Frittatas are the Italian answer to an Omelette or crustless quiche. However the cooking of a frittata is unique, it is both cooked on the stove and in the oven. The second step is critical for a great frittata as broiling the eggs in the oven puffs up the eggs and makes them soft and fluffy. Cheese is usually always added for creaminess and the toppings can vary from any vegetable to meat and even pasta. I love frittatas because of their elegance and multitude of flavours, and my guests are always delighted when a fresh frittata appears, usually as an appetizer.
I was honoured when Monisha and Sibi dropped in and filled my refrigerator up with loads of excellent cheese from the Moonrocket Cheese company in Calicut. They are a small biodynamic company that makes small-batch cheeses from happy, grass-fed cows that are tended for in small villages. the quality of the cheese showcases the freshness of the high-quality milk. The ricotta cheese, plain and spring onion, were excellent, creamy micro granules on the palate with perfectly balanced flavours. these are cheeses I will buy regularly, both for their excellence and the ethos of the farming practices.
The brioche is from my friend at Loafer & Co. a boutique bakery that produces limited loaves of outstanding quality. the perfectly soft and buttery brioche was perfect with the light frittata, this was a dish that was excellent.
This frittata is delicate and lovely. the soft ricotta cheese adds a luxurious creaminess to the eggs. The flavours are simple and depend on great-quality cheese. Although I have used plain ricotta in this recipe, you can substitute a flavoured ricotta cheese too. I am finding in India, and Insta, that dishes that are meant to be delicate are over loaded with ingredients like mayo, cheese and masala. The essence of this dish is its delicate nature, the perfect balance of ingredients to create great flavours.
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For the frittata:
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon white pepper
3 tablespoons plain or flavoured ricotta cheese + addition to dot the frittata
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 teaspoon fresh or dried marjoram
2 tablespoons olive oil or butter
For the sandwich:
2 slices brioche or other white bread, or focaccia
A touch of butter or mayonnaise
Mix all the ingredients for the frittata except the oil till the ricotta has been mixed into the eggs and the slurry is smooth. It is best to use an egg beater for this step.
Heat the oven on broil mode with the rack at the highest rung.
Heat the oil in a small frying pan and pour in the egg mix. Cook on low heat dotting the egg mix with small 1/2 teaspoon balls of additional ricotta. Cook till the eggs are set completely on top, about 4-5 minutes.
Slide the frying pan into the oven and broil for 3-4 minutes, rotating the pan every minute to cook the eggs evenly. Remove when the eggs are well browned on top.
Toast the brioche slices if desired. Apply a thin layer of butter or mayo. Add the frittata on top of the eggs, it will overhang the bread slices and that is fine. Cover with the additional slice if desired and serve immediately.