Makes 4 servings
The Italians are fond of rapini, which is also known as "broccoli rabe." They cook it in a variety of ways, including frying, steaming, and braising. Here, it's steamed and then cooked with eggs in an open-faced omelet, where the sweet flavor of roasted red pepper offers a nice complement to the slightly bitter flavor of the greens.
5 cups coarsely chopped rapini leaves, stems removed and discarded
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup thinly sliced yellow onion
Dash of salt and pepper, or to taste
½ cup coarsely chopped jarred roasted red bell pepper, drained
¾ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, divided
Rinse the rapini in cold water. Transfer with the water still clinging to the leaves, to a medium saucepan. Cover and cook over medium heat for 3 minutes or until wilted.
Heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion; cook, stirring occasionally for 4 minutes or until tender.
Meanwhile, use a fork to lightly beat the eggs in a medium bowl. Stir in the bell pepper and ¼ cup of the Parmesan cheese, salt, and pepper.
Reduce the heat to medium. Add the steamed rapini and stir for 2 minutes, then spread evenly over the bottom of the pan. Slowly pour the egg mixture into the skillet over the onions and rapini. Cook undisturbed for 1minute or until the frittata begins to set around the edges. Using a spatula, gently lift the edges and tilt the skillet to let any uncooked egg run down under the bottom. Continue cooking for 3 minutes or until the eggs are almost set but still moist on top.
Reduce the heat to low. Sprinkle the top of the frittata with the remaining ½ cup Parmesan cheese. Cover and cook for 1 minute or until the cheese is melted and the bottom of the frittata is lightly browned.
Cut into 8 wedges for serving. Or, place a round platter over the frittata in the skillet. Holding tightly, invert the pan and plate together. Present the whole frittata on the platter and cut into wedges to serve.
Paulette Mitchell, a culinary instructor, television personality, spokesperson, freelance food writer, and the award-winning author of 13 cookbooks, is known internationally for her quick-to-prepare recipes with gourmet flair. Paulette's most recently published cookbook is "The Complete 15-Minute Gourmet: Creative Cuisine Made Fast and Fresh." She is also the author of "A Beautiful Bowl of Soup" and "The Spirited Vegetarian," which was voted "Best Book in the World on Cooking with Wine" at the 2005 Gourmand World Media Awards. Paulette says that international travel is her favorite source of culinary inspiration.