I used to be able to bribe my husband to eat a frittata for dinner by serving it with roasted potatoes… unfortunately, that bribe has worn thin. A frittata topped with burrata was an easy sell! 🙂 This dish could be served for any meal of the day.
This recipe was adapted from The New York Times, contributed by David Tanis. The burrata brought it to the next level. Next time, I would make half of the pesto. We ate it with roasted potatoes and green salad. Nice.
Yield: 4 to 6 servings
- 1 pound (1 small bunch) medium asparagus, tough bottoms removed
- ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 cup basil leaves, plus a few small basil leaves for garnish
- 1 cup flat-leaf parsley leaves
- coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 8 large eggs, lightly beaten
- ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1-2 balls of fresh burrata, about 1/2 pound total, at room temperature
- Rinse asparagus, and pat dry. Cut into 1-inch pieces on the diagonal, or into julienne strips if preferred. Set aside.
- In blender or small food processor, purée olive oil, basil and parsley to make a thin pesto. Season with salt and pepper.
- Put a 10-inch cast-iron skillet or other nonstick omelet pan over medium-high heat. When hot, add butter and swirl to coat pan, then add asparagus. Season with salt and pepper and cook, stirring for about a minute without browning.
- Quickly pour in eggs and stir with a wooden spoon, as if making scrambled eggs. Tilt pan and lift mixture at the edges to allow any runny egg from the top to make its way to the bottom. After 3 or 4 minutes, the frittata should be mostly set. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
- Lay a lid over the skillet, and turn off the heat. Leave for a minute or so, until frittata is moist and just done. (Alternatively, place pan under a hot broiler for a minute or so.)
- Set whole burrata in the center of frittata. Drizzle with herb pesto. Pierce burrata with tip of a knife and spoon contents over frittata.
- Cut frittata into wedges and serve directly from pan, garnished with basil leaves.
I’m sharing my burrata frittata at Angie’s Fiesta Friday #227 this week, co-hosted by Lizet @Chipa by the Dozen and Jhuls @The Not so Creative Cook. Enjoy!
One Year Ago: Three Cheese Crepe Manicotti
Two Years Ago: Buckwheat Crepes with Asparagus, Gruyère & Prosciutto
Three Years Ago: Asparagus with Fava Beans & Toasted Almonds and Seared Scallop Bites
Four Years Ago: Gnocchi with Bacon & Tomatoes
Five Years Ago: Vidalia Onion Tart and Spicy Roasted Shrimp & Broccoli Rabe
Posted in Quiches & Tarts, Quick, Recipes, Vegetarian
Tags: asparagus, basil, brunch, burrata, cast iron skillet, cheese, dinner, eggs, Fiesta Friday, frittata, Italian, lunch, parmesan, Parmigiano Reggiano, parsley, pesto, quiche, vegetarian
A friend shared this wonderful recipe with me knowing that I go strawberry picking every June. I couldn’t wait for my fresh picked berries to make it though. 😉 It was such a crowd pleaser, I will have to make it again with my special berries! It’s a summertime version of French Apple Cake. We ate it for dessert but it would also be fabulous as a coffee cake.
This recipe was adapted from Foodtastic Mom, via The View from the Great Island. I used 3 large eggs instead of jumbo eggs and modified the baking time. The recipe suggests baking the cake in a springform pan or a cast iron skillet. Next time, I’ll have to try the skillet version. Amazing!
Yield: Serves 6 to 8
- 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp coarse salt
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar, divided
- 1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 3 large eggs
- 1/4 cup sour cream
- 1/4 cup buttermilk
- 14 ounces fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced
- Set oven to 350°F, preferably on convection.
- Lightly spray a 9 or 10 inch springform pan with cooking oil spray. (Alternatively, a 10-inch cast iron skillet can be used.)
- Whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt and set aside.
- Cream the soft butter with 1 cup of granulated sugar in a stand mixer for 3-4 minutes, until light and fluffy. Scrape down the side of the bowl a couple of times.
- Beat in the eggs, one at a time, and then beat in the vanilla.
- Stir the sour cream and buttermilk together, and then add the flour to the mixing bowl alternately with the wet, beginning and ending with the flour. Mix until combined, but be careful not to overmix.
- Fold in the berries and turn into the prepared pan. Smooth out the top. Sprinkle the surface of the cake liberally with the remaining 1/4 cup of granulated sugar.
- Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until the cake no longer jiggles in the center and the top is golden and slightly crackled. This cake is meant to be custardy in the center. The exact cooking time will depend on the pan size you use. You can insert a toothpick in the center to test. (I baked mine for 38 minutes in a 9-inch springform pan.)
- Let cool briefly, and then unlatch the spring and remove the outer ring. I like to run a spreading knife along the edge first to loosen any parts of the cake that are sticking to the pan. If using a skillet, serve the cake right out of the pan.
- Cool completely on a rack before slicing.
- This version uses half sour cream and half buttermilk, but you can use all sour cream, all buttermilk, half and half, full fat yogurt, or full fat milk for this cake.
- Other berries or fruit can be substituted for the strawberries.
Two Years Ago: Whole Grain Blueberry Muffins with Orange Streusel
Three Years Ago: Dori Sanders’ Blueberry Cornmeal Muffins
Four Years Ago: Alton Brown’s Berry Muffins
Five Years Ago: Whole Wheat Raspberry Ricotta Scones
Posted in Baking, Cake, Coffee Cake, Fruit Desserts, Good Sweets, Good Eats (Desserts), Recipes
Tags: blueberries, breakfast, buttermilk, cake, cast iron skillet, coffee cake, dessert, French, peaches, skillet, sour cream, strawberries
After gobbling up a double batch of chips and guacamole followed by Sam Sifton’s Middle School Tacos, we ate this flan as our celebratory Cinco de Mayo dessert this year.
A while ago, my son read a book that mentioned flan and he really wanted to make it. We actually made it together at that time. 🙂 It really is quite simple to prepare, and he felt like he had achieved a great accomplishment when it came out well. He’s been asking to have it again ever since!
I think that it is particularly delicious served with strawberries. This recipe is a blend of multiple flan recipes- including one from my grandmother.
Yield: One 8-inch flan
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup water
- 5 large eggs
- 1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk (low fat can be substituted)
- 1 12-ounce can evaporated milk
- 1 T pure vanilla extract
- pinch of coarse salt
- strawberries, for serving, optional
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees, preferably on convection.
- Combine the sugar and water in a saucepan; bring to a simmer and stir until sugar is dissolved.
- Increase the heat to medium-high and cook, without stirring, occasionally swirling, until amber, about 5 to 7 minutes.
- Pour into a 1 1/2 to 2 qt (8-in) ceramic baking dish or 8-in cake pan, tilting to cover the bottom surface and halfway up the sides of the dish.
- Place the prepared dish on a dish towel or a silicone pot holder (to prevent it from shifting) inside a roasting pan. (I used an enameled cast iron lasagna pan.)
- Place the eggs, condensed milk, evaporated milk, vanilla, and salt in a Vitamix. Blend for 20 seconds. (Alternatively, mixture can be whisked in a bowl until combined.)
- Pour through a fine strainer into the prepared pan.
- Slide the oven rack out and place the roasting pan on the hot rack.
- Fill the outside of the pan with HOT water halfway up the sides of the flan dish.
- Bake for 60-70+ minutes, or until the center is wobbly.
- Remove from the oven; let cool to room temperature.
- Remove flan from the water bath. Cool and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, preferably overnight.
- Dip the bottom of the dish in warm water, then invert onto a rimmed platter. Serve.
One Year Ago: Cheesy Enchilada Skillet
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Posted in Baking, Good Sweets, Good Eats (Desserts), Holiday, Quick, Recipes
Tags: caramel, cinco de mayo, condensed milk, creme caramel, custard, dessert, evaporated milk, fast, flan, Mexican, quick, Spanish, vanilla, Vitamix
I am such a sauce person! This roasted tomatillo and garlic sauce was absolutely incredible. The acorn squash is roasted on the sheet pan with the chicken and sauce ingredients, absorbing all of the flavors too. It would be a wonderful dish to serve as part of a Cinco de Mayo celebration. In fact, I might make it again on Cinco de Mayo! 🙂
This recipe was adapted from Bon Appetit, contributed by Claire Saffitz. I used boneless, skinless thighs instead of bone-in, and adjusted the method and roasting times accordingly.
I’m bringing this delicious dish to share at Angie’s Fiesta Friday #221 this week, hosted by Jenny @ Dragonfly Home Recipes. Enjoy!
One Year Ago: Roasted Chicken Thighs over Herbed Pea & Spinach Puree
Two Years Ago: North African Meatballs
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Posted in Chicken (Poultry), Recipes, Sauces
Tags: acorn squash, adobo, boneless skinless chicken thighs, chicken, chipotle, cilantro, cinco de mayo, cumin, dinner, Fiesta Friday, jalapeño, limes, Mexican, roasted, salsa, salsa verde, sauce, scallions, sheet pan, tomatillos, verde, Vitamix
I love springtime pasta dishes loaded with vegetables. This version was creamy, rich, and absolutely delicious. Chopping the asparagus so that it could be completely incorporated throughout the pasta was genius.
This recipe was adapted from Ruth Rogers of River Café London: Thirty Years of Recipes and the Story of a Much-Loved Restaurant cookbook, via Food 52. I modified the proportions to use one pound of pasta. I also left the asparagus tips intact. Amazing!
Yield: Serves 6 to 8
- 2 1/4 pounds thin asparagus spears
- 6 garlic cloves, peeled
- 6 tablespoons chopped mixed fresh herbs (basil, mint, parsley, oregano)
- 3/4 cup (12 tablespoons) heavy cream
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
- coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- 14 to 16 ounces taglierini, tagliatelle, or pappardelle pasta
- 5 to 6 ounces Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, freshly grated
- Trim or snap off the tough ends from the asparagus spears. Cut into 1-inch pieces; reserve tips in a separate bowl.
- Finely chop the 1-inch pieces of asparagus all together with 2 of the garlic cloves and the herbs in a food processor. (I chopped the garlic and herbs first and then added the asparagus.)
- Bring the cream to a boil in a saucepan with the remaining 4 whole garlic cloves and simmer until the cloves are soft. Remove from the heat; discard the garlic.
- Heat the olive oil and butter in a separate large pan and sauté half of the chopped asparagus for 5 minutes, stirring. (I used a 14-inch skillet.)
- Add the rest of the chopped asparagus-herb mixture and the reserved asparagus tips, followed by the flavored cream. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer until the cream begins to thicken, about 6 minutes. Season to taste. Remove from the heat and keep warm.
- Cook the pasta in a generous amount of boiling salted water, then drain thoroughly.
- Add to the sauce along with about half of the Parmesan and toss together.
- Serve with the remaining Parmesan.
Two Years Ago: Linguine with Asparagus & Egg
Three Years Ago: Rigatoni with Lemon-Chile Pesto & Grated Egg
Four Years Ago: Ricotta Gnocchi with Asparagus, Peas, & Mushrooms
Five Years Ago: Baked Shells with Cauliflower & Taleggio
Posted in Pasta, Recipes, Vegetarian
Tags: asparagus, basil, cream, dinner, herbs, mint, oregano, pappardelle, parmesan, Parmigiano Reggiano, parsley, pasta, River Cafe, spring, tagliatelle, vegetarian
My food blog friend Sally @Bewitching Kitchen inspired me to make this lighter version of classic eggplant parmigiana. The eggplant is breaded but oven-baked instead of fried. It was quite delicious. 🙂
I served the cheesy eggplant over pasta with sauce, per my husband’s request, but it really wasn’t necessary. We ate it with spicy and garlicky sautéed broccoli rabe and roasted asparagus on the side. I used my new favorite jarred sauce, Trader Joe’s Italian Marinara Sauce with Barolo Wine, as a shortcut. This recipe was adapted from The Kitchen, contributed by Jeff Mauro, via Bewitching Kitchen.com. Great!
Yield: Serves 4 to 6
- 1 medium to large eggplant
- 2 eggs, beaten with a teaspoon of water
- coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1/2 cup Panko breadcrumbs
- 1/4 cup grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 24 ounces jarred tomato sauce (I used Trader Joe’s Marinara Sauce with Barolo Wine)
- slices of fresh mozzarella cheese (about 1 pound)
- 1/2 pound of prepared pasta, for serving, as desired (I used Capunti pasta)
- Heat a rimmed baking sheet – empty – in a very hot oven, 450 F to 500 F, preferably on convection.
- While the baking sheet is heating, peel the eggplant, cut crosswise in 1/2 inch slices. Place on a wire rack over a rimmed baking sheet. Set aside.
- Put the eggs, water, salt and pepper in a small bowl and whisk to combine.
- Mix the breadcrumbs and Parmigiano Reggiano cheese in another bowl next to it.
- Dip each eggplant slice into the egg wash, but allow just one side to get wet with the mixture.
- Next, dip it in the breadcrumb mixture, pressing to coat, and carefully place on a rack with the crumb side up.
- Make sure you have the tomato sauce warmed up and ready to go, and the cheese slices also nearby.
- Remove the hot baking sheet from the oven and drizzle the olive oil to coat the hot surface.
- Working quickly, add the eggplant slices with the crumb-coated side down. It will stick to the oil and start to get pretty hot right away.
- Add the tomato sauce on top, cover with cheese, and place in the oven, reducing the temperature to 375 F, preferably on convection.
- Cook for 20 to 25+ minutes. When the cheese is starting to get golden brown at the edges, the eggplant will be done. (Additional sauce can be added on top of the cheese halfway through the cooking process, if desired.)
- Serve immediately with your favorite side dish.
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Posted in About thebrookcook, Recipes, Vegetarian
Tags: baked, cheese, dinner, eggplant, eggplant parm, eggplant parmesan, fresh mozzarella, Italian, light, marinara, mozzarella, oven baked, panko, parmesan, Parmigiano Reggiano, sheet pan, vegetarian