Omelet with broccoli and goat cheese
This omelet makes a delightful lunch dish, accompanied by fresh bread and a salad. The recipe is for one person — if you are serving two, you can double the recipe and cook one large omelet. If cooking for more, make the omelets separately one after the other and serve each one as soon as it’s ready.
The key to making a good omelet is to have a well-seasoned omelet pan. To season an omelet pan, coat it generously with oil and heat for about 5 minutes. Allow to cool, wipe the oil out with a paper towel and do not wash. To ensure that a seasoned pan remains omelet-ready, clean it out with salt after use — and don’t wash it.
The best kind of goat cheese to use with this recipe is a soft, unaged variety. But if that is not available, any goat cheese will do. As for the eggs, go for free-range or organic.
4 ounces (100 g.) broccoli flowerets (about 1 cup)
2 ounces (50 g.) goat cheese, preferably unaged
1 tsp. water
1 tsp. butter
salt and freshly ground black pepper
Cut the broccoli flowers from the stem and chop into bite-size pieces. (Reserve a couple of larger pieces for garnish.) Rinse the flowerets. Heat some water in a steamer. When it boils, steam the broccoli for 2 minutes, or until just tender. Immediately remove the lid of the steamer to ensure that the broccoli keeps its bright green color.
Place the goat cheese on a plate and break it into small pieces.
Beat the eggs with the water until they are light and foamy.
Melt the butter in an omelet pan over high heat until it is sizzling merrily. Turn down the heat to medium. Add the eggs. As the omelet begins to firm, gently lift the edge with a wooden spatula and allow the runny eggs on top to slide underneath. Repeat several times around the omelet. Add the broccoli flowerets and the goat cheese. Turn down the heat, add salt and pepper to taste and cook one minute more to warm the broccoli and cheese.
Remove from heat and slip the omelet onto a plate, flipping it so that it folds over itself. Garnish with the extra broccoli pieces. Serve at once. Serves 1.