For the filling:
In a large heavy sauté pan, heat the oil and butter over high heat. When the foam subsides, add the mushrooms and sauté until they’re nicely browned and tender, adding butter if needed. Stir in the garlic and salt; sauté until fragrant, 1 min. Remove the pan from the heat, add the parsley, as well as salt and pepper to taste. You should have about 1/3 cup sautéed mushrooms; set aside.
For the omelet:
In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, water, salt, pepper, and 1 tsp. of the tarragon (if using) until the yolks and whites are well combined but not foamy. In an 8-inch heavy-duty nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, heat the oil and then add the butter. Swirl to coat the pan.
When the butter melts, pour the eggs into the pan. With a heatproof spatula, scramble the eggs using small, circular scribbling motions until soft curds start to form, 30 to 50 seconds.
As the mixture firms, spread it over the bottom of the pan; swipe the sides as needed. Stop working the curds to let the omelet begin to firm and let it sit about 30 seconds. (If you like your eggs well done, let it go a bit longer.)
If using cheese, scatter it evenly, leaving a scant margin around the omelet’s edge. Add the other filling ingredients and use your spatula to gently press them into the curds to incorporate the filling into the omelet.
With the spatula, lift one-third of the omelet and fold it over the center like a business letter.
Tilt the pan toward the plate to slide the omelet so one-third of it hangs over the pan’s edge. Invert the pan, using the spatula to help support the omelet so that it flips neatly over itself as it slides out of the pan. Garnish with the remaining 1/2 tsp. tarragon.
nutrition information (per serving):
per omelet, Calories
36, Fat Calories
320, Saturated Fat
19, Monounsaturated Fat
8, Polyunsaturated Fat
Photo: Scott Phillips