Tasty Bites - A Kitchen Project Newsletter Nov 14 , 2012

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Talking Frittata

This is just a start on this wonderful topic....

The Frittata is an Italian creation that is similar to a quiche, omelet and other similar dishes around the world.

It probably started with the left over vegetables, meat even pasta, and since eggs were plentiful, it was an inexpensive meal and great way to use up odds and ends. Most cultures have a similar dish.

The name comes from the Italian verb friggere, ” or “to fry.

The Frittata is usually started with sauteing your vegetables and pouring over well whipped eggs and then slowly cooking and flipping once or finished in an oven to lightly brown the top. So the pan of choice would be something like a cast iron skillet that will go into the oven, but you can of course use other cooking vessels. One recipe I read about said they use a Springform pan, because they can get it out of the pan easier.




Basic Fritatta Recipe

The basic recipe for Frittata is about 2 1/2 cups Egg Mix , 2 -3 cups of sauted vegies and beans, and 1/2 to 1 cup of cheese.

Egg Mix

For a 12 inch skillet use about 8 large eggs.
1/2 cup milk or soft cheese like ricotta or cream cheese
1 tablespoon of Dijon mustard (not traditional)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper

Fresh greens, Spinach, Kale, Arugula, or cabbage.
Cauliflower, Broccoli , Brussels Sprouts
Peppers, Bell peppers, or a little hot pepper.
Artichokes hearts
Italian Green Beans cut into 1 inch pieces
Onions, white or Spanish, Green onion or Leeks
Tomatoes, Roma or Cherry cut in half

Potatoes, Fingerling or firm like a red skin or Yukon
Pasta, cut into small pieces. This is not done much in most recipes but is traditional.

Soft melting cheeses like Provolone , Fontia,firm Mozzeralla or fresh Mozzeralla , Swiss or Monterey Jack
Parmesan Reggiano
soft cheeses Ricotta or cream , melted and smoothed into the Egg mix

Beans -
Chick peas

Fresh Basil
Fresh Rosemary

2 Tablespoons Olive Oil

1. Blend the eggs and milk or softened cheese, mustard and seasonings. Chop the herbs and add to the mix and blend with whisk until smooth.

1. Saute Vegetables in a oven proof skillet. in 2 tablepoons Olive oil. Add Egg mix and cook for 1 to 2 minutes until the mix is set on the bottom.

2.Cook in the oven for another 10 - 15 minutes. Some recipes have you set the oven to broil. You had better watch closely if you do this, it will only take a few minutes.

More to come on this subject.


Here is a low fat recipe version, that is done in a glass pie dish so I called it a crustless quiche.





















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As usual I always love to hear from you
and what your favorite
are, email me please....

Stephen Block

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