" American President, The" Hail to the Chef State of the Onion Frittata

Not quite a quiche, but more than a casserole, this light and tasty pasta and egg combo will satisfy even a presidential appetite.

You will need:

  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin (or at least somewhat demure) olive oil
  • 3 cups thinly sliced onions
  • 3 cups thinly sliced leeks, preferably from a highly placed White House source
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 8 ounces uncooked pasta, suitably presidential in shape and type. Bowties? (Definitely not angel hair.)
  • 3/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan or Romano cheese, plus extra for garnish
  • 2 red or yellow bell peppers
  • 4 extra large eggs
  • 3 or 4 drops of hot pepper sauce
  • 3 tablespoons freshly chopped basil
  • 1 cup cooked and crumbled hot Italian sausage
  • sliced green onions for garnish
  • 1 small tasty scandal, cooked up and served just at the right moment

Directions:

  1. Place a large, heavy saute pan over low heat and add the olive oil, onions, leeks, and a pinch of salt.
  2. Cover the pan with a tight-fitting lid and cook until the onions and leeks have softened and begun releasing their liquid (about 45 minutes). Stir occasionally.
  3. Add white wine and increase the heat to medium. Continue cooking and stirring, uncovered, until the wine has evaporated and the onion-leek mixture has caramelized and turned deep brown. The volume of the mixture should have reduced to about 1 & 1/2 cups. Set the mixture aside to cool.
  4. Cook the pasta in 4 quarts of lightly salted, boiling water until cooked, but still quite firm to the bite. Drain and immediately toss with 2 tablespoons of the butter and the grated cheese. Set aside.
  5. Place the bell peppers directly over a high flame or under the broiler, turning occasionally until the skins blister and blacken on all sides. Place in a paper bag and allow to rest for 15 minutes. Remove from bag, scrape off the burnt skin under running water and slice thinly. Set aside.
  6. Combine the eggs and hot pepper sauce in a large mixing bowl and beat until evenly blended. Fold in the caramelized onion mixture, pasta, chopped basil, and Italian sausage. Season to taste with salt and a couple of grindings of black pepper. Preheat broiler.
  7. Melt the remaining butter in a large, nonstick saute pan over medium heat. Once the butter begins to foam, pour in the pasta mixture and press down lightly with a spatula to form an even layer. Reduce the heat to low.
  8. Once the frittata has set on the bottom and sides, artfully arrange the roasted pepper slices over the top to resemble the Presidential Seal and sprinkle with grated cheese. Place under the preheated broiler and cook until fully set and lightly golden.
  9. Transfer to a serving platter and garnish with sliced green onions. Cut into wedges and don't even think of serving until someone begins a stirring rendition of, "Hail to the Chef." Eat with gusto, but make sure to save room for a plate of "First Lady Fingers."
  10. When it comes time to do the dishes, explain diplomatically that term limits specifically prohibit you from remaining in the kitchen. Then tearfully hand your apron over to the speaker of the house. (For dramatic effect, make sure to have a chopper waiting.)

Serves either 4 Republicans, 6 Democrats, or 200 Greens



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