06 February, 2012

Frittata With Red Peppers and Peas | The NY Times

The filling can be made a day or two before making the frittata and held in a covered bowl in the refrigerator. The frittata can be made several hours ahead of serving, or a day ahead if serving cold. It does not reheat well. ~Martha Rose Shulman

Frittata With Red Peppers and Peas ingredients
Makes 1 (10-inch) frittata 
Serves 6 as a main dish or 12 as a starter
2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 bunches scallions, trimmed and cut in thin slices
1 large red bell pepper, seeded and diced
1 to 2 plump garlic cloves (to taste), minced
Salt and freshly ground pepper
1 cup frozen peas, thawed (you can do this by covering with boiling water for 10 minutes, then draining)
10 large or extra-large eggs
3 Tbsp low-fat milk
2 Tbsp minced flat-leaf parsley


Heat 1 Tbsp of the olive oil in a 12-inch nonstick frying pan over Medium heat and add the scallions and red pepper. If using jarred red peppers, drain, rinse, pat dry and dice; they do not need to be cooked with the scallions.

Cook, stirring often, until the scallions are tender and the red pepper beginning to soften. 

Add the garlic, salt (about 1/2 tsp), and a few twists of the pepper mill, and continue to cook until the pepper is tender, another 3 to 5 minutes. Stir often. Remove from the heat and scrape into a bowl. Rinse and dry the pan.

Beat the eggs in a large bowl. Stir in 1/2 tsp salt, some freshly ground pepper, the milk, peas, parsley, and the cooked scallions and red pepper.

Heat the remaining olive oil over Medium-High heat in the 12-inch nonstick skillet. Hold your hand above it; it should feel hot. Drop a bit of egg into the pan and if it sizzles and cooks at once, the pan is ready. 

Pour in the egg mixture. Swirl the pan to distribute the eggs and filling evenly over the surface. Shake the pan gently, tilting it slightly with one hand while lifting up the edges of the frittata with the spatula in your other hand, to let the eggs run underneath during the first few minutes of cooking.

Turn the heat down to Low, cover (use a pizza pan if you don’t have a lid that will fit your skillet), and cook for 10 minutes. From time to time remove the lid and loosen the bottom of the frittata with a wooden spatula, tilting the pan, so that the bottom doesn’t burn. It will however turn a deep golden brown. 

The eggs should be just about set; cook a few minutes longer if they’re not. Meanwhile, light the broiler.

Finish the frittata under the broiler for 1 to 3 minutes, watching very carefully to make sure the top doesn’t burn (at most, it should brown very slightly, and it will puff under the broiler). 

Remove from the heat, shake the pan to make sure the frittata isn’t sticking, and allow it to cool for at least 5 minutes and for up to 15. 

Loosen the edges with a wooden or plastic spatula. Carefully slide from the pan onto a large round platter. Cut into wedges or into smaller bite-size diamonds. 

Serve warm, at room temperature or cold. Refrigerate any leftovers.

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