Frittata with Oven-Dried Tomatoes and Cheddar
The boldly flavored tomatoes, fresh basil and browned eggs make this frittata a masterful presentation. Oven-dried tomatoes are easy to make and create an immense flavor sensation. Your servings will depend on the crowd - whether you're serving it as a main dish or as part of several other items in a buffet brunch.
- 1 red onion, thinly sliced Add to list
- 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided Add to list
- 4 cloves garlic, minced or pressed Add to list
- 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes Add to list
- 7 eggs Add to list
- 4 large oven-dried plum tomatoes, cut into quarters (see note) Add to list
- 1/2 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese Add to list
- 8 to 10 fresh basil leaves, torn into small pieces Add to list
- Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste Add to list
- Hot sauce or salsa, for topping (optional) Add to list
In a 10- to 12-inch cast iron skillet, sauté onion in 1 tablespoon oil over medium heat until very soft and lightly browned. Turn down the heat and continue cooking for about 10 minutes. Stir in garlic and red pepper flakes and cook for 1 minute.
While the onion is cooking, break the eggs into a bowl and whisk until well blended. Add tomatoes, cheese, basil, salt and pepper. Mix ingredients thoroughly.
Preheat the broiler. Adjust oven shelf 5 to 6 inches from the heat.
When the onion mixture is cooked, remove from the pan and let cool to room temperature. Mix into the eggs.
In the same skillet, heat remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium heat. Add egg mixture and evenly distribute ingredients in the pan with a fork. Turn heat down to medium-low and cook about 8 minutes. The key is to cook the eggs nice and slow. If you're not sure, gently slip a spatula under eggs to see how firm they have become before you set under broiler. When all but the center of the eggs is done, (they'll still be a little wobbly), place the pan under the broiler for 30 to 60 seconds, or until slightly browned and firm.
Let the finished eggs rest for 10 minutes before serving. Remove with a spatula, carefully dislodging the egg from around the inside of the pan first. The frittata should slip right out onto a large plate.
Top with hot sauce or salsa.
If you don't have a cast iron skillet, get one — it's a must-have! This is the kind of dish for which they were made. In the meantime, substitute a regular oven-proof fry pan.
To make oven-dried tomatoes: Slice tomatoes in half, lengthwise. Place face-down on a parchment-lined, heavy-duty baking pan and bake at 175°F or at the lowest setting for your oven, for at least 6 hours, but overnight if possible. Leave oven door ajar if cooking overnight. Sundried tomatoes can be substituted, but won't carry the day, as your own freshly done tomatoes will.
If you don't make the oven-dried tomatoes, you're missing out — big time! But, in the meantime, soak a few sundried tomatoes in hot water, drain and coarsely chop.
Recipe by, former PCC staff
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