Time 15 minutes
Yields Serves 1
(Los Angeles Times)
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I first encountered what I consider to be a perfect omelet during my time as a stagier in France. There I found the soft-centered, bright yellow omelets prepared in local bistros to be the ultimate after-work meal.

To make a perfect omelet, the egg yolks and whites must be mixed to a completely uniform state. The blender is the easiest and most efficient way to do this. Then, rather than frying the omelet over high heat, cook it very slowly. This is what creates a perfect creamy texture, without tough spots or air holes.


Put the eggs in a blender and blend just until completely smooth.


Heat a high-quality 10-inch nonstick pan over low heat. Add the oil and butter. When the oil and butter have warmed, add the eggs. Allow them to cook slowly without moving the pan. When the eggs have set and are nearly cooked through, after several minutes, use a spatula to ensure that the omelet is loose.


Add the creme fraiche and, using the spatula, fold one-third of the omelet over onto itself and then slide the folded edge onto the plate. As the omelet settles onto the plate use the angle of the pan to fold the final third over, making a perfectly rolled omelet. Remember that the omelet will continue to cook a bit once it is rolled and on the plate, so take this into consideration in judging when to remove the eggs from the pan.


Sprinkle with salt to taste and, if desired, garnish the omelet with a sprinkling of freshly chopped herbs.

Keller is the chef and owner of Per Se in New York and the French Laundry in Yountville, Calif., both of which have earned three Michelin stars.