May 30, 2008

The Famous Omelet from La Mère Poulard

In a previous post, I mentioned a book, The Dishes of France, by Jean-Louis André (publisher Universe). While reading the chapter about Normandy region (by the way, my home region where dairy products - cream, cheese, milk, butter... - compete with apples - Calvados liquor, pies, ...), I dropped on the recipe of the famous Mère Poulard omelet. Mère Poulard, owner of L'Hôtel de Madame Poulard, opened in Mont-St-Michel in 1888, became a renowed cook for that recipe.

At The French Consulate, there are only two dishes I am confident to cook for the kids : Tomato & Mozzarella and Omelet. So, I thought I should try that recipe for a change... Always try to keep myself motivated and willing to learn and to experience (as I mentioned in one of my previous post...).
So, here is the recipe (I am not very sure that the genuine one as I found different alternatives while browsing on the web...) :
  • 3 eggs per person
  • Separate egg yolks. Beat (adding a pinch of salt) whites until firm peaks
  • Beat 3 egg yolks (per person). Melt some butter in a pan on high heat (be sure not to brown the butter)
  • When sizzling, pour the yolks and stir. Add S&P.
  • When the yolks start to coagulate, add 1 TBS Crème Fraîche and 2 TBS of the beaten hites in the middle of the pan
  • Lower the heat. Add S&P and fold in the edges gently
  • Cook for 2 mn and slide it on the plate.

Off the recipe... I noticed that 2 mn of low heating prevent the beaten whites from being warm. So, I recommend to reserve the dish for a couple of minutes in a warm oven

I tasted the omelet I cooked for the kid (apparently, they weren't amazed by my new recipe but that shouldn't depress me as they are far from being gourmets...).

I enjoyed the difference of textures between the thick cooked layer of yolks and the light aerated warmed beaten whites. I also noticed that the omelet seemed less vicious in mouth than the usual recipe which sometimes makes me sick...So I will definitively try this one again even if that wouldn't make me travel from New York to Mont-St-Michel on its own! Though, this amazing medieval city island really worthes a visit...


akis said...

La Mere Poulard (In Le Mont Saint Michel)

What a terrible restaurant for a terribly high price and a horrible service; a true tourist trap. We had the remarkably stupid idea of having a light dinner on April 14, 2009. An omelet with about 2 tablespoons of lobster meat and 1 tablespoon of dry white rice for 48 EU !!!! 3 omelets with a bottle of wine for 174 EU= 233 $ US. You get a much better tasting omelet at McDonalds for pennies ! The service was even worse; the waiter spilled our bottle of wine and to show his remorse he came back with a glass (yes a single glass) of a miscellaneous red wine ! An overall terrible experience. Do yourselves a favor; stay out of it. They deserve to go out of business.

Anonymous said...

I stayed at the Mere Poulard hotel a few years ago and the dinner we had at the restaurant was excellent. For those who compare to McDonalds... of course they should stay with their favorite fast food. Mere Poulard is a place for gourmets, not junk! The omelette is divine and the service was perfect. Very classy and authentic, great location too. BTW a lot of French go there, I am one of will find some tourists too because it's so famous.

Anonymous said...

my first time to visit mont st michel and a french friend highly recommended to have lunch there. we have moved on to other places but still dreaming of mere poulard omelet.. the best omelet ever

Anonymous said...

I am not sure that the recipe is correct because it seems much less complex when you watch the process (YouTube provides some views). It's the beating of the eggs without separation and the cooking of them over high heat in a pan with a lot of butter that seems to make the difference. The omelet remains beside the heat (it could be in an oven) for a brief period afterwards.

I stayed at the hotel many years ago and decided to eat at the more touristy restaurant where the omelets are made instead of the very fancy hotel restaurant. We had the worst service we experienced in France where in too many restaurants American tourists were, a least at that time, treated differently from the French diners. This was surprising since we were hotel guests and we told the waiter. Moreover, my now ex-wife, who accompanied me, spoke French. This is like the difference in opinion expressed by the 2010 "Anonymous" and "akis".

Anonymous said...

Saw these omelets on a travel show so I had to have one, regardless of the (over)price! The omelet tasted great, the tiny accompanying salad was so-so, and my wife's accompanying vegetables were the worse she's ever had - even worse than the over microwaved vegetables I was served at Hof's Hut, a local coffee shop. O'kay, we're tourists, we'll only be there once, but don't treat us so insultingly. And our bill was close to $100! If you ever visit Mont St. Michel, just walk past this rip-off joint!

Kent said...

2 TBS of beaten white?! What do you do with the other 500 TBS of beaten egg white?

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