Photography by Angie Norwood Browne
For the filling:
- 1-1/2 tsp. olive oil
- 1-1/2 tsp. unsalted butter; more as needed
- 1/4 lb. cremini or white button mushrooms, wiped clean, stems trimmed, and thinly sliced (to yield about 2-cups)
- 1 small clove garlic, minced
- 1/4 tsp. kosher salt
- 1 Tbs. chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
- Several grinds freshly ground black pepper
- 2 Tbs. grated Fontina
For the omelet:
- 2 large or extra-large eggs
- 1 Tbs. water
- 2 pinches kosher salt
- 4 grinds freshly ground black pepper
- 1 tsp. chopped fresh-chives
- 1 tsp. olive oil
- 1 tsp. unsalted butter
- For the filling:
In a large heavy sauté pan, heat the oil and butter over high heat. When the foam subsides, add the mushrooms and sauté until they’re nicely browned and tender, adding butter if needed. Stir in the garlic and salt; sauté until fragrant, 1 min. Remove the pan from the heat, add the parsley, as well as salt and pepper to taste. You should have about 1/3 cup sautéed mushrooms; set aside.
For the omelet:
In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, water, salt, pepper, and 1 tsp. of the chives until the yolks and whites are well combined but not foamy. In an 8-inch heavy-duty nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, heat the oil and then add the butter. Swirl to coat the pan.
When the butter melts, pour the eggs into the pan. With a heatproof spatula, scramble the eggs using small, circular scribbling motions until soft curds start to form, 30 to 50 seconds.
As the mixture firms, spread it over the bottom of the pan; swipe the sides as needed. Stop working the curds to let the omelet begin to firm and let it sit about 30 seconds. (If you like your eggs well done, let it go a bit longer.)
If using cheese, scatter it evenly, leaving a scant margin around the omelet’s edge. Add the other filling ingredients and use your spatula to gently press them into the curds to incorporate the filling into the omelet.
With the spatula, lift one-half of the omelet and fold it over the center.
Tilt the pan toward the plate to slide the omelet onto plate.
Recipe inspired Fine Cooking
Food Styling by Theresa Gilliam