I used the 8-inch skillet available in my apartment and made sure it was hot (medium high heat).  If you have a non-stick pan, use that!  Because it goes fast, make sure everything is ready before you put anything in the hot pan.  So while the pan is heating up, beat the eggs and add a Tablespoon of water to even the cooking, a dash of salt, and some pepper if desired.  If you are adding other ingredients like cheese, make sure that is ready as well.  I used small chunks of camembert…a soft, french cheese.

Okay, now that the pan is hot, add a generous portion of butter and as soon as it melts and covers the bottom of the pan, pour in the eggs.  If you are using a non-stick pan, move the the pan back and forth so it keeps the egg moving.  You can also use a spatula to quickly “stir” the eggs so that the uncooked egg gets a chance to touch the pan and the cooked egg doesn’t stay in one spot.  You can throw in the other ingredients at this point when it is mostly cooked (the top will still be shiny/wet). Turn the omelet over on itself and let it sit for a second to finish cooking in the middle.  Serve bottom-side-up on a plate.

You can see in my pictures that my omelette is brown.  That’s because I waited a few seconds too long to pour the egg in the pan–the butter started to burn.  I actually like the flavor of browned butter, but that is never what you would learn in omelette school!  But in my personal opinion, I think as long as the egg is still tender and not leathery, you’ve got a tasty omelette.

What are your favorite things to put in an omelette?

And just for fun…here’s a video that I watched last night when I was unwinding from a long day of navigating Paris.  Enjoy!