A frittata is a classic Italian egg dish that is like a thick omelet. Adding artichokes and mushrooms deepens the flavor and the nutritional value. You can make an artichoke and mushroom frittata in a few steps.
Prepare the Artichokes and Mushrooms
The first step is to prepare the artichokes and mushrooms. Around eight fresh baby artichokes that have been trimmed and halved are the best option. Canned artichoke hearts can also be used although they require less cooking time and need to be drained thoroughly and then halved. Crimini mushrooms are the most flavorful option for this dish. The mushrooms should be sliced thinly.
Cook the Artichokes
If fresh artichokes are being used, then they need to be added to the pan with a layer of water in the bottom. The artichokes should be cooked for around ten minutes with a lid over the pan. You can add a few cloves of garlic for extra flavor as well. The lid should be removed after ten minutes. The artichokes are then allowed to cook until all the rest of the water has boiled away. For canned artichokes, they simply need to be heated through.
Cook the Mushrooms
The artichokes can be removed from the pan and dried on a towel. A tablespoon of olive oil can then be added along with the sliced mushrooms. The mushrooms need to cook for fix to six minutes until they have released any excess water. The mushrooms will reduce in volume and could start to brown on the outside. This is fine since it builds flavor.
Mix the Eggs and Cheese
Six large eggs should be mixed together in a bowl. It is important to whisk the eggs thoroughly in order to get a consistent color and texture. You can incorporate around two tablespoons of a good cheddar cheese to add some extra flavor and to help hold the frittata together. You can add salt and pepper at this point to taste although you could also wait until the end if sodium is an issue for some guests.
Add the Egg Mixture to the Pan
The artichokes should be added back to the pan with the mushrooms. A splash of more olive oil might be necessary at this point. The pan should have a heavy bottom and a lid available. The egg mixture should be poured into the pan on top of the mushrooms and artichokes. You can slide the pan around or give it a brief stir with a spatula to make sure the vegetables are distributed well. The pan should then be covered and left on medium heat for around five minutes. You can consider playing a game of Clash Royale while waiting! The game only takes three minutes!
Finish the Frittata in the Broiler
Once the eggs have started to set then it is time to remove the lid and move the pan to the broiler to finish. The eggs should not be fully set in the center since they will continue to cook. Another two to four tablespoons of cheddar cheese can be sprinkled on top. The frittata should be placed under the broiler for around one minute until the center of the eggs sets complete. The frittata is now ready to cut and serve.