French omelette is a popular egg based pancake prepared commonly with egg whites and several filling ingredients, which may include vegetables, meat, and herbs. Salt and black pepper are used to season the omelet. Though it is more common to make use of only egg whites to prepare French style omelet, however, a few recipes suggest making use of whole eggs. The omelet is often fried in olive oil. However, a few recipes suggest cooking the omelet in clarified butter for enhanced flavor. Good amount of clarified butter is used, so that the omelet does not stick to the pan or skillet in which it is cooked. French omelets are often rolled out in tri-fold design prior to being served, and popularly served during breakfast; though they can be served for lunch or light dinner too.
French omelette is basically prepared with different filling ingredients. The basic French omelette recipe suggests beating together egg whites, salt, black pepper, and water, and then pouring the mix in a skillet containing olive oil. The cooked egg mixture should be moved to the center immediately and the uncooked one should be allowed to flow to pan’s bottom. This would help in making a thick omelet with moist and soft center. Thereafter, the desired filling, whether potato and bacon filling, sausage and pepper filling, or vegetable filling is spooned over the omelet’s center, and the omelet is folded over the filing. The folded stuffed omelet is then served hot.
Popular French Omelette Fillings
The three popular filings for omelet in French cuisine have been explained below:
- Potato and bacon filling- It is a cooked mix of crumbled bacon, diced potatoes, chopped onions, parsley, and cheese.
- Vegetable filling- it is a mix of several vegetables like carrots, kidney beans, zucchini, and mushrooms. Other ingredients used to prepare the filling consist of ginger root, cornstarch, and Worcestershire sauce.
- Sausage and pepper filling- in order to prepare this filling, cooked and crumbled sausage is combined with chopped bell peppers, chopped onions, basil, and oregano.
French omelette is enriched with the nutrients of egg, with one egg containing around 70 calories, obtained from 4.5 g of fat, 6 g of protein, and 215 mg of cholesterol. The egg also contains other vital nutrients viz. phosphorus, vitamin A, vitamin B2, and vitamin B12. As eggs contain significant amount of cholesterol, it is suggested to consume them in moderation.