Prep 20 mins
Cook 1 hr
Inspired by Anna Pump. Ina Garten made this the other afternoon and she had me drooling. When we made it, we made it w/out basil (personal preference) and subbed with parsley. It was wonderful! Update - 06/28/09: Have been meaning to add this for quite some time - since I am not a basil lover I have been experimenting because I felt it needed something too! I added 5 oz of cottage cheese and 12 oz of ricotta, & added crushed red pepper flakes, to taste and it made it very good indeed! I imagine when you use the fresh basil with its wonderful aroma & taste - you may not need to make this slight change. Also, tried using less yolks & increased the amount of whites but that was for a certain somebody & have only done it once! ;) I don't like taking a recipe apart but I still maintain that a lot of these changes we are forced to make - circumstances are different for everyone. I have also made this with Sharp Cheddar - delicious!
- 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
- 2 cups peeled and 1/2-inch diced boling potatoes (about 4 potatoes)
- 8 extra-large eggs
- 15 ounces ricotta cheese (or 7.5 oz of each kind, ricotta & cottage cheese) or 15 ounces cottage cheese (or 7.5 oz of each kind, ricotta & cottage cheese)
- 3⁄4 lb grated gruyere cheese (to make it more cost efficient, 37.5 oz gruyere & 37.5 oz Swiss cheese)
- 1⁄2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1⁄2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
- 3⁄4 cup chopped fresh basil leaves or 3⁄4 cup chopped fresh dill or 3⁄4 cup chopped flat leaf parsley
- 1⁄3 cup flour
- 3⁄4 teaspoon baking powder
- Heat oven to 350ºF.
- Melt 3 tablespoons butter in a 10" ovenproof omelet pan over medium-low heat.
- Add the potatoes and fry them until cooked through, turning often, about 10-15 minutes.
- Melt the remaining 5 tablespoons of butter in a small dish in the microwave.
- Meanwhile, whisk the eggs, then stir in the ricotta, Guyere, melted butter, salt, pepper and basil.
- Sprinkle on the flour and baking powder and stir into the egg mixture.
- Pour the egg mixture over the potatoes and place the pan in the center of oven.
- Bake the frittata until it is browned and puffed, 50-60 minutes.
- It will be rounded and firm in the middle and knife inserted in the center should come out clean.
- Serve hot.
Was going to post this recipe but it's already here. Saw a tape of this show and immediately wanted to taste this delicious frittata. Made almost as is: less butter and salt (not needed) and used mozzarella/cheddar mix in place of gruyere because that's what I had. This is a delicious frittata and the basil made it so fragrant, you are drooling as it cooks. The only thing I found as opposed to other frittatas, this one is not good cold, just MHO. Thanks for sharing! I would also like to add that although I thought it wasn't good cold, it does reheat nicely for lunch the next day.
I made half a recipe but it was missing something maybe spice. Maybe add more S & P and possibly red pepper flakes and garlic. Mine was over done at 45 min. so will cook less next time.
I used sour cream instead of ricotta and cheddar instead of gruyere because that's what I had in the refrig. Otherwise I followed the recipe. I really liked it but DH said something was missing. He still gave it 4 stars and made sure it was in the brunch recipe rotation. Next time I'll make it with the gruyere cheese. that's probably what is missing.