Craving an egg? Worry not. Go ahead and use some eggs to make a delicious frittata recipe. Frittata is a very popular Italian dish. The beauty of the dish lies in its simplicity. However, it is certainly not an omelette, despite some similarities.
A traditional frittata contains some vegetables in addition to eggs. Also known as quiché with no crust, this dish is popular all over the world because of its amazing versatility and simple preparation technique.
Quick and easy, you cannot fail to love this Italian dish, especially when you enliven it with a bit of cheese. Quintessentially an Italian dish, the basic frittata is hard to come by in fancy restaurants.
It is a home-cooked dish, with Italian moms taking pride in their signature dishes prepared for the entire family. Believed to be a breakfast dish, you can also serve it for brunch or cook it when you want a light dinner.
What is the history of frittata?
The term is derived from the Italian verb “friggere” meaning “to fry.” It describes the nature of the dish perfectly and indicates comfort, as most fried dishes tend to do. The origin remains blurry, as some form of the frittata is found across all nations of the globe. However, food researchers believe it to have been influenced by the Spanish omelette that consists of layers of potatoes placed over a base of fried eggs.
What is a frittata?
The egg is the main ingredient in this dish, with a variety of ingredients thrown in. It is often called the Italian omelette, but the egg frittata comes with a difference. The egg is not cooked separately in the hot frying pan or skillet. Instead, you have to mix the other ingredients into the eggs and pour them all on the hot frying pan.
Slow cooking is the acceptable method while preparing a frittata, with the final shape being circular as opposed to the folded omelette. It is often a great way of coaxing young children to eat vegetables, as no one in their right mind can resist a hot frittata served straight from the pan.
The frittata can be served with salami and a cheese platter if you are eager to make a meal out of it. You are welcome to use the leftover ingredients to enhance its taste too. It is a practical and affordable dish that is suitable for big families and for feeding unexpected guests.
- 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil or vegetable oil
- 100 grams of boiled potatoes cut into cubes
- cup ¾of cauliflower/broccoli florets
- ½ de-seeded red pepper
- 2 spring onions . You are welcome to use leeks as an alternative finely cut
- 50 grams frozen or fresh green peas
- 10 grams feta cheese crumbled
- 6 eggs
- Salt to taste
- Black pepper powder to taste
- Heat oil in a non-stick frying pan
- Add the potato cubes, cauliflower/broccoli florets, spring onions, and sauté gently for 5-7 minutes
- Keep stirring until the potatoes become brown and other vegetables turn tender
- Stir in the green peas, red pepper, and crumbled cheese and cook for another minute
- Break the eggs into a medium-sized bowl
- Add seasoning and whisk vigorously
- Pour the egg mixture into the pan to cover the vegetables evenly
- Shake the pan to have the eggs coat the tender vegetables
- Lower the heat and cook the frittata for 5 minutes until the egg is set
- Preheat the grill
- Place the hot mixture on the grill for 3-4 more minutes
- Gently loosen the sides of the frittata from the pan and slide it to a board
- Cut it into wedges and serve hot with a green leafy salad
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