Monday, June 04, 2007

Sort of a frittata -Not quite a quiche

It's something in between...

My inspiration for this dish came from a Chicken and Orzo Frittata by Giada DeLaurentiis. Even though Giada calls it a frittata, it really isn't (technically). The traditional way to cook a frittata is in saute pan. Traditionally, the egg mixture is poured into the saute pan and cooked until set on the bottom and then it is flipped onto a plate and transferred back into the pan.

The easier way, however, is to cook the bottom of the frittata in the saute pan and then cook the top under the broiler. Which is what I usually do. This recipe is cooked more like a quiche, where the egg mixture is poured into a pie plate or baking dish and baked in the oven. Unlike a quiche, though, there is no crust. It is pretty easy to make, especially if you have leftover veggies, pasta, chicken, etc. in the fridge.

I stuck with just veggies for this one, but you could add almost anything you like.

Vegetable Friche (sort of a frittata, not quite a quiche)
6 eggs
1/3 cup low fat cream cheese
1/8 cup greek yogurt
2 cups leftover roasted veggies (I had mushrooms, olives, artichokes, green beans, broccoli, carrots and cauliflower)
1/4 cup chopped Italian flat-leaf parsley
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

In a large bowl combine the eggs, cream cheese and yogurt. Stir until the eggs are beaten and the ingredients are combined. Add the veggies, parsley, salt, and pepper. Stir to combine.

Pour the mixture into a 1 1/2-quart baking dish or a large pie plate. Bake for 25 minutes. Turn on the broiler. Place the pan under the broiler until golden on top, about 5 minutes. Remove from the oven and let set for 5 minutes. Cut into wedges and serve with a side salad.


Emma said...

That looks divine! Is it difficult to make? By the way, I love that you post pictures with your recipes - it entices me to make them even more!

Annie said...

Hi Emma, It is actually one of the easiest things to make! Whenever I don't have a lot of time and have leftovers, I make a frittata or in this case a "friche".
I'm glad you enjoy the photographs-I enjoy taking them and I hope you do try making it.