Monday, November 22, 2010

Frittata Time

Happy almost-Thanksgiving!  It is hard to believe we have reached the busiest time of year. So, I thought it would be appropriate to post a great meal idea for any time of day that is perfect for one or for many:  The Frittata.

A frittata to me means "open-faced omelette".  I am not sure if this is what it is really supposed to be, but that's how I think of it.  I have had frittatas with leftover spaghetti, chick peas, potatoes, all sorts of veggies and cheeses (not necessarily all together).  It is a great dish to make in a pinch when trying to get rid of leftovers in the fridge.  It is also the perfect weeknight meal because it is so easy to make and requires little time.  The best part about the frittata is it can be made with so many different ingredient options for 1 person or a crowd; a perfect brunch option if you have visitors this holiday season. 

Here's how it's done: Basic Frittata
1. Chop up any veggies (and/or meat) you plan to add. 
2. Place appropriate sized pan (I use a 10 inch for 2 people) on burner and melt butter under medium heat.  Add veggies/meat to (oven safe) pan and saute a few minutes until softened.
3. In a bowl, whisk together eggs (2 per person) and some milk.  When veggies are softened, add egg mixture to pan.  Generously sprinkle with salt and pepper. 
4. Cook over low-medium heat until eggs are almost cooked through. 
5. Turn on broiler.  Top egg with shredded or sliced cheese.
6. Place frittata under broiler until cheese is melted and gets crusty on top.  Take out and cut into servings.  

The frittata pictured was asparagus, crab and brie.  A very tasty combo!

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