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See, thin but still appetizing!

Any Way You Like It Frittata

When I use recipes, unless they are for baked goods, I tend to use them simply as guidelines.  You can always substitute ingredients and play with recipes to make them your own. For example, when recipes call for mushrooms I frequently just use canned mushrooms instead of fresh because I’m cheap and lazy. And it works just fine. When I decided to try my hand at making a frittata recipe I thought it would be more fun to give you a frittata base and then some ideas for the filler.

The salad was made by my mom, she’s a good helper!

What’s a frittata? It’s an egg dish, like a fancy omelet or a crust-less quiche. It begins cooking on the stove on low heat, and finishes in the oven (at least that’s how I do it). You should make it in an oven-safe non-stick pan to make your life less stressful. My frittata is a bit on the thin side, but that’s only because of the size pan I used. I could have used a smaller pan, but this is the non-stick pan of glorious amazing fantastic non-stickiness (I used the 12 inch one because the 10 inch pan is still packed somewhere). It makes me happy.

See, thin but still appetizing!

I have the recipe for the egg base below, so for now I will share with you flavoring fun ideas. I like to work with 3-4cups worth of deliciousness. For the frittata in the pictures I chopped one onion, used one can of drained mushrooms, and added a bit from a bag of frozen  spinach and a bag of frozen mixed vegetables. In total it came out to be about 3.5 cups of uncooked vegetables. This is just what I chose to do because I had these ingredients on hand.

This is all it takes to make awesomeness happen

What can you do? The same thing, or something different. Frittatas are fun because you can play with them. You can add cooked pasta, ham, any vegetable that strikes your fancy, beans, etc. You get the idea. In the summer I’ll probably make it with tomatoes from our garden and fresh herbs. See,  you can do whatever the hell you want! Ok, enough chatter, let’s check this out.

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Any Way You Like It Frittata

 
3-4 cups filling (meat, veggies, cooked pasta, etc)
2 tsp. butter, melted
½ cup milk
4 egg whites (1/2 cup liquid egg whites)
3 eggs
Salt and black pepper, to taste
½ cup shredded cheese, optional (mozzarella, cheddar, etc.)
Cooking spray

 

Preheat oven to 450.

Heat a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Lightly coat with cooking spray and cook filling ingredients until everything is cooked through and excess moisture has evaporated. Drain if necessary. Remove from pan, and wipe the pan clean. Let mixture cool slightly.

My filling! Still a little frozen in this shot, but it has potential for greatness.

In a large bowl, whisk together butter, milk, eggs, salt and pepper. Add filling, and stir to combine.

Heat the pan over medium-low heat, and lightly coat with cooking spray. Add egg mixture.

I got bored waiting for the sides to set, so here’s a picture.

When the edges begin to set (about 4-6 minutes), gently lift edges of frittata and tip the pan letting uncooked egg touch sides of the pan. Go around the frittata doing this at least once. Continue cooking until almost set, about 5-7 minutes. Sprinkle with cheese, and wrap the handle with foil.

Bake at 450 for 8 minutes, or until edges are golden brown. Let cool at least 5 minutes, and then with a spatula gently remove from pan. Cut into 8 pieces and serve.

I’m very proud of myself for not breaking it at all

 

Dinner time!

 

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Eggs en Filets

Eggs en Filets are apparently just baked egg yolks dipped in pancake batter and fried. Delicious! This recipe came from one of those books I mentioned, many posts ago, called 100 Ways of Cooking Eggs. This book is over a hundred years old, but since it’s sitting up in my family’s vacation cottage, I have no access to it and can’t check the specific publication date. I’m pretty sure it’s from the 1890s. It’s a good thing I took some pictures of recipes I want to try when I had the chance so I have some unhealthy yet scrumptious cooking ideas.

Not the best pic, but in a dark room with bad lighting it isn’t too terrible

I chose to try Eggs en Filets mainly because I have all the ingredients and it sounded like a simple starting point. The recipe in the book is incredibly vague, so I had to decide how to make this more user friendly. I used fewer egg yolks, gave an actual cooking temp for the oven, and provided a recipe for the pancake batter. Check out the original:

The pancake batter I made worked really well, but if you don’t want the extra step of measuring things, I suppose you can use a boxed pancake mix. Just try to make it less dense than normal.

Also, if you feel gross about eating this many egg yolks fried in pancake batter, then save the egg whites and have an egg white omelet the next day! Or just stop complaining and live dangerously for once in your life.

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