Half the pleasure of a frittata is just saying it. Go ahead. Free-tah-tah. For molto fun, say it Italian-style: Stress the first syllable and roll the r. Fr-r-r-r-r-r-r-r-ee-tah-tah. Brava, bella. A cast-iron or carbon-steel pan is best here because it goes under the broiler, and high heat could damage nonstick skillets. Handy advice: If you set out to make an omelet but your pan won’t release the eggs and they stick to the bottom, just spread out the fillings, pop it under the broiler, and presto! Frittata. You can easily make this dish for 2 or 4 people using a larger pan and multiplying ingredients accordingly.
How to Make It
Preheat broiler to high, and set a rack 6 inches from the heat.
Break eggs into a small bowl. Use a fork to beat them like a back-talking bass drum until completely blended and slightly frothy. Stir in half the pepper and half the salt.
Heat olive oil in an 8-inch cast-iron skillet over medium-high. Add mushrooms to pan; sauté 4 minutes or until nicely browned. Stir in kale and remaining salt and pepper; sauté 30 seconds or until kale is just wilted. Add eggs; stir slowly and tilt the skillet a few times so runny parts hit the pan. After about 2 minutes, when the eggs are lightly browned on the bottom with a few shiny spots still on top, sprinkle with cheese.
Place pan under broiler; broil 1 minute or until cheese softens and golden-brown spots appear on egg. Slide frittata onto a plate.
Choose Your Own Pan
Do you like the low cost of nonstick pans? Are you ok with replacing them every now and then?
You need: Tramontina ProLine 8-inch fry pan. The commercial-grade surface is as durable and stick-proof as you're likely to find, at a price point that's hard to beat. At Costco, a two-pack set (8- and 10-inch) is $25.
Do you hate replacing pans? Are you serious enough about eggs to season a pan you can use for a lifetime?
You need: Mauviel M'Steel 8-inch round frying pan. The carbon steel needs seasoning and light upkeep, but gives you a durable, oven-safe nonstick pan. $40, mauvielusa.com