Open-Faced Smoked Salmon Omelet
- 6 large eggs
- 2 tablespoons half-and-half or water
- 1/4 teaspoon fine salt
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 2 ounces cream cheese, cut into small bits
- 2 ounces thinly sliced smoked nova salmon or lox, cut into 1-inch long thin strips
- 2 tablespoons finely diced red onion
- 2 teaspoons drained small capers
- 4 lemon slices
- Snippets of fresh dill, for garnish
- Equipment: 8-inch seasoned omelet skillet (like black steel or cast iron)
Preheat the broiler and arrange the oven rack in the highest position.
Melt the butter in the skillet over medium-high heat. Pour in the egg mixture and let sit until the bottom starts to cook. Using a rubber spatula, slowly push the cooked egg from 1 side of the skillet to the other, allowing the raw egg to reach the bottom and cook--this creates fluffiness and keeps the bottom from burning.
When the omelet is cooked on the bottom and the top is still runny, place the skillet just under the broiler with the oven door open and the handle sticking out, and broil until the omelet rises and browns lightly, about 1 minute. (Alternatively, flip the omelet in the skillet and cook briefly, to finish.)
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