At first glance this looks like a simple frittata. You're close. There are certainly eggs in this dish, but not nearly as many as you'd imagine. In fact, this recipe from Mollie Katzen's Get Cooking is a popover, which uses a quick batter that is blended up and then poured over sautéed mushrooms. After 25 minutes in the oven, it puffs up slightly in the middle, acquiring a texture that is light and airy, not eggy and dense. Meanwhile, the edges get golden brown and crunchy, which is never a bad combo.
With the eggs playing a slightly less important role, the mushrooms take the lead in flavor. Katzen recommends using two different varieties, white and shiitake mushrooms. The earthiness of the latter is especially apparent. Some nice woody herbs, thyme and rosemary, help round things out. Also, you should note that the recipe states that the eggs should be at room temperature, so that they will rise more during the baking process.
Adapted from Mollie Katzen's Get Cooking
- Yield:serves 4
- Active time: 25 minutes
- Total time:1 hour
- 2 tablespoons butter, divided
- 1/2 cup minced red onion (about 1/2 a medium onion)
- 1/2 pound white mushrooms, stems removed, chopped into 1/4-inch pieces (about 2 cups)
- 1/4 pound shiitake mushrooms, stems removed, chopped into 1/4-inch pieces (about 1 cup)
- 1 medium garlic clove, minced (about 1 teaspoon)
- 1 1/4 teaspoons table salt
- 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary
- 3 large eggs, at room temperature
- 1 cup milk
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Adjust the oven rack to the middle position and preheat the oven to 375°F. Add one tablespoon of the butter to a 10-inch stainless steel or cast-iron skillet set over medium heat. When butter has melted add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until translucent, about five minutes.
Add mushrooms, garlic, 3/4 teaspoon salt, thyme, and rosemary. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the liquid from mushrooms has evaporated and they start to brown, 10 to 15 minutes. Transfer the mushrooms and onions to a bowl.
Meanwhile, combine the eggs, milk, flour, remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, and black pepper in the jar of a blender. Blend for a few seconds until the mixture is smooth.
Clean the skillet and wipe dry with paper towels. Add the remaining tablespoon of butter and turn the heat to low. When butter has melted, swirl the pan so the butter coats the bottom and sides of the skillet. Turn off the heat. Add the mushrooms and spread into a single even layer. Pour in the batter. Transfer the skillet to the oven. Cook until the mixture has puffed up slightly and is starting to brown on top, 25 to 30 minutes.
Carefully remove pan from the oven, and cut into wedges. Serve warm or at room temperature.