Cast Iron

Kasha Varnishkes Frittata

October  2, 2011
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  • Serves 4-6
Author Notes

I went to bed on Wednesday night with a tupperware full of leftover kasha varnishkes in the fridge from Rosh Hashanah dinner #1. That night, I dreamed of a kasha varnishkes frittata. So I made it, and it served quite well at Rosh Hashanah dinner #2. —linzarella

What You'll Need
  • Kasha Varnishkes Frittata
  • 1 tablespoon butter or chicken fat
  • 1-2 cups leftover kasha varnishkes
  • 6 eggs
  • fresh thyme
  • a few spoon fulls cream or creme fraiche
  • salt & pepper, to taste
  • Kasha Varnishkes
  • 1/2 cup onions, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup cremini mushrooms, sliced
  • 2-3 tablespoons chicken fat, butter, or olive oil
  • 1/2 cup kasha
  • 1 cup bow tie pasta
  • salt & pepper, to taste
  1. Kasha Varnishkes Frittata
  2. Preheat the broiler. In a large, oven-proof, preferably cast iron skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Meanwhile, beat together the eggs, thyme, cream or creme fraiche, salt, and pepper until just combined.
  3. Add the leftover kasha varnishkes to the pan and toss to coat in the butter. Then add the egg mixture, and use a spatula to help it distribute evenly among the kasha varnishkes.
  4. Cook for five minutes or so, until it's starting to set along the edges. Finish under the broiler for a few minutes, until browned and crispy on top.
  1. Kasha Varnishkes
  2. Melt your fat of choice over medium heat. Add the onions, and cook until caramelized. Turn the heat to medium-high, add the mushrooms and a pinch of salt, and cook until the mushrooms are soft and silky. Add a splash of water if they need some help cooking.
  3. Bring a large pot of heavily salted water to boil for the pasta. In another saucepan, boil 1 cup of water, then add the kasha and a pinch of salt. Cover and simmer 15 minutes.
  4. Cook and drain the pasta. In a large bowl, combine the mushrooms, onions, pasta, and kasha, adding a little more fat, salt, and pepper.

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5 Reviews

Ascender October 5, 2011
In step 3 of Kasha Varnishkas, I think you meant "kasha" not "water."
linzarella October 5, 2011
you're right, thanks for pointing it out. fixed now.
Ascender October 5, 2011
I think you meant "kasha" not water in Step 3 for making kasha varnishkas...
sexyLAMBCHOPx October 4, 2011
Looks hearty, tasty and a great way to use leftovers from the holiday.
susan G. October 3, 2011
We've got fusion soul food here. Have to try this...