Watercress-Fontina Souffléed Omelet
- TOTAL TIME: 25 MIN
- SERVINGS: 4
The trick to this wonderfully puffy souffléed omelet is to beat the egg whites until they form soft peaks, then fold them into the yolks.
- 1/4 cup mild-flavored extra-virgin olive oil
- 5 ounces watercress, chopped (5 cups)
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 6 large eggs, separated
- 4 ounces imported Fontina cheese, shredded (1 cup)
- Preheat the broiler and position a rack 6 inches from the heat source. In a large nonstick, ovenproof skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil. Add the chopped watercress, season with salt and black pepper and cook over high heat until wilted, 3 minutes. Drain the watercress well, then transfer to a bowl and let cool. Stir in the egg yolks and 1/4 cup of the cheese. Wipe out the skillet.
- In a bowl, beat the egg whites with a pinch of salt until soft peaks form. Fold the whites into the egg yolks until no streaks remain.
- Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil in the skillet. Add the egg mixture, spreading it evenly. Cook over moderately high heat until the omelet is golden on the bottom, about 3 minutes. Sprinkle the remaining 3/4 cup of cheese on top and broil the omelet for 4 minutes, until the cheese is melted and the omelet is set on the top. Slide the omelet onto a platter, folding it in half. Cut the omelet into wedges and serve immediately.
Brisk, light white.