Mint Frittata (Frittata di Menta)
- SERVINGS: 4-8
The mint used in Apulia is wild mentuccia; it's similar to pennyroyal and has a subtler, less aggressive flavor then the kind of mint we usually grow in our gardens or find in our shops. If you can find fresh pennyroyal, by all means use it here, though you may wish to increase the amount called for. The goal is to produce a frittata that's gently infused with the aroma of mint—not overwhelmed by it.
- 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 small onion, finely chopped
- 1 cup loosely packed fresh mint leaves
- 8 large eggs, lightly beaten
- 3 tablespoons freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
- Salt and freshly ground pepper
- Preheat the broiler and adjust a rack so that the top of the skillet will be about 6 inches from the heat. In a 10- to 12-inch ovenproof skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil. Add the onion and cook over moderately low heat until softened but not browned, 6 to 8 minutes. Scrape the onion into a small bowl, add the mint and let cool completely.
- In a medium bowl, combine the eggs, cheese and the cooled onion-mint mixture. Season with salt and pepper.
- Return the skillet to moderately high heat and add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil. Swirl the pan to coat the bottom and sides with the oil. Add the beaten eggs and cook, occasionally lifting the set sides to allow the uncooked eggs to seep underneath, until the bottom is golden and set, 5 to 7 minutes.
- Place the frittata under the broiler for about 30 seconds to cook and brown the top. Cut into wedges or small squares and serve hot, warm or at room temperature.