Sunday, December 11, 2011

Onion and Parsley Frittata

I've always liked the egg/onion combination in Chinese Egg Foo Young. Here is a Mediterranean-style version.

This frittata features ingredients that are typical refrigerator staples, and therefore is great for serving last-minute guests. Like most frittati, it can be served hot or at room temperature for breakfast, brunch, lunch, or as an appetizer or light supper.

Many frittata recipes instruct the cook to brown the top of the frittata under the broiler. My Grandma Marianna never did this. Instead, she would flip the frittata over using a plate as described below, and then brown the other side on the stove. I still prefer to use her method.


1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 small yellow onion, coarsely chopped
8 large eggs, or equivalent in egg substitute
2 tablespoons milk
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley (preferably Italian flat-leaf parsley)

In a 9-inch or 10-inch non-stick skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion, and saute for 3-5 minutes, until the onion is soft and lightly golden.

Meanwhile, in a bowl, beat the eggs well. Beat in the milk, salt and pepper, and then stir in the parsley.

Add the egg mixture to the cooked onion in the skillet.

Using a spatula, stir the contents of the skillet to distribute the onion and herbs evenly throughout the egg mixture. Cook for 3-6 minutes, gently lifting the edges of the frittata to allow the uncooked egg to run underneath the cooked section, until the eggs start to set and the underside of the frittata is golden.

Flip the frittata by placing a flat plate over the top of the skillet and turning it upside down so that the frittata is resting on the plate, cooked side up. Gently slide the frittata back into the skillet, cooked side up. Cover and continue cooking over low heat until the other side is golden and the eggs are set, about another 3-5 minutes.

Slice the frittata into 4 wedges, and serve.

-- 4 servings

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