Those of you on Foodbuzz.com have probably noticed a trend with me in the “What I’m Craving” section of my profile. More often than not, I’m craving some sort of omelette. I’m not sure if it’s the versatility of the omelette, the ease of preparation, or the fact that you can get a nice, filling, high-protein meal in one dish, or all of the above, but I love a great omelette. Even when I happen to be at a restaurant for breakfast (read: Denny’s after a concert), my eye usually lands on the omelette section of the menu. I try them at almost every restaurant that will offer them, learning what not to do and acquiring new tips for my home creations (thanks, Cheesecake Factory for the lovely addition of herbs in your California Omelette!). What I don’t like about restaurant omelettes is how greasy they can be. There’s a certain grease threshold I have and most places beat that more often than not. The worst part about a restaurant omelette, however, is the price: $9-11 on average for some eggs with a bit of filling? Unacceptable!
Serve this for Sunday brunch or as a nice change for dinner with some crusty Italian bread. Then sit back and marvel at how beautifully delicious this is for about$2/omelette, a savings of up to $8 for something you probably won’t find at every restaurant. And it’s much healthier because you know exactly how it’s being cooked.
Caprese Omelette (Serves 1-2, depending on appetite; Total Cost per Omelette: about $2)
Prepare the filling by rinsing the basil, patting it dry, then cutting into small shreds. Next, slice or dice the tomato into 1/2″ pieces, and finally, cut your mozzarella cheese into small 1/8″ thick rounds (this helps it melt more easily).
Beat eggs well until they are light and fluffy-looking in the bowl. A tip I learned from a TV cooking show is to add a couple drops of water for extra fluffy eggs, and because this actually works better than milk, I highly suggest this. Heat the olive oil (or butter, if you’re a traditional omelette maker) in a pan over medium high heat until hot and add eggs. Swirl your pan around until the egg coats the entire bottom and some of the sides. When the eggs bubble, take your spatula and pierce the steam bubble, tilting your pan to fill the hole with the remaining eggs. Continue this process until the eggs stop bubbling and reduce heat to medium. Sprinkle a tiny pinch each of salt and pepper, place the mozzarella rounds in the omelette and cover for about 90 seconds, or just until the cheese starts to soften. At this point you will want to start using your spatula to help loosen the omelette from the pan, making sure it doesn’t break in the process. Once you’ve loosened it most of the way, add the tomatoes and basil shreds. Flip one side of the omelette on top of the other with your spatula and cook for about 20 seconds. Flip the entire thing onto the other side and do the same. By now you should have reached a perfect golden color on the outside of the omelette.
Slide the omelette onto a plate, garnish with extra diced tomato and a sprig of basil on top, add some good, crusty Italian bread for a side if desired, and enjoy!
(Note: If your omelette breaks while flipping, don’t worry about it at all! Even I can’t do a perfect flip sometimes. It will still taste the same; you just have Caprese Eggs, instead.)