Herbs and Nuts Frittata

This is just one of many versions of a frittata filled with fresh herbs and nuts. Some versions include dried rose petals, which perfume the frittata, which may be substituted by a drop of rose water. It is good at room temperature, and can be made a day ahead. You can also cut the frittata into small diamonds and serve as an hors d’oeuvre.

for 2 people i would take

  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt (may use low-fat but not nonfat)or a few tablespoons of sour cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon rose water- consider it as an option in the context of herbs and nuts – may not match..
  •   salt,  to taste
  • freshly ground pepper
  •   a pile (perhaps 400 ml?) loosely packed, parsley leaves and cilantro (may use other herbs like mint, tarragon, dill or basil if you can’t tolerate cilantro), finely chopped
  • some (a small handful) finely chopped walnuts- i also used pecans, but did not find them a significant improvement in taste – while significantly more expensive.
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 bunch scallions, white and green parts, finely chopped, here i used leftover fresh broccoli branches (flowerettes went elsewhere..)
  • 2 garlic cloves or a bit of spring garlic, minced
  • Freshly ground pepper
  1. Beat the eggs in a large bowl.
  2. Add the yogurt, rose water, and salt and pepper and beat well.
  3. Add the herbs and walnuts, stir together and let sit for 30 minutes, stirring every so often.
  4. Heat one tablespoon of the oil in an medium size nonstick skillet over medium heat and add the scallions.
  5. Cook, stirring, until tender, about 3 minutes.
  6. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant, 30 seconds to a minute.
  7. Remove from the heat and add to the eggs. Stir together.
  8. Add the remaining tablespoon of oil to the pan and swirl to coat evenly.
  9. Heat over medium-high heat until a drop of egg sizzles and sets within seconds of adding it to the pan.
  10. Stir the frittata mixture and add it to the pan, scraping in every last bit with a rubber spatula.
  11. 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.
  12. Once a few layers of egg have cooked during the first couple of minutes of cooking, turn the heat down to low, cover the pan and cook over low heat for a few minutes, shaking the pan gently every once in a while.
  13. From time to time remove the lid and loosen the bottom of the omelette with a wooden spatula, tilting the pan, so that the bottom doesn’t burn. It will however turn golden. The eggs should be just about set; cook a few minutes longer if they’re not.
  14. Meanwhile, heat the broiler.
  15. Uncover the pan and place under the broiler, not too close to the heat, for 1 to 3 minutes, watching very carefully to make sure the top doesn’t burn (at most, it should brown very slightly and puff under the broiler).
  16. 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.
  17. Loosen the edges with a wooden or plastic spatula.
  18. Carefully slide from the pan onto a large round platter.
  19. Cut into wedges and serve hot, warm, at room temperature.
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