“Frittatina with Fresh Herbs”
LINA’S “FRITTATINA WITH FRESH HERBS”
(MY HUSBAND’S OLD GRANDMA)
This dish was a very typical (and cheap!) second dish within the family, as they had everything available: eggs from the chicken coop, onions and herbs from the garden, ricotta cheese made from the milk of their sheep… and extra virgin oil of course, the king of all the ingredients! Frittata is healthy, tasty and easy-to-make! Try it! Nowadays frittata is very often eaten together with cold cuts and meats (prosciutto, salame, etc.)
INGREDIENTS (FOR 4 PEOPLE)
6 whole eggs
1 large white or golden onion (or 2 medium sized ones)
150 g (5 oz) sheep or cow ricotta cheese
A bunch of chives
Extra virgin olive oil
Cut the zucchini and the onions into thin slices and put them in a large frying pan together with abundant olive oil and cook over medium heat. Use a fork to check when they are soft and well cooked (about 15 minutes), then increase the heat for a few minutes until they are golden.
Beat the eggs and add salt to them. As a last step, add ricotta cheese to the egg mix and stir well, until cheese is well mixed. Pour the mix in the pan on top of the zucchini-onion-oil , spread all over thinly chopped chive and set at the lowest flame, cover with a lid, and cook for about 10 minutes.
The frittata will slowly magically “rise” in the pan becoming incredibly soft . It will be ready when you will see a solid consistency all over.
if you like a spicy taste, you can add a tiny little bit of peperoncino powder (chili pepper) in the egg mix!
The magic thing about frittata is that you can add (almost) anything that you want: if you have cheese, broccoli, pasta left over from dinner the night before, cut it into bite size pieces and include it! Vegetables are always welcome for flavour, color, and crunch. Textures should vary within the frittata. Herbs can be added, whether fresh or dried. Different cheeses will also effect the flavors of your frittata. Spinach, walnuts, and Gorgonzola create a sophisticated frittata. Have fun! Experiment! (That’s not a Tuscan tip… Tuscan people are very traditional in their way of cooking!)
Frittatas are perfect served with a fresh salad (cherry tomatoes, rucola, extra virgin olive oil, and balsamic vinegar) and a glass of chilled white wine.