How to make an omelet: A guide for non-chefs

Disclaimer: I have never attempted to make an omelet prior to writing this story, which resulted in multiple attempts gone wrong during the cooking process.  Although this is formatted to make it seem as simple as possible, don’t feel discouraged if it doesn’t go perfectly the first time.

Cooking is a daily life skill, but for many people this is not one they possess.  They have tried, only to become frustrated when a dish doesn’t turn out the way they expect, and then end up returning to one of the few dishes they are capable of making well. One dish that seems fairly simple is an omelet, given that many people at least have a basic idea of how to make scrambled eggs.  The recipe used, with a few adjustments, can be found here.  The process is relatively simple… at least up until the end.

Gather all ingredients.

The recipe calls for two eggs, two tablespoons of whole milk, two tablespoons of butter, salt and ground white pepper (which was left out of this omelet), and a filling of choice.  The recipe also calls for a mixing bowl, a whisk, a pan (between six to ten inches wide), a spatula, and a tablespoon measuring cup.

Crack the eggs into a mixing bowl, and beat until they are a light yellow color.

Heat pan over low-medium heat.  Add butter and let it melt.

The recipe calls for two tablespoons of butter.

Add milk to the eggs, and whisk until mixed.

The recipe calls for two tablespoons of milk.

When the butter in the pan is hot enough that it makes drops of water hiss, add eggs.

Let the eggs cook until the bottom starts to set.

With a spatula, push on the edges so that the uncooked egg flows underneath.

When the egg easily slides around and there is no liquid left, attempt to flip it over.

The recipe makes this appear easy, but this is a difficult aspect of making omelets. Practice makes perfect, so don’t be discouraged if it takes a few tries to completely master the art of flipping the omelet.

Add toppings of your choice.

There are no specified toppings, but for this omelet, cheese and tomato was used.  It’s really all up to personal preference, just be sure to only add the toppings on one side.

Flip the side with no toppings so that it covers the toppings and bottom half. Congratulations!  You have made an omelet, and may now enjoy your meal and the experience of trying something new.

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