I was attempting to achieve a crispy, inside-out Parmesan omelet--and it worked! The caramelized cheese formed a thin but protective layer and, since the eggs had never directly touched the pan, they were moist and tender. This will also work whether you use one or three eggs, depending on the texture you're going for. Using a single egg is kind of a cool trick, since the cheese layer is almost as thick, and you can really appreciate the crispness even more.

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
5 mins
total:
15 mins
Servings:
1
Yield:
1 serving
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Crack eggs into a mixing bowl. Add 1/4 teaspoon water. Whisk together until just beaten (do not overmix).

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  • Drizzle olive oil into 8-inch nonstick skillet. Brush evenly over the bottom of the pan. Evenly grate cheese into the skillet approximately 1/2-inch deep (or just shy of 1 ounce).

  • Place pan over medium-high heat. Cheese will slowly start to melt. When cheese starts to bubble and turn golden brown, about 4 minutes, pour eggs evenly over cheese. Reduce heat to low. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and cayenne. Cover and let eggs cook on low until they are set, checking after the first 30 seconds. For 2 eggs, this should take about 1 minute, total cooking time. Remove pan from heat. Carefully use a spatula to fold "parmalet" in half. Transfer to serving plate.

Cook's Note:

I had the best luck with the cheese crust using 25 grams of finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, or just shy of 1 ounce.

Nutrition Facts

291 calories; protein 22g 44% DV; carbohydrates 1.9g 1% DV; fat 21.7g 33% DV; cholesterol 352.3mg 117% DV; sodium 711.9mg 29% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
06/04/2017
As with all of Chef John's recipes, I make them as he suggests the first time I use the recipe. This omelette was delicious and perfectly crusted (if that is a word)! The second time I made it I used a little less cheese and it was still crispy and perfect. On a subsequent try I used 3 eggs instead of two.... mistake... takes way too long to get it to the point it could be easily folded... I am sticking with Chef John's recipe :) Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
07/11/2017
My cheese stuck to the bottom of the pan and eggs were pretty flavorless. Won't be making this one again. Read More
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  • 2 star values: 2
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Rating: 5 stars
06/04/2017
As with all of Chef John's recipes, I make them as he suggests the first time I use the recipe. This omelette was delicious and perfectly crusted (if that is a word)! The second time I made it I used a little less cheese and it was still crispy and perfect. On a subsequent try I used 3 eggs instead of two.... mistake... takes way too long to get it to the point it could be easily folded... I am sticking with Chef John's recipe :) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/14/2016
Thank you Chef John now this is my husband favorite omelet! I added added onions and turkey to mine. XOXO Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/11/2017
Delicious! Love that cheesy crust. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/22/2017
Will make this over and over. I added mushrooms and green onions and served with sliced tomatoes. Delicious. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
07/11/2017
My cheese stuck to the bottom of the pan and eggs were pretty flavorless. Won't be making this one again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/18/2016
Love the texture! Was going to make this exactly as written but I got greedy during the cooking process and added my usual omelette fillers; feta onion and spinach. The parmesan "shell" was outstanding! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/26/2016
My wife is on a diet that requires her to have a lot of protein and what better way to meet that than with a cheesy omelet. This recipe is easy to make and so far has been a hit every time I make it. Chef John knows his stuff. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/04/2017
Great recipe. Eggs paired well with the parmesan. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/18/2017
plenty salty enough with cheese doesn't need any additional Read More
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