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Perfect Cheese Omelet with Sauteed Red Bell Pepper Filling and Onion
Why this recipe works:
We wanted a foolproof omelet recipe that would produce a creamy, supple omelet with perfectly melted cheese that
didn't leak all over the pan.
We found that using a good-quality nonstick skillet, cooking the eggs with an on-burner/off-burner technique, grating an
easy-melting cheese, and shaping the omelet with the sides of the pan and a heat-resistant rubber spatula gave us the omelet
recipe we had been looking for.
Monterey Jack is our choice for this filling. Be sure to prepare the filling before you begin to make the omelet or omelets.
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1/2 small onion , chopped fine
1/4 red bell pepper (about 2 ounces), seeds discarded, cut into 1/2-inch dice
1 teaspoon minced fresh parsley leaves
3 large eggs
1/2 tablespoon unsalted butter , plus melted butter for brushing finished omelet
3 tablespoons Monterey Jack cheese or other cheese of your choice
1. For the Filling: Heat butter in medium skillet over medium heat until foaming; add onion, and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened but not browned, about 2 minutes. Add bell pepper; cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 2 minutes. Off heat, stir in parsley. Transfer mixture to small bowl and season with to taste; set aside until ready to use.
2. For the Omelet: Beat eggs and salt and pepper with fork in small bowl until thoroughly combined.
3. Heat butter in 10-inch nonstick skillet over medium-high heat; when foaming subsides and butter just begins to color, pour in eggs. Cook until edges begin to set, 2 to 3 seconds, then, with rubber spatula, stir in circular motion until slightly thickened, about 10 seconds. Following illustration 1 below, use spatula to pull cooked edges in toward center, then tilt pan to one side so that uncooked eggs run to edge of pan. Repeat until omelet is just set but still moist on surface, about 20 to 25 seconds. Sprinkle cheese and filling down center of omelet, perpendicular to handle of skillet.
4. Remove skillet from burner. Following illustration 2, use rubber spatula to fold lower third (nearest you) of omelet to center; press gently with spatula to secure seams, maintaining fold.
5. Run spatula between outer edge of omelet and pan to loosen. Following illustration 3, jerk pan sharply toward you a few times to slide omelet up far side of pan. Jerk pan again so that 2 inches of unfolded edge folds over itself, or, following illustration 4, use spatula to fold edge over. Invert omelet onto plate. Tidy edges with spatula, brush with melted butter, and serve.