Friday, 26 July 2013

Mushroom Frittata

A lovely evening snack on a cold and rainy evening, is the baked "Mushroom Frittata".
This is also a very healthy snack, since it mainly contains eggs & mushrooms which have amazing health benefits.
Eggs are known to be "Super health foods" as they contain high quality protein, right kind of fat and the one of the foods that contain naturally occuring vitamin D.
Mushrooms is the new "Super food" after Broccoli and Blueberries.
Mushrooms are nutritional powerhouses packed with vitamins, minerals and disease-fighting antioxidants.Frittatas are often served at room temperature, making them perfect for brunches or larger groups.
"Frittata" is actually an Italian style omelet.
In the strictest sense, the difference boils down to a matter of folding in a filling rather than mixing it in. 
Omelets traditionally have the egg mixture cooked and folded around a filling, while a frittata just mixes it all up, cooked in a mishmash combination all at once. 
Frittatas are either cooked in a cast iron skillet or baked in an oven.
Mushroom frittata is one of my favorite, and in addition to mushrooms I also add black olives, oregano, garlic and red chilly flakes.
I also serve them a bit differently, ie by cutting them into large cake like slices so that you can easily hold and bite into them.

Serves 3
Eggs - 8
Olive oil or any other oil of choice - 1 tsp
Mushrooms ( button mushrooms or any other )- 100 gms - cleaned & chopped
Spring onions - 1 - finely chopped
Black Olives (pickled ) - 10 - chopped
Garlic cloves - 4 - thinly sliced
Red chilly flakes - 1 or 2 tsp
Oregano ( Fresh or Dry ) - 1 tbsp
Coriander leaves/Mint leaves/Parsley - 1 tbsp ( as per availability) - chopped finely
Salt to taste
Butter to grease the baking tray
Parmesan cheese - as much as you like

Take a small pan, keep on low heat, add the olive oil and fry the mushrooms, spring onions and garlic for abt 5 minutes. Allow to cool lightly.
Now take a large bowl, break the eggs and beat well, now add in the mushrooms, garlic, red chilly flakes, oregano, salt, black olives and the herbs (coriander/mint/parsley).
Mix the egg mixture well so that the egg and the rest of the ingredients are well combined.
Pour into a greased baking tray.

Grate the cheese over the egg mixture.

Now bake in a pre heated oven at 200 degrees for 15-20 minutes till the eggs are cooked and the crust is golden.

Cut into desired shapes and serve.

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