Sautéed Cauliflower Frittata With Thyme

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“F&W Magazine/Newsletter, From: Nancy Silverton Does The Twist, originally published in Juky 2005. Recipe by Nancy Silverton - she often prepares this tender frittata for her antipasti table at La Terza in Los Angeles. This version includes sautéed cauliflower topped with homemade bread crumbs for a lovely bit of crunch! Silverton's trick for making a small amount of bread crumbs is to toast a slice of sourdough bread, rub it with a garlic clove and grind it in a mortar. We served this for brunch one sunday and we were amazed at how many people enjoyed it - considering they don't eat vegetables in Cuba or here in Miami. LOL!!!! These can be kept at room temperature for up to 2 hours :)”

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  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F
  2. In a 10-inch, nonstick, oven-proof skillet, melt 1 tablespoon of the butter in the olive oil with a pinch of frushed red pepper flakes.
  3. Add the cauliflower florets, season with sea salt and cook over high heat, without stirring, until golden brown on the bottom, about 2 minutes.
  4. Toss the cauliflower florets in the pan and cook until golden brown all over and just-tender, about 3 minutes longer.
  5. Add the sliced onion and 1 tablespoon of the butter and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is softened, about 3 minutes.
  6. Reduce the heat to moderate, add the garlic and cook until it is softened, about 1 minute longer.
  7. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon of butter and swirl the pan to melt it.
  8. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, whisk the eggs with 3/4 teaspoon of sea salt.
  9. Pour the eggs over the cauliflower and cook, without stirring, until the bottom of the frittata is just set, about 2 minutes.
  10. Lift the edges of the frittata and tilt the pan to allow the uncooked egg mixture to seep underneath.
  11. Continue cooking the frittata until the bottom is golden and the top is just slightly runny, about 3 minutes.
  12. Sprinkle the bread crumbs and thyme over the frittata and bake until it is just set, about 3 minutes longer.
  13. Sprinkle the frittata with freshly grated Parmesan cheese and slide it onto a work surface or platter.
  14. Cut the frittata into wedges and serve warm or at room temperature with truffle salt and balsamic vinegar.

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