Monday, August 1, 2011

Zucchini Overload!

This weekend, I finally found a way to use all the squash and zucchini we've been getting from our CSA. I sauté some onion and garlic, then thin slices of the aforementioned bounty, and bind it all together in a simple, delicious egg wrapper. It's amazingly good, especially when you've got some fresh corn and squash blossoms to round it all out. Most importantly, you'll avoid the bane of all summer cooks: soggy, waterlogged zucchini. This Frittata is both crisp and creamy, and the addition of corn gives it a sweet pudding-like aftertaste.

Olive oil for sautéing
1 small onion, thinly sliced
2 cloves garlic, smashed
4-6 medium sized squash and zucchini, sliced into 1/8" rounds
2 ears corn
12 squash blossoms
7 large eggs
1/8 cup milk
Freshly grated parmesan or grana padano
Salt and pepper

1) Sauté garlic and onion in olive oil over medium heat in a large pan or small wok until it starts to brown slightly, about 10 mins. I add a little salt at each step, which vastly improves the flavor.

2) Add squash and/or zucchini. Sauté for another 5 minutes, until it just begins to brown. Remove garlic cloves.

3) Add corn and sauté for another few minutes.

4) Beat eggs and milk in a large bowl. Add salt and pepper. Add vegetable mixture and fold in gently.

5) Sauté squash blossoms briefly in pan to reduce moisture. Add to egg mixture, reserving 4-5 to top Frittata.

6) Add a little olive oil to pan and return to heat. Add egg mixture, flattening into a pancake shape. Add reserved blossoms to top of eggs, then cover with a thin layer of parmesan.

7) Preheat broiler.

8) Cook on medium heat until the edges solidify. Slide a thin, flexible spatula around the bottom of the Frittata to release from the pan (it should come off quite easily).

9) Transfer to the broiler and cook until golden brown and bubbly on top. Allow to cool in pan for several minutes. In the meantime, I usually prepare a quick salad with a lemon dressing.

10) Enjoy. This makes a really big Frittata, so there will leftovers if you have fewer than 3 people eating with you.