If you are tired of scrambled eggs, and want to take things up a notch in the breakfast arena, try a frittata. A frittata is an easy, easy, egg dish that is baked in an oven proof skillet and is like a big open faced omelet. This is a great breakfast to entertain with. While the frittata is baking in the oven, you have some time to focus on another element of breakfast, setting the table, enjoying your coffee or in my case, cleaning up the huge mess you just made so that guests might think you are somewhat of a civilized cook. It’s a win, win for everyone. Here is an example of a basic frittata. Very few ingredients, and easy preparation leads to a yummy breakfast. This is a scaled down recipe that feeds 3 to 4 people.
First, you will need:
1/2 cup milk
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 cup onion chopped
salt and pepper, to taste
herbs/scallions to top frittata, if desired
Beat eggs in a large bowl with milk, hot sauce, salt and pepper. Set aside. Sauté chopped onions in an oven proof skillet, over medium high heat until soft. Pour egg mixture into pan and lightly stir to combine. Allow to cook for about 1 minute or until edges have begun to set.
Place pan in oven and bake for about 15 minutes or until firm. Oven times may vary. Top with herbs and scallions. Allow pan to cool slightly and slide frittata onto serving platter and cut into six slices. Warning: pan handle will be super hot! I know it is common sense, but once the pan is out of the oven, it is easy to forget that the handle is screaming hot. I put a towel over the handle in case I do forget. Not that this has actually happened to me before or anything…
A slice of frittata is also delicious the next day. I always eat our leftovers in a sandwich.
BUT, the most fantastic thing about a frittata is the endless variations that you can make. You can put basically any vegetable, meat or cheese into a frittata. All you have to do is follow similar steps of:
1. Making the egg mixture.
2. Sauteing the vegetables.
3. Pouring the egg mixture over the vegetables, and bake.
4. Then top off with whatever toppings you prefer!
Look for our favorite variations of the basic frittata to come!