Thursday, March 28, 2013

Potato Fritatta

Cat Cora’s Potato Fritatta
Servings: Serves 6–8

5 Tbsp. olive oil
1 tsp. kosher salt
1 large onion , finely chopped
3 large russet baking potatoes , about 1 1/2 pounds
1/2 tsp. dried Italian seasoning spice blend
6 large eggs
1/4 cup (about 5) thinly sliced scallions , plus more for garnish
1/8 to 1/4 tsp. freshly ground pepper

Pour 2 tablespoons of the olive oil into a 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium heat and add 1/2 teaspoon of the salt. Carefully add the chopped onion and cook until golden, stirring occasionally, about 20 minutes. Transfer the onions to a bowl and allow them to cool, but set the pan aside because you'll reuse it shortly.

While the onions are cooking, peel the potatoes and cut them into 1/2-inch cubes or half-moon-shaped slices. In a saucepan of boiling salted water, cook the potatoes until almost tender, about 8 minutes. Drain in a colander and allow them to cool there. When the potatoes have cooled, combine the onions and potatoes. The onion and potato mixture may be made 1 day ahead and chilled, covered.

In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, scallions, Italian seasoning spice blend, remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and the pepper. (I add a lot of black pepper to this omelet, but start with a little and see what you prefer.) Add the cooked onion and potato mixture and stir to combine.

In the same nonstick skillet used to sauté the onions, heat the remaining 3 tablespoons of oil over medium-high heat until hot but not smoking. Add the egg mixture, spreading the potatoes evenly across the pan. Reduce the heat to medium and gently stir eggs for about 1 minute or until the omelet begins to set. Shift the skillet so that 1/4 of the omelet is directly over the center of the burner and cook for 1 minute. Shift skillet 3 more times, cooking each skillet quarter for 1 minute. Reduce the heat to low, center the skillet over the burner and continue to cook the omelet until almost set, about 4 minutes.
Slide the omelet, bottom side down, onto a baking sheet or a large heatproof platter. Then invert the omelet back into skillet. Cook the other side of the omelet over low heat until golden, about 4 minutes. Slide the omelet onto a platter and allow to cool before serving. Garnish with chopped scallion if you like.

If made ahead and refrigerated, allow the omelet to come to room temperature before serving. This may be served warm or at room temperature

Williams & Sonoma Potato Fritatta

2 russet potatoes, 1 1/4 lb. total, scrubbed and cut into 1-inch dice
2 Tbs. olive oil
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
10 thick-cut bacon slices, cut into 3⁄4-inch dice
10 eggs
1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 cup plus 1 Tbs. minced fresh chives
1/2 cup sour cream

Preheat an oven to 400°F.

In a bowl, stir together the potatoes, 1 Tbs. of the olive oil, salt and pepper. Transfer to a baking sheet and bake, stirring occasionally, until the potatoes are golden brown and tender, about 30 minutes. Let cool for 30 minutes.
Increase the oven temperature to 500°F.

In the deep half of a frittata pan over medium-high heat, cook the bacon, stirring occasionally, until crisp, about 10 minutes. Transfer the bacon to a paper towel-lined plate to drain. Discard the fat in the pan. Finely chop 2 Tbs. of the bacon and reserve for garnish.
In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, salt, pepper, 1 cup of the cheese and the 1/4 cup chives.

In the deep half of the frittata pan over medium heat, warm 2 tsp. of the olive oil. Add the potatoes and diced bacon to the pan and pour in the egg mixture. Cook, using a rubber spatula to lift the cooked edges and allow the uncooked eggs to flow underneath, about 2 minutes, then cook for 4 to 6 minutes more.
Lightly brush the shallow half of the frittata pan with the remaining 1 tsp. olive oil and heat over medium heat. Place the shallow pan upside down on top of the deep pan and flip the frittata into the shallow pan. Cook, covered, until the eggs are set, about 6 minutes. Uncover the pan and sprinkle the frittata with the remaining 1/2 cup cheese. Transfer the pan to the oven and bake until the cheese is golden brown and bubbly, about 4 minutes.

Gently shake the pan to loosen the frittata and slide it onto a serving plate. Garnish with the reserved chopped bacon and the 1 Tbs. chives. Serve immediately with the sour cream. Serves 8.

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