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Spicy Omelets with Scallion Sauce

  • Active time:30 min
  • Start to finish:45 min
March 2009
Gorgeous Korean hot red-pepper flakes play a crucial role in Quick Kimchi, Korean-Style Romaine, Warm Tofu with Spicy Garlic Sauce. But you needn’t save the spice for only Korean dishes—blended with eggs and some roasted red pepper, the red-pepper flakes add sizzle to a Gruyère-filled omelet. Don’t skip the verdant topping of scallion, parsley, and lemon—it adds nice freshness and acidity.
  • 1 medium red bell pepper
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced diagonally
  • 2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups coarsely grated Gruyère (1/4 lb)
  • 4 to 5 teaspoons coarse Korean hot red-pepper flakes, divided
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 4 teaspoons unsalted butter, divided
  • Lay bell pepper on its side on rack of a gas burner and turn flame on high. (Or broil on a broiler pan about 2 inches from heat.) Roast, turning with tongs, until skin is blackened, 5 to 8 minutes.
  • Transfer to a bowl, then cover and let stand 10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, stir together scallions, parsley, oil, lemon zest and juice, sugar, and 1/4 tsp each of salt and pepper, or to taste. Let stand while making omelets.
  • Toss cheese with 1 tsp red-pepper flakes.
  • Preheat oven to 200°F.
  • Peel, halve, stem, and seed roasted pepper. Purée with eggs, cream, 3 tsp red-pepper flakes (or 4 tsp for spicier omelets), and 1/4 tsp salt in a blender until smooth.
  • Heat 1 tsp butter in a 6- to 8-inch nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until foam subsides, then add 1/2 cup egg mixture. Cook, lifting edges to let uncooked egg run underneath and shaking skillet occasionally to loosen omelet, until almost set, 2 to 3 minutes. Sprinkle with one fourth of cheese, then gently turn omelet out onto a plate and keep warm in oven. Make 3 more omelets with remaining butter, egg mixture, and cheese, keeping warm in oven.
  • Serve omelets topped with scallion sauce.
Cooks’ note: Soup can be made 2 days ahead and chilled (covered once cool). Reheat before serving.