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A Souffle Omelette with Three Cheeses and Chives

Though making a soufflé proper can be a stressful experience, particularly if you've had no practice, making a soufflé omelette is a doddle. It takes no more than five minutes and honestly tastes every bit as good as the oven-baked variety. This one has three cheeses, but you can make it with just one, or even four if you happen to have them hanging around. If you want to make this omelette for two, that's okay if you double everything. Just use a 9 or 10 inch (23 or 25.5 cm) diameter pan and give each stage more time, then divide the omelette into two. Vegetarians might like to know that a vegetarian parmesan-style cheese is available from www.bookhamcheese.co.uk


Serves 1

This recipe is taken from How to Cook Book One.

A Souffle Omelette with Three Cheeses and Chives
Ingredients
 3 large eggs
 1 oz (25 g) mature Cheddar, finely grated
 1 oz (25 g) Parmesan (Parmigiano Reggiano), finely grated (see recipe introduction)
 1 oz (25 g) Gruyère, finely grated
 1 heaped tablespoon finely snipped chives
 ½ oz (10 g) butter
 salt and freshly milled black pepper
Equipment
You will also need a medium solid-based frying pan with a base diameter of 7 inches (18 cm).

Method

First separate the eggs – yolks into a small bowl and whites into a squeaky-clean large bowl; it helps if you separate the whites singly into a cup first before adding them to the bowl, then if one breaks, it won't ruin the rest. Now beat the egg yolks with a fork, seasoning well with salt and pepper.

Next put the pan on to a low heat to warm through. While that's happening, whisk the egg whites with either an electric hand whisk or a balloon whisk, until they form soft peaks. Next add the butter to the pan and turn the heat up. Then, using a large metal spoon, quickly fold the egg yolks into the egg whites, adding the Cheddar, half the Parmesan and the chives at the same time. Then, when the butter is foaming, pile the whole lot into the pan and give it a good hefty shake to even it out.

Now let the omelette cook for 1 minute exactly. Then slide a palette knife round the edges to loosen it, sprinkle the grated Gruyère all over the surface and whack the omelette under the grill, about 4 inches (10 cm) from the heat. Let it cook for 1 more minute, until the cheese is melted and tinged golden. Next, remove the pan from the heat, then slide the palette knife round the edge again. Take the pan to the warmed plate, then ease one half of the omelette over the other and tilt the whole lot out on to the plate. Scatter the rest of the Parmesan all over and serve immediately.

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