Saturday, May 7, 2011

Onion and Mint Frittata


When you have lots of eggs you do look for different ways of using them.  I have made Frittata's before and this was a bit different (at least for me).  The recipe was in the Sunflower Farmers Market magazine that you can pick up at any one of there locations.  There are recipes on their link also but I didn't see this one. 
I hope you give this a try- my Dad loved it - especially when I told him I used the mint he grew.  A Frittata isn't the same as a Quiche and this recipe is light and goes great with salad greens.


Onion and Mint Frittata

Serves 12

12 eggs
1 Tbsp. water
1 bunch fresh mint or basil, finely chopped
1 large red onion, chopped
1 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil or butter
1 cup cherry tomatoes, cut in half

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Mix eggs and water until well blended.  Add mint or basil and season well with salt and pepper.
Using a heavy-bottomed skillet (I used cast iron), saute` onion in oil or butter.  (I used the oil and added 1/2 Tbsp or so at the end).  When onions have begun to soften, add tomatoes and cook 1 minute.  Add egg mixture.  Cook on stovetop until eggs begin to solidify around the edges.  Place the whole pan in the oven to cook all the way through, 10-12 minutes (it should look firm and slightly puffy).  Cover pan with a plate and invert to slide out fritata.  Cut into wedges and serve.

Per Serving:  96 cal, 59% fat cal, 6 g fat, 2g sat fat, 213 mg chol, 7 g protein, 3 g carb, 1g fiber, 63 mg sodium

What is a Frittata anyway? It's an Italian open-face omelet resembling a Spanish Tortilla. Where the Frittata differs from a French Quiche is that it's made on top of the stove, or started on top of the stove and completed in the oven or under the broiler.  A Frittata is flavored with vegetables, herbs, meats or cheeses sometimes cooks have used pasta.  Quiche is in custard form using heavy cream or other milk product and has a savory crust, but can be made crust-less.

BTW - Don't let the "mint" keep you from trying it - you will be pleasantly surprised!
  
You might like to try my other egg recipes:  Vik's Crust-less Quiche and Individual Quiches

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