Simone at Briciole is once again hosting our Novel Food event.
You can see All of my Novel Food Posts since 2007. . . that's a lot of reading (and a lot of eating). I love the idea of posting a recipe from a novel that you have recently read.
I am posting another recipe from my newest favorite Novel 'Beyond the Pasta' by Mark Leslie.
This book is a fun read... especially if you are at all interested in travel, food, or Italy.
That describes me pretty well!
The truth is . . . It was the last minute and I hadn't come up with anything for Novel Food. My copy of Beyond the Pasta was sitting right next to my knitting basket, where I can thumb through my favorite parts of the book. Page 17. Day One of Mark's trip to Italy. He is talking about his arrival to Italy and welcome into the family. This is the primi from Nonna's kitchen.
Frittata con Zucchine e Cipolla
Zucchini and Onion Frittata
2 Tbs olive oil
1 medioum onion minced
1 clove garlic, minced
3/4 cup water (divided)
3 medium zucchini
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
6 eggs beaten
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmigiano
Heat the oil in a nonstick skillet. When the oil is hot, add the onion and garlic, cook for one minute. Add 1/2 cup of water and cook for 2-3 mintues until the water has evaporated. Add another 1/4 cup water and cook another 2-3 mintues. Stir in the zucchini rounds, salt pepper and the remaining 1/4 cup water. Lower the heat, cover and simmer. Stir occasionally until the zucchini is soft.
Meanwhile, beat the eggs and stir in the Parmigiano. We the zucchinii s soft, remove the cover and cook until the moisture has evaporated. Stir in the beaten eggs, making sure the veggies are evenly distributed. Cook until the frittata starts to set. With a spatula loosen the edges of the frittata and with a quick shake, flip the frittata. Cook the bottom side for another 2-3 mintues.
As Mark says... if flipping the frittata seems daunting, place a dinner plate over the frittata and turn the pan over, inverting the frittata on to the plate. Slide the frittata back into the pan and finish cooking.
Or . . . you can do it the way I do and finish the top under the broiler. I guess I need to spend some time in Nonna's Kitchen to be brave enough to flip a frittata!
Gail and I are in the process of planning our next great escape . . . maybe I should take it 'Beyond the Pasta'.