Sunday, January 10, 2010

Jan 10th - Shitake French Cheese Omelette

Slept in. I guess we were tired. We didn't do too much yesterday but some household running around. I got my haircut but there was little exertion there. We did stay longer at our friend P's playing Settlers of Catan than we had planned. We definitely needed a hearty breakfast / brunch.

D switched on the Pats game and since he's cooked dinner for the last couple of nights, I've been on breakfast duty.

Today was omelettes, french style with green peppers, shitake mushrooms, cheddar and onion. French style omelette means very little manipulation of the egg, the stuffing is not cooked with the egg.

What you need. A 6" - 7" non stick pan with sloped sides. Spatulata ONLY if your pan is not as non stick as it used to be.

For basic methodology, I suggest you watch this video of 1 of 2 of my favourite memories on omelette making. The other is Madeleine Kamman on Martha Stewart but there is no video anywhere that I can find:

Shitake French Cheese Omelette

5 fresh shitake mushrooms sliced (or brown button, something with flavour) brushed, dry, and trimmed.
2 small green bell pepper
1/2 small white onion diced (1/2 c)
butter, salt and olive oil

4-5 eggs for two people
1 T water

In a large pan sautee the onion and green pepper for 5 minutes until softened but not browned, season with s&p to taste. Move them to one side of the pan. Leave half the pan on high heat (or remove the onion and pepper and use the pan empty). Add a bit of butter, and place the mushrooms spread out. Don't touch for a good 1-2 minutes. Move occasionally but you want them to brown and not steam and get slimy. 5 minutes total.

Chop some parsley and shred or cut 1/4 c cheese and leave aside.

Set aside. Whisk eggs and water only to combine.

In a small non stick pan, add 1 T of butter and a small amount of olive oil on high heat. Ladle 1 full ladel of egg into the pan. Don't touch for 10 seconds. Start to swirl by holding the handle, vigorously. If it doesn't shimmy in the pan, use a spatula to move some of the raw egg to the bottom, gently, don't scramble. As the middle is still a bit loose but but not too watery, add the veg on one side. Top with some cheese. Loose the edges of the egg if it's sticking. Gently lift the unfilled side slightly over the filling. Grab the pan with your palm facing up to the ceiling. Hold the serving plate in the other hand. Gently turn the whole pan over so the omelette falls onto the plate like rolling out of bed. Serve with parsley and toast.

Mine turned out browner than I like but my pan is a bit old and I didn't use enough butter. That's okay. It still tasted great.

I served my biscuits from yesterday.

I also sauteed some brussel sprouts my favourite.

Easy YUMMY NUTTY Brussel Sprouts.

8 brussel sprouts, fresh

Trim the bottom
Remove bad outer leaves
Slice in half

Place in a bowl with 1 t of water
Microwave for 2 minutes

Place in a hot non stick pan with olive oil on high heat face down. Don't touch or shake for 2 minutes. Then you can move them around. I added some sliced chilis. They're not bitter this way, tender and YUM!

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