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Eggsentialism and the Souffle Omelette

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Growing up, my dad cooked breakfast most mornings. There were the run of the mill mornings with toasted biscuit halves and jam, or a big bowl of grits, or Cheese toast and bacon, or the dreaded pancakes. And, there was the rare morning of the odd bowl of cereal…. but those were  – like I said – rare. Most days he cooked… something.

Every so often he would make this frittata for breakfast – Eggs, cheese, and whatever meats he had on hand…. although to be fair, he didn’t call it a frittata – he called it an oven omelette. Regardless of the name, the process is  pretty simple:

Greased Heavy Iron Skillet – check!

Pile o’eggs Beaten to a froth – check!

Grated Cheese – check!

Diced Meat – Check, Check, Check, check-y check!

whisk everything together, pour into a heated skillet and bake it until brown, crusty, golden and bubbly.

Sounds simple…right?

I can’t do it… never have been able to. The crust never forms right, or it’s too greasy, or the cheese falls through the mix and burns to the skillet, or 10,000 other problems with the frittata.

I know it shouldn’t bother me. I know I should keep right on trying until I master it – but the fear and pain of knowing it’s something I can’t accomplish is just more than I can bear…. really – It’s this huge unimaginable weight crushing my soul.

So, I just gave up.

After years of feeling bad for myself, sometime in the 90’s I came across a recipe for a Souffle Omelette in some in long forgotten industry magazine.

No, it wasn’t that frittata, but it was in reality just as easy as my dad made that omelette appear to be.

And it came to pass that I too could finally look cool to anyone I was making breakfast for.

Souffle Omelette

 Souffle Omelette with Mushrooms and Fontina

Serves 2 to 3 (4 if you’re having something else other than eggs.)

4 Large Eggs – Separated

1/4 Teaspoon Cream of Tartar

1 Tablespoon Water

1 Cup Sliced Mushrooms (pick your favorite, it doesn’t matter… except oyster – don’t use those)

1 Tablespoon Oil

1 Teaspoon Butter

1 Cup Grated Fontina Cheese (or less… I like me some cheese)

Salt and Pepper to taste (since “some people” take issue to  the whole “to taste” wording…. start with  1/4 teaspoon and go from there)

Tools of the Trade:

Large Mixing Bowl


10″ Oven Safe Skillet


Butchers Paper or Tin Foil

omlete 2

Preheat the broiler on high.  Add the egg whites, water and cream of tartar to a large bowl and whisk until they form STIFF peaks – set aside.

Saute the mushroom in oil until they are softened and lightly golden – Set Aside

Beat the yolk with salt until smooth, then gently fold the whites into the yolk mixture

Heat the skillet over medium heat with the butter – swirl the butter around to coat the bottom of the skillet evenly

pour the egg mixture into the skillet, place back on the heat  and do not touch for 1 minute – the bottom of the omelette will just set and brown slightly.

Gently spoon the mushrooms onto the omelette and top with the cheese. Place the skillet under the broiler until the cheese is just melted and the top of the omelette is just set (it will jiggle just slightly  when tapped – about 3 minutes)

Remove and slide the spatula under the edges to loosen the omelette from the pan and slide onto the readied paper or foil.

Using the foil, lift and fold the omelette over in half to close the omelette.

Cut into wedges and serve

omlete 4


4 comments on “Eggsentialism and the Souffle Omelette

  1. Phong Hong
    May 6, 2014

    geez, Toby! Sounds like making a cake hah..hah…This is interesting. I’ll give it a try and report back to you :)

    • platefodder
      May 6, 2014

      I love the light and fluffy omelette it makes. Let me know :)

  2. I, too, have had miserable luck with Dad’s oven omelette. Although, after about 30 years, I have finally been able to make a passable version of it. Mostly it requires the cast iron pan being screaming hot from the oven when you pour the ingredients into it.

    • platefodder
      May 5, 2014

      yeah, yeah… tried that. I swear he used magic.

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