Thursday, October 6, 2011

Roasted Poblano and Corn Frittata

Although many people think of eggs only as a quick and cheap meal, I delight in meals centered around eggs for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. And because I love eggs (and veggies and cheese) so much, frittatas make frequent appearances on my dinner table. In this frittata rich, farm-fresh eggs envelop a beautiful melange of smoky, spicy poblanos, sweet corn, and salty cheese. Poblanos, particularly when roasted, are my favorite peppers and I can think of few better companions for them than fresh corn or cheese. This dish is equally appropriate for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, and is still delicous the next day either on its own, or between a couple of pieces of bread as a sandwich.  Although most delicious during late summer when peppers and corn dominate the farmers' market, this is a bright spot in the dark days of winter when you're reminiscing about sun and warmth and craving bright flavors.

Roasted Poblano and Corn Frittata
serves 2

3 small to medium poblano peppers
Canola oil cooking spray
4 eggs
1/2 cup fresh corn or frozen corn, thawed
1 ounce queso fresco or feta cheese, crumbled
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1. Preheat broiler and coat poblanos evenly with cooking spray. Place poblanos on a cookie sheet lined with aluminum foil and broil, turning frequently until all sides of the poblano are blackened, about 6 to 10 minutes, although this can vary greatly depending on the strength of your broiler. (Alternatively, grill peppers on a charcoal or gas grill or gas burner). Remove peppers from the oven, transfer to a bowl, and place a towel over the bowl. Once the peppers have cooled enough to be handleable, remove the skins and cut into peppers into small squares.

2. Reduce oven to 450 degrees, with rack set in top third. In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, add 1/2 cup chopped poblanos, corn, and cheese and mix well, and season with salt and pepper. Preheat a medium cast-iron or nonstick ovenproof skillet over medium heat and spray with cooking spray. Add the egg mixture to the pan, using a spatula scrape the edges and bottom of the pan for the first few minutes of cooking to allow more raw egg to come in contact with the bottom and sides of the pan. Cook until the edges are set and but the center of the frittata is still runny, 4 to 8 minutes.

3. Transfer skillet to oven. Bake until frittata is set in the center, about 3 to 5 minutes. Using a rubber spatula, release frittata onto a cutting board; let rest 5 minutes. Cut into wedges, and serve.

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