Cheese omelets make an easy and delicious breakfast, lunch, or even dinner. Although you can make omelets including a range of ingredients from sausage and bacon to onion or green pepper, cheese omelets are classic and simple. Here's how to make a cheese omelet:
Ingredients and supplies:
- 2 eggs
- 1 1/2 to 2 oz grated cheese
- 4 teaspoons butter
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Parsley (optional, for garnish)
- 8 or 10 inch nonstick frying pan
- Small bowl (for eggs)
- Beat the eggs. Beat 2 eggs together. For heartier appetites, use 3 eggs instead of 2. You can also use egg substitute if you do not eat eggs. Do not beat until they become too frothy; stop when they are just combined, and of even consistency.
- Prepare the omelet pan. Place the pan over medium heat, and allow it to slightly warm before placing a little butter into the pan. Wait until it melts completely to make your omelet. For a low-fat version, spray the pan with cooking spray instead. If you need to grate the cheese, do so now; you will have no time to do so while the eggs are cooking.
- Cook the eggs. Pour the beaten eggs into the buttered pan. Stir continuously, but gently, until they begin to set. Do not let the eggs burn to the bottom of the pan. While they are cooking, angle the pan so that the raw portion of the eggs runs to the side, allowing it to cook. Although it can be tempting to turn up the heat to cook the omelet faster, this will result in eggs that are runny on the top and burned on the bottom. Plus, it takes just a few minutes to cook an omelet over medium heat.
- Make the omelet. Once the egg is nearly done cooking, add the cheese in the middle of the omelet. Leave plenty of room around the edges to fold the omelet. Do not stir at this stage, or you will break up your omelet. Then use your spatula to gently fold up the sides of the omelet over the cheese. Allow the cheese to melt completely before taking the pan off the heat.
- Serve. Gently slide the omelet off the pan onto a plate, with the open side (showing the egg folds) on the bottom. Garnish with parsley for a colorful touch.
When eating your omelet, the melted cheese should begin to ooze from the center as you make the first cut. Omelets make a deliciously fluffy and satisfying meal. Once you've got the basic cheese omelet down, experiment with omelet ingredients until you find your perfect combination.