Mixed Herb Frittata (Kuku)

Mixed Herb Frittata

This unusual frittata has a lot of variations depending on the tradition of the household, the season or the ingredients on hand. I’ve created 2 recipes, one cooling for So-yang (lesser yang) and one for So-eum (lesser yin). Both are made with traditional Persian flavors except for the cranberries. However, in this dish the cranberries remind me a little of preserved lemons, which are very Middle Eastern.

Tae-yang can modify the so-yang recipe by omitting the yogurt and Tae-eum can modify the so-eum recipe by substituting an oil that isn’t liver-strengthening.

So-yang ingredients:

¾ cup frozen cranberries (sugar-free)
1 cup (4 oz.) chopped parsley
1 cup (4 oz.) chopped cilantro
1 cup (4 oz.) chopped celery
2/3 cup chopped Romaine lettuce
4 large eggs
2 tsp. Kosher salt
¼ cup olive oil
½ cup raw almonds, coarsely chopped
cow yogurt for serving (optional)

So-eum ingredients:

½ cup dried apricots
1 cup (4 oz.) chopped parsley
1 cup (4 oz.) chopped arugula
1 cup (4 oz.) chopped scallions
2/3 cup chopped Romaine lettuce
4 large eggs
1 tsp. black pepper
¼ cup olive oil
½ cup walnuts, coarsely chopped
goat yogurt for serving (optional)

Directions for both recipes when made separately:

In a small bowl, soak the dried fruit in cold water for 20 minutes or thaw the frozen fruit. Meanwhile, chop the herbs and the Romaine, combine the lettuce and herbs in a large bowl. In a medium bowl, combine the eggs, and salt or pepper. Whisk the eggs until frothy. Drain fruit.

Put 1/4 cup olive oil in an 11-inch skillet over medium heat, heat until shimmering. To chopped greens, add egg mixture, fruit and nuts. Stir well and pour into skillet. Cover and cook until set, about 10 minutes.

Uncover, reduce heat to low, and cook 30 minutes. Cut into 4 wedges, separating slightly so liquid can evaporate. Cook until underside is browned, about 10 minutes.

Turn wedges over. If necessary, drizzle some olive oil around pan edge and between wedges. Cook uncovered until compact and crisp, about 40 minutes. Serve hot or at room temperature with yogurt if desired.

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