Master the humble ham omelette and you'll never be stuck for a quick, easy meal-for-one again.
a dash of extra virgin olive oil
20g unsalted butter
2 thin slices quality ham
sea salt and freshly ground pepper
1 tbsp Italian parsley
¼ cup freshly grated parmesan
1. Using a fork, gently beat the eggs with 2 tablespoons of water.
2. Place a non-stick 22cm frying pan on the stove over a high heat. When the pan is hot, add olive oil and butter. When butter is bubbling and just turns a nutty brown colour, add the egg mixture and scrape the cooked egg mix from the outside into the centre with a silicon spatula.
3. Keeping the heat high, cook until the inside of the omelette is still a little undercooked, then place the ham, sea salt, pepper and parsley over the middle third of the omelette. Scatter two-thirds of the parmesan over the omelette.
4. Fold the first third of the omelette into the centre, then the last third over, encasing the ham. Allow to cook for a further minute before removing from the heat.
5. Serve the omelette sprinkled with what's left of the parmesan and some extra cracked pepper.
Tip: you can double the size of this omelette by cooking it in a bigger pan. If you want something even larger, cook two or more; making a giant one doesn't work as well.
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