Fridge-Raid Frittata

2:00 pm on 15 January 2020
Fridge-raid Frittata by Melissa Hemsley

Fridge-raid Frittata by Melissa Hemsley Photo: Supplied

The beauty of a frittata is that anything goes - really, it does! In this case, broccoli is the star, but let whatever is in your fridge take the lead. Always aim for some green as it's often the green veg that most of us could do with more of. Not only is a vegetable frittata an easy and delicious way to start your day, but in this case you eat the whole broccoli in all its glory - stems and stalks - and, even better, everything happens in the same pan.

Feeds 4, takes 20 mins

Ingredients

1 large head of broccoli, florets evenly chopped and stem finely chopped
1 small onion, thinly sliced
2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
2 tbsp butter
10 eggs
2 large handfuls of grated cheese (I use mature Cheddar of you could use crumbled feta or goat's cheese)
Sea salt and black pepper

Optional extras: 
A handful of chopped fresh basil, parsley, chives or celery leaves
Chilli flakes, to taste
2 handfuls or wild garlic, chopped (when in season)

Method

Grab a medium-sized , deep-sided frying pan and steam the broccoli for 3 minutes in about 4 tablespoons for water, lid on, until almost tender and just turned bright green. Drain any excess liquid (though the broccoli will probably absorb it all) and set the broccoli aside.

Pop the pan back on the heat and gently fry the red onion rings and garlic in the butter for a few minutes.

Meanwhile, whisk the eggs together in a bowl, add salt, pepper and the cheese, plus any of the herbs, chilli flakes or wild garlic, if using.

Preheat the grill to high. Add the broccoli back to the pan to coat in the garlic butter, then pour in the egg mix, stirring so that the broccoli and onions are distributed evenly. Let the bottom and sides cook and start to set over a medium heat for about 5 minutes.

Pop the frittata under the grill for a further five minutes until golden on top and just cooked through (give the pan a wobble to check), then slide it onto a chopping board or plate. Cool for 10 minutes and slice up into quarters.

 

Extracted from EAT GREEN by Melissa Hemsley, pubilshed by Ebury Press, Random House UK. Photography by Philippa Langley. 

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