Once again, didn’t feel like cooking last night…. hmmm seems to happen a lot to someone who is writing a cooking blog…..
Started rummaging through the fridge, and decided to make a frittata. I love these, because you can put everything but the kitchen sink into them, and they taste great! A frittata is basically a big fluffy omelet, made open faced in an oven capable ( No plastic handles – wrap handle in foil if plastic) 12” sauté pan. We had some Italian sausage, tri color peppers (yup – those again!) an onion, garlic, and some cheese to work with. I would have loved some mushrooms to throw in as well, but no luck.
Diced up 3 cloves of garlic fine, and the onion rough, and sautéed in a mixture of butter and olive oil until the onions were translucent. Added the sausage, and broke it up into small pieces while it was cooking ( about 8 minutes or so), then added the peppers last. When the peppers were tender, I added 9 eggs beaten with a splash of half and half ( relax, this serves 4 – 5!), and a handful (about ½ cup) of shredded cheddar cheese, some basil and some cilantro. Mix the eggs and cheese gently into the mixture until even. Reduce heat to med, or med low depending on your stove, and pre heat your broiler to low. (Be sure not to cook too hot on the burner, or you will caramelize – thats a cool cooking term for burn – the lower layer.) Cook unstirred until all but the middle is solid when you shake it. Add a layer of parmesan cheese (fine ground, like you would put on pasta) and a little more cheddar sprinkled across the top, and place about 6 – 8 inches below broiler ( this is where the foil comes in for plastic handles) for about 4 minutes until fully cooked, and cheese is starting to brown. Remove from heat, cut into 4 or 5 portions (like a pizza) and serve.
I added some hot sauce to my portion – yum. Serve with a side salad, or some oven roasted home fries….
Total cooking prep time is about 15 – 20 minutes, and there is enough leftover for lunch the next day! ( at least for the two of us) These can be made vegetarian with almost any veggie – or with seasoned ground beef, ham, bacon – I often chop up leftover steak into one as well. An easy, tasty home cooked meal, made with whatever you have in the pantry and fridge – got to love it!
3 cloves garlic, diced fine
1 med onion, diced rough
1 TBS olive oil
2 TBS butter
½ lb ground Italian Sausage
2/3 cup frozen tri color peppers ( about a large handful )
9 eggs, beaten with about a TBS of half and half
1 TSP basil
1 TSP cilantro
Salt/pepper to taste
½ cup cheddar cheese – ½ with mixture, ½ to sprinkle on top
½ cup parmesan cheese