A few weeks back I had that quick trip to Chicago. I was able to catch an earlier flight and after picking up a rental car I was sitting at Lou Mitchell’s (no waiting thank you) counter on a Sunday at around noon.
I ordered my usual cheddar & broccoli omelet and spent a little more time picking at the egg concoction to see if I could learn anything on how to get that last 10% to perfect my own at-home version.
I usually don’t sit at Lou Mitchell’s counter but I discovered that from that vantage point I could see through the order window into the kitchen. And sure enough the cooks were putting the omelet pans into a large oven to finish them off. I had not seen that before but it validates the method I had found to make a fluffy omelet.
My waitress looked like she had worked for Lou since he opened the place in 1923. For research purposes I asked her what the secret is to getting these omelets so fluffy. She looked around to make sure Lou wasn’t watching then leaned over and said, “They use a blender!”
So another one of the elements of my current omelet formula had been sort of verified.
The omelet I made last weekend was very close. The color was a little light and it was a little too fluffy.
How could an omelet be too fluffy? There were too many bubbles in the omelet.
The formula I used was:
1) Separate the egg whites from the yolks.
2) Whip the whites then fold in the yolks.
3) Only leave it on the burner for about a minute before putting in an over heated to 350 degrees.
4) Bake it for 5 minutes then add the cheese and fold the omelet in half then bake it for 5 more minutes.
This yielded an almost perfect omelet.
This week I am going to try the same formula but with these changes:
1) I am going to mix two tablespoons of pancake batter with the yolks before folding them into the whipped egg whites.
2) I am going to leave the pan on the stove for 2 minutes total.
I’ll keep you posted on how things turn out. I hope this is not a step backward.
P.S. I will only be running 6 miles tomorrow since I will be running in a road race on the following Saturday.