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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Tasty Tuesday: Western Frittata

I love frittatas. There's a rustic charm about them. They are super easy to make and they are just as delicious as omelets without any of the fussiness.

Now, when I make frittatas, I usually end up making at least two...one with fewer ingredients for Gabe and Joey and one with all the good stuff for Vic, Marty, and me. I prep everything I can together, split it for the two frittatas, and then add the good stuff to one. This makes enough that I have leftovers even though I'm feeding 3 growing boys and 2 adults.

Western Frittata 
plus a Sausage and Cheese Frittata
  • one large onion, diced
  • 6 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 lb sausage links, browned and sliced 
  • one large bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • a large handful of grape tomatoes, quartered
  • one 8oz can of sliced mushrooms
  • 4 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 8 sticks of string cheese, cut into slices
  • 1 doz eggs
  • 2 cast iron (or oven safe) frying pans, 1 8in and 1 10in
  1. saute onions and garlic in butter over medium heat until onions are translucent
  2. split onions and garlic between 2 bowls
  3. brown and slice sausage; put half in each bowl
  4. saute bell peppers, tomatoes, and mushrooms until you get a little browning; add all of it to one bowl
  5. split the shredded cheddar and add to both bowls
  6. slice the string cheese into 1/4in pieces and divide between bowls
  7. break 5 eggs into bowl with just sausage and cheese; break 7 eggs into the other bowl
  8. mix thoroughly
  9. pour the sausage cheese mixture into a lightly greased 8in cast iron frying pan
  10. pour the western frittata mixture into lightly greased 10in cast iron
  11. preheat oven to 375
  12. while oven preheats, start cooking the frittatas on the stove (cook over medium heat until the outer edges start to set)
  13. transfer frittatas to oven...if your cast iron frying panhas a wooden handle, make sure you remove it...please don't ask me how I know that needs to be done
  14. cook frittatas until eggs are completely done and the top of frittatas are slightly brown

Do you have a favorite egg based recipe?