November 16, 2007

My Chef Pierre's Frittata of Three Cheeses!

A frittata is a kind of omelet that has the ingredients mixed in with the eggs, rather than being folded separately inside.  Recently for lunch, Pierre, whipped up a fabulous 3-cheese frittata that was bursting with flavor.  It was so delicious steaming right out of the oven.  But frittatas are also wonderful eaten at room temperature or even cold, the next day.  They also make terrific picnic fare.  Frittatas are fun to make because you can get really creative with your ingredients.  I hope you try Pierre’s recipe – it’s really good served with a lovely salad.


Serves 8 – 10

Extra virgin olive oil
1    lb. small potatoes
4    small red onions thinly sliced
2    medium leeks washed and thinly sliced
1/4    tsp. paprika, salt and freshly ground pepper
2    slices white bread, cut into 1-inch cubes
2    cloves garlic peeled and crushed
1    C. parsley, chopped
7    eggs, lightly beaten
1/2    C. gouda, shredded
1/2    C. swiss, shredded
1/2    C. blue cheese, crumbled




In a large non-stick skillet with an ovenproof handle, heat 3 tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat.  Add the potato slices and lightly brown on one side, about 3 minutes, then toss and lightly brown the other side.  Add the onion to the skillet, toss with the potatoes, and sauté for a few more minutes until the onions are soft and translucent.  Next, add the leeks and continue to sauté for about 5 minutes more.  Season with the paprika, salt and freshly ground pepper to taste, then  transfer the mixture to a large bowl.




Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Return the skillet over medium heat and add 4 tablespoons of olive oil.  Add the bread cubes and the garlic and toss until the bread is lightly browned and crispy on all sides.  Add the bread, parsley, and eggs to the sautéed vegetables.  Meanwhile, heat 2 more tablespoons of olive oil in the skillet and when nice and hot, pour this egg mixture into the pan.  Sprinkle the cheese evenly over the top and cook over medium heat for about 5 to 6 minutes until a thin crust forms on the bottom and sides.





Place the skillet in the oven and bake for about 10 minutes.  Check the consistency and continue baking until the eggs are just set.  Invert the omelet onto a large cutting board and slice into wedges to serve. 






Photo By Eliad Laskin