Yotam Ottolenghi’s courgette and ciabatta frittata

This courgette and ciabatta frittata is a regular feature at home on the weekend, when my husband Karl and I are feeding friends. We tend to serve it with a mixed herb and leaf salad dressed with lemon juice and olive oil and a few chunks of feta crumbled over.

The frittata manages to be light, fluffy and comforting in a way that you can only get when you soak bread with milk and cream. Don’t waste the ciabatta crusts: they can be blitzed into fresh breadcrumbs and freeze well. This can be baked about 4 hours in advance and then warmed through for 5 minutes before serving. Ideally it should be eaten on the day it is baked, but it will keep in the fridge for 1 day; just warm through for 10 minutes.

courgette and ciabatta frittata
Jonathan Lovekin


500g ciabatta, crusts removed, roughly torn (250g prepped weight)
200ml whole milk
200ml double cream
2 large garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
6 large eggs, lightly beaten
¾ tsp ground cumin
80g Parmesan, finely grated
2 medium courgettes, coarsely grated (430g prepped weight)
25g basil leaves, torn
2 tbsp olive oil
salt and black pepper

1. Preheat the oven to 180C fan (200C/gas 6).
2. Put the ciabatta, milk and cream into a medium bowl and mix well. Cover and set aside for 30 minutes, for the bread to absorb most of the liquid.
3. Put the garlic, eggs, cumin and 50g of Parmesan into a separate large bowl with ¾ teaspoon of salt and ¼ teaspoon of pepper. Mix well, then add the bread and any remaining liquid, followed by the courgettes and basil. Stir gently.
4. Place a 20cm x 25cm baking dish in the oven for 5 minutes, until hot. Remove from the oven, brush with the oil, and pour in the courgette mix. Even out the top, and bake for 20 minutes. Sprinkle the last of the Parmesan evenly on top of the frittata, then bake for another 20-25 minutes, until the frittata is cooked through – a knife inserted in the centre should come out clean – and the top is golden-brown. Set aside for 5 minutes, then serve.

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