Ratatouille Frittata

Ratatouille Frittata

Frittatas – so much you can do with them and I like to cut up left overs into single servings so I can pop out of the Freezer and into the microwave for a quick meal.

You need a 10” oven proof nonstick skillet and a little time.

Ingredients

  • medium potato cute into ½ inch cubes
  • 6 large eggs
  • 5 Egg whites – I used packaged
  • 1 teaspoon dried tarragon
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon salt divided in two
  • 1 egg plant or 2 small Italian eggplants – cube in ½ inch pieces
  • 2 plum tomatoes cube in 1/2″ inch pieces
  • 1 medium zucchini cube in ½ inch pieces
  • 2-3 tablespoons slice black olives
  • 6 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
  • Small handful of grated pizza cheese – or cheddar
  • About 1 tablespoon or less of olive oil

ingredients

 

How

Preheat oven to 350

In a steamer cook the potatoes about 5-7 minutes until fork tender

Meanwhile in blender combine eggs, tarragon, pepper, half the salt – Using the blender made a fluffier airier frittata.

In a large nonstick oven proof skillet heat oil over medium heat

Add zucchini cook about 2 minutes until it begins to soften

zucchini

Add eggplant and the remaining salt cook about 3 minutes

add eggplant

Add the tomatoes and olives stir to combine cover and cook about 3 minutes until the eggplant is mostly tender and the tomatoes have given some liquid.

 

Add potatoes and toss to combine

add tomatoes and olives

Add the egg mixture (I gave it a very short quick pulse to combine again) and cook about 2 minutes or until the edges start to set.

add egg mixture

sprinkle with cheeses

cook unitll sides start to fiem sprnkly with cheese

Bake for about 25-30 minutes or until the frittata is set, puffed and browned.

bake

Let set for 3-4 minutes before serving

serve

 

Spinach, Cheddar and Rice Pie.

Spinach, Cheddar and Rice Pie.

Continuing theme a night dinner plan it was vegetarian night again. We have fallen very nicely into the flow and I don’t have to peek at the calendar as much to figure out what tonight brings theme wise.

We love the taste of spinach and cheese but can’t say that I have tried this combination. The best thing was that I came home from work and the house smelled soooooo good. Lyn worked from home and had everything ready for me including a nice glass of wine with cheese and crackers. How lucky am I!

 Ingredients

  • 3 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 10 oz. package frozen chopped spinach, thawed , and squeezed dry
  • 3 cups cooked brown rice (small grain)
  • 1 cup diced extra sharp cheddar cheese
  • ½ tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 4 large eggs
  • ¼ cup nonfat milk (we use lactose free)
  • 1 roasted red pepper cut in strips

How

Make sure your wife is working from home 🙂

Preheat the oven to 4250. Generously coat a 9 inch pie pan with cooking spray.

Heat oil in large skillet over medium heat.

Add Onion and cook. Stirring frequently until beginning to brown, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook 1 minute more. Transfer to a large bowl. Add rice, cheese, pepper and salt to the bowl and stir to combine.

Note: We thought after that some red-hot pepper flakes would be a nice touch if you wanted a little more heat.

Whisk eggs and milk in medium bowl then stir in rice mixture. Transfer to the pie pan and smooth the top with a spatula and arrange the roasted red pepper on top.

Bake the pie until lightly browned in spots about 25 minutes. Let stand for 5 minutes before cutting into wedges.

Spinach, Cheddar and Rice Pie   Spinach, Cheddar and Rice Pie

Potato, Canadian bacon, and Spinach Frittata

Eggs for dinner are great and I don’t mean scrambled you got to make a meal of it something that will fill you up. We had been running around all day first time in about 2 weeks that we could spend time on us and we got home from restocking our wine cellar, actually it’s a shelf. I looked at Lyn and she looked at me and she said do you think you could make something like this as she fluttered her eyes, I’m just a sucker for those eyes. I took a look, thought about what I had on hand and soon after we had Potato, Canadian bacon, and Spinach Frittata

Took about 15 minutes prep time and 15 minutes cooking.

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil split 2 for cooking 1 for dressing
  • 2 small russet potatoes (about 3/4 pound), peeled and thinly sliced
  • The whites and some greens of 6-8 scullions sliced thin
  • 9 large eggs
  • Kosher salt and black pepper
  • About 10-ounce frozen chopped spinach (you could thaw and drain of excess water but I did not I was hungry)
  • 4 ounces white Cheddar, grated ( about 1 cup)
  • 6 -8 slices of Canadian bacon cut in quarters or eights.

 Dressing

  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 head red leaf lettuce, torn into bite-size pieces (6 cups)

How

Heat oven to 400° F. Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a large oven proof nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the potatoes and scallions and cook, tossing occasionally, until the potatoes are tender, 12 to 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, salt and pepper to taste. Mix in the spinach, Cheddar, and ham. (Make sure you break up the spinach so no chunks)

Add the egg mixture to the skillet, shake the pan to settle, and transfer the skillet to oven. Cook until the eggs are set, 12 to 15 minutes.

While that is cooking make your vinaigrette in a large bowl, whisk together the vinegar, mustard, the remaining tablespoon of oil, and salt and pepper to taste. Add the lettuce and toss to coat. Serve with the frittata. If you want to make it spicy try Trader Joe’s Dijon mustard makes Chinese mustard seem mild.

       whoops forgot to take picture in pan  

Leftover Night Frittata

Frittata 1

kind of like an egg pizzza

Omelets and frittatas are eaten not only for breakfast, but also as a main dish.  Breakfast for dinner is common at our house at least a few times each month. This is a tough one to write down it has a lot to do with what I have on hand or the craving I am having. I have often wondered what the difference between an omelets and frittatas is, I saw nothing beside a fold and that most of my frittatas end up with a crisp golden brown potato bottom crust.

Thanks to a quick Google search my thinking has been validated.

Google: What is the difference between omelets and frittatas?

Answer: In the strictest sense, the difference boils down to a matter of folding in a filling rather than mixing it in. Omelets traditionally have the egg mixture cooked and folded around a filling, while a frittata just mixes it all up, cooked in a mishmash combination all at once. Frittatas are often served at room temperature, making them perfect for brunches or larger groups.

Omelets or frittata hmmmmmm…

I will start with the basic frittata that I usually make – my wife calls it an omelet.

Leftover Night Frittata

Prep Time: 15-20 minutes maybe slightly more if you par cook the potatoes

Cook Time: 30-40 minutes

 Ingredients:

  • 3-4 potatoes julienned or chop finely – you can blanch the julienned or par boiled the chopped if you want.
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 1 small red, green, yellow pepper or a mix of what you have on hand.
  • 3-7 raw mushroom minced or chopped roughly (How many depends on size)
  • 1-3 Tbsp. minced fresh parsley leaves or cilantro (save some for garnish)
  • Cheese – you have to eyeball, you will want enough to sprinkle over the omelet but not too heavy.  Usually around ½ cup or so grated.
  • Whatever left over main course you might have meat, fish etc. (optional)
  • 4 Tablespoons butter or olive oil  divide in two
  • 5 or 6 eggs
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

How:

Preheat the oven to 350°.

Chop or mince the onions, peppers, mushroom and parsley. Julienned or chop finely the potatoes.

Place 2 Tbsp. butter of oil in a medium-to-large ovenproof skillet, preferably non-stick, and turn the heat to medium.

Add the onions, peppers sauté about 3-5 minutes add the mushroom for another 2-3 minutes.  Remove from pan and set aside.

Reheat the pan adding 2 Tbsp. of butter or oil (I like a mix it browns the potatoes better.) Add the potatoes in a single layer loosely covering the bottom of the pan and cook until they are browning on bottom  this is not covering the bottom like a pie crust  but is giving a good base.

While it’s heating, beat together the eggs, salt, pepper and parsley/cilantro and then mix in the onions, peppers, mushroom.

Gently pour the eggs into the skillet and turn the heat to medium-low. Top with the cheese of choice.  Shake the pan gently over the burner for a minute or to. Cook, undisturbed, for about 8-10 minutes, or until the bottom of the frittata is firm.

Transfer the skillet to the oven and bake, checking every 5 minutes or so, until the top of the frittata is no longer runny, 10 to 20 minutes more.

Garnish and serve hot or at room temperature.

Options

Try without the potatoes cooking the same way, try with different type of potatoes, chopped up meat, bacon pretty much anything you like it is all good.  See great for leftover night.