Spinach Frittata

Spinach Frittata


When you leave an omelet flat in the pan, the “extras” become more important than the eggs.
TIME 30 minutes
MAKES 4 servings
6 eggs
½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
3 tablespoons olive oil
½ small red onion, chopped
1 pound fresh spinach, chopped


Method
1 Position the rack under a broiler about 4 inches from the heat source and turn it to high. Crack the eggs on a flat, hard surface and open them into a bowl. Add the cheese, sprinkle with some salt and pepper, and whisk until the yolks and whites are just combined.

2 Put 1 tablespoon of the olive oil in a medium ovenproof skillet, preferably nonstick, over medium-high heat. When it’s hot, add the onion, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and cook until soft, 3 to 5 minutes.

3 Add the spinach and cook, stirring and tossing frequently, until the leaves wilt and release their liquid; lower the heat if necessary to keep everything from burning. Once the spinach starts to dry and stick to the pan, after 3 to 5 minutes, turn the heat to low. Cook, stirring occasionally, until there is no water left in the pan and the spinach is coated in oil, another minute or so, then spread out the spinach in the pan.

4 Pour the egg mixture over the spinach and onions, evenly distributing the vegetables if necessary. Cook, undisturbed, until the eggs are firm at the bottom and the top is still runny, 8 to 10 minutes.

5 Put the pan under the broiler until the eggs finish setting and brown lightly, 2 to 4 minutes, watching to make sure the frittata doesn’t burn. (Be careful removing the pan from the oven since the handle will be hot.) Cut the frittata into wedges and serve right away, or warm, or at room temperature.

Variations
  • Any-Vegetable Frittata Try asparagus, zucchini, tomatoes, red bell pepper, peas, or carrots, for example. As with the spinach, figure a pound or so and chop them up a bit if they’re big. Some will take longer to cook than others, but follow the directions in Steps 2 and 3 and figure a range of 5 to 15 minutes. Add the eggswhen the vegetables are completely dry and tender.
  • Using Other Cheeses in Frittatas: Crumbly or soft cheeses—feta, goat, or ricotta—are all fine replacements for the Parmesan.

Tips
  • For a thicker frittata, use a smaller pan, keep the heat low, and extend the cooking time. You still want the eggs to barely set; don’t brown the bottom by turning upthe heat.
  • Frittatas are ideal for entertaining since you can make them ahead and serve them warm or at room temperature. Cut them into wedges for plated appetizers (a little tomato sauce is a lovely addition) or into bite-sized squares to serve with toothpicks.

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