Saturday, February 11, 2012

Frittata Mama

My kids LOVE LOVE LOVE when I make a Frittata and it's one of the easiest things to throw together on a weeknight for dinner or a weekend morning from whatever you have handy if you follow my simple equation.... 

12 eggs whisked with 1 cup milk or half & half
2 tablespoons butter
1 onion diced
1 & 1/2 cup potato 
1 cup meat 
1 cup veggie 
1 & 1/2 cup broken bread 
1/3 cup cheese
kosher salt/pepper

Switching it up:  It's all about what you have in the fridge
Potato:  sometimes I use hash browns or homefries from a bag, sometimes fresh red potatoes diced, sliced new potatoes, broken up baked potatoes
Meat:  diced ham, diced sausage, crumbled bacon
Bread:  6 slices sandwich bread, 2 hoagie rolls, 1/3 loaf french bread, 1/2 package Hawaiian rolls [my personal favorite it I have]
Veggie: a tomato diced, asparagus chopped, diced mushrooms, a can of drained diced green chilis
Cheese:  Parmigiana/Romano shredded is my fav, but shredded anything would work.... Mozzarella, Mexican blend, cheddar, Monterrey, I've even used Ricotta, which ROCKS, but I rarely have in the fridge [if you use ricotta whisk it into the egg mixture before pouring].

So, you've picked your components....
Preheat oven to 350F
Get your big oven safe pot out on the stove to heat on medium-high.... I use my enameled dutch oven [shocking I know].  

Melt the butter in the pan, add onion and potatoes [tonight I had a bag of Schwans frozen hash browns that I used straight from the freezer] and saute until browned stirring frequently, approximately 10 minutes.  

Then add your meat and veggie.  For my "veggie" I used finely diced mushroom left over from PopPop's Aldi's excursion [they didn't even know it was there HA!].  For my meat, I used a diced Aidell's chicken & apple sausage which is really yummy and not so greasy, I used a whole package = 4 links. I've really used just about everything as a meat except chicken cause I have weird chicken/egg combo issues, it just seems wrong LOL.  Cook stirring for approximately 5 minutes.

Then stir in your bread until it is coated and looks well distributed.  I had some hoagie rolls on the verge of stale so I used them to get rid of them but my absolute favorite thing to use is the King's Hawaiian Bread from the deli section, it adds a hint of sweet and it just YUM.  I don't always have it hanging around though so use what you have...

Pat the mixture down gently so its fairly even looking then sprinkle your cheese across the top, salt and pepper and then pour your well whisked eggs/cream over that  trying to cover all of it.... I beat the egg mixture for a couple minutes in my Kitchen-aid to fluff... sometimes I Magic Bullet it or if I'm practicing good dish management I whisk the hell out of it by hand....

Don't stir.  Put it in the oven on middle rack uncovered for 45-60 minutes, until it is golden brown the middle is firm looking.  I serve with sliced apple or grapes.

Yum :)

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  1. Your frittata looks so soft and delicious! I love the filling options you listed too. Yum!

  2. I agree! Frittatas are quick and easy and a great way to use whatever you have in the fridge. No two are ever exactly alike! :)