1. Whisk the eggs in a large bowl until they become homogeneous
  2. Add salt, pepper, chopped chives, and chopped parsley. Whisk for about a minute
  3. Leave it to rest for about 5 to 10 minutes at room temperature
  4. Melt half of the butter in the frying pan on medium heat
  5. Add the diced ham and cook while stirring, for about three minutes
  6. Take the ham out of the pan, put it into a bowl, and add grated cheddar cheese. Mix both ingredients well
  7. Wipe the pan with a paper towel to remove the additional fat
  8. Put the pan on medium heat
  9. Add the remaining butter
  10. Whisk the eggs again until they become foamy
  11. Pour the eggs into the pan and cook while shaking the pan, allowing the uncooked egg to run underneath the cooked part
  12. Do that for about a minute and then add the ham and cheese mixture onto half of the surface
  13. Take the pan off the heat and cover
  14. Leave it to rest for about a minute
  15. Shake it for a bit to check if there are no stuck parts
  16. Fold the omelette in half (make sure to fold it from the no ham and cheese side to the ham and cheese side), and slide on the plate
  17. Serve right away, while it is hot

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Omelette History

An omelette is an egg dish that you can serve as breakfast and, in some cases, as a brunch meal.

When you cook an omelette, you can be creative and put even more healthy ingredients into it.

So, today we have a wide range of different types of omelette that contain bacon, vegetables, etc.

Many people think that the ancient Romans discovered the omelette because they had a similar dish called “ovemele”.

The ovemele was a dish that contained a mix of eggs and sweetened honey.

On the other hand, the term omelette was firstly used in the book “Le Ménagier de Paris“. In 1393, that was a popular Parisian household book that contained advice, recipes, and gardening tips.

Napoleon Bonaparte’s love for the omelette

There is an interesting story that says that Napoleon Bonaparte was a huge fan of the omelette.

While he was traveling through southern France with his army, he visited a small town called Bessières.

He ordered the townspeople to gather all the eggs in the area and cook a big omelette for the army.

The next morning, the whole army enjoyed a giant delicious omelette. Since then, on Easter Monday people of the town cook a big omelette and serve thousands of people.

This became a tradition not only in this town but in many other places in the world. Some of these places are Quebec, Malmedy, Pigüé, Dumbea, and Granby.

Omelette or omelet dilemma

Many people are confused with the spelling of the word omelette.

Some people use “omelette” and some “omelet”. Let us clarify the difference.

As a rule, “omelet” is used in American English and “omelette” in British English.

However, this rule is not strictly used, so you may see the British use “omelet” and the American use “omelette”.

But we choose to use the “omelette” for one reason – the French origins. The French had used the “amelette” and “alemette“, but the modern spelling is actually “omelette“.

The difference between cooking an omelette and cooking scrambled eggs

Both omelette and scrambled eggs are the dishes you can make from beaten eggs.

So, what’s the difference? The moment in which you beat them.

When it comes to the omelette, the eggs are first beaten and then cooked in the frying pan.

On the other hand, you make scrambled eggs by beating (or stirring) them in the frying pan, while you slowly add the other ingredients.

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Health benefits of omelettes

Who doesn’t love to start the day with a good old omelette? An omelette is a very simple dish made of beaten eggs and cooked with butter or oil.

It is a very healthy meal, full of proteins that are essential to our body.

It doesn’t matter if you go to the gym, go for a run in the morning (or involve in any other physical activity) or not, there are hundreds of reasons to start your day with an omelette.

Firstly, it is easy to make. You need up to 5 minutes to cook the omelette.

Secondly, it is healthy. If you choose to start your day with an omelette, that will boost your energy, since eggs contain a decent amount of vitamin B, vitamin A, vitamin D, healthy fats, selenium, and of course, protein.

These nutritive elements are very beneficial for our health. For instance, one egg contains 6 grams of proteins and 5 grams of healthy fats. So, eggs are, besides meat, one of the best sources of proteins.

Freezing an omelette

As we said, you need a small amount of time to cook an omelette for 2 or 4 people.

However, if you need more of it and you need to make it for the next several days, there is an option to freeze the omelette.

Although it may sound a little weird, you can freeze the omelette just like you can freeze the eggs (without the eggshell, of course).

Since you can make many variations of omelette, people choose to cook cheese omelette and freeze it.

Cheese and eggs work well together and create a great texture that you can keep frozen up to 4 months. But, we recommend you to consume them within 2 months, because they will be fresher and taste better.

If you don’t have enough time to think about what to have for breakfast, this is a great option for you.

Different types of omelette

Since you can mix the beaten eggs with pretty much anything, there are countless variations of the dish. Every country has its own favorite combination. But these are the most popular ones:

1. French omelette (France)

The classic French-style omelette contains only butter and eggs. It is cooked over medium heat, and it has a smooth surface and an underdone center.

You melt the butter in the pan, then you add eggs, start rolling them from one side, add some more butter into the empty side, and roll some more.

It should not have a brown color or any craters in it. However, you could add cheese or fresh herbs to the center before rolling.

2. American omelette (USA)

Unlike the French omelette, the American-style has a brown, golden color and it has craters in it. The reason for it is that it is cooked over high heat and cooked all the way through (no underdone parts).

You do not roll it, but fold it in half and serve. Often, meat and vegetables are part of the omelette, like onions, diced ham, green bell peppers, etc.

Another common type of omelette in the United States is the egg white omelette. This is a healthier version of omelette that you can make without yolks. The yolks are removed before beating in order to reduce the fat and cholesterol.

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3. Frittata (Italy)

Frittata is an Italian dish that is similar to the omelette because it is made from beaten eggs in the frying pan.

But, the frittata is maybe more similar to crustless quiche.

An omelette is made over medium or high heat and then served hot, straight from the pan. On the other hand, the frittata is cooked over low heat and served best at room temperature.

A frittata often includes milk or cream, which is not exactly the case with an omelette. Some list frittata as omelette and some don’t.

Due to the beaten eggs in the frying pan, it still qualifies as a type of omelette.

4. Tamagoyaki (Japan)

In Japan, the omelette is made with sugar, mirin, water, soy sauce, and katsuobushi (bonito flakes).

They cook it in a rectangular frying pan. They roll it with chopsticks into a sausage shape and then cut it in the same manner as sushi.

5. Tortilla De Patatas (Spain)

It is a Spanish omelette made with potatoes in the frying pan. It can include onions, too.

First, you cook potatoes and onions in oil briefly. Then drain and mix with beaten eggs. And you cook it in the pan on both sides.

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How to cook an omelette

RECIPE

Ham and Cheese Omelette

We chose a perfect omelette for two people. It contains ham, cheese, and fresh herbs. What else do you need for a yummy breakfast or brunch?

INGREDIENTS

  • 5 large eggs
  • Salt and pepper
  • 4 ounces of ham – diced
  • 3 ounces of cheddar cheese – grated
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter – chopped into cubes
  • Chives – chopped
  • Parsley – chopped

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Whisk the eggs in a large bowl until they become homogeneous
  2. Add salt, pepper, chopped chives, and chopped parsley. Whisk for about a minute
  3. Leave it to rest for about 5 to 10 minutes at room temperature
  4. Melt half of the butter in the frying pan on medium heat
  5. Add the diced ham and cook while stirring, for about three minutes
  6. Take the ham out of the pan, put it into a bowl, and add grated cheddar cheese. Mix both ingredients well
  7. Wipe the pan with a paper towel to remove the additional fat
  8. Put the pan on medium heat
  9. Add the remaining butter
  10. Whisk the eggs again until they become foamy
  11. Pour the eggs into the pan and cook while shaking the pan, allowing the uncooked egg to run underneath the cooked part
  12. Do that for about a minute and then add the ham and cheese mixture onto half of the surface
  13. Take the pan off the heat and cover
  14. Leave it to rest for about a minute
  15. Shake it for a bit to check if there are no stuck parts
  16. Fold the omelette in half (make sure to fold it from the no ham and cheese side to the ham and cheese side), and slide on the plate
  17. Serve right away, while it is hot
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