Sunday, June 28, 2009

Empty the Fridge Frittata

It is so thrilling to be a part of the Real Food Revolution! My mind has been whirling with all the possible recipes and ideas to share here. Truly, the most difficult part is knowing where to begin, especially since I don't want to disappoint anyone's high hopes after Carrien's glowing introduction. *gulp*

So let's just start with a recipe that I have been making every week, shall we? It has the ease of a no-crust frittata, the moistness of quiche, all with the simplicity of an oven omelet.

I love this recipe for many reasons. It's easy, gluten free, very flexible, and can be made ahead. I often have moms and children over for brunch and its a cinch to whip up the night before, bake partway and then refrigerate till morning. Soon before our friends arrive, I bake it the rest of the way. There's no need to limit it to breakfast though, as it also makes a tasty dinner when paired with a soup or salad.

This is one of those recipes that is great for using up the little odds and ends that seem to gather in my fridge, like bits of meat, veggies, herbs and cheese.

Feel free to use less or more of any ingredient. Believe me, I really just throw this all together and it has always turned out delicious.

Empty the Fridge Frittata

Main ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 8 to 12 eggs
  • 1/2 cup to 1 cup sour cream, yogurt, or milk
  • salt and pepper
Possible Additions
  • Cooked meat (optional) - bacon, ham, chicken, hamburger, sausage.. I've even used leftover roast beef
  • Fresh veggies - red or green pepper, spinach, zucchini, tomato, onion (raw or sauteed)..
  • Fresh herbs - basil, parsley
  • Cheese - sharp or mild cheddar, mont jack, feta...

Grease a pie dish generously with butter.
In a separate bowl, beat eggs and dairy. Season and stir in desired additions.
Bake at 350 for 30 minutes to 1 hour, depending on how many eggs you used, or till set.
Serve warm. This recipe is even delicious cold.

5 comments:

Dawn @ P.S.He loves you.. said...

I'll try it!

Lo said...

Frittatas are fantastic ways to 'clean out' the fridge, aren't they? Quiche and omelettes are similarly versatile. Love the incredible, edible egg!

Carrien said...

Yay! your first post is great. A perfect meal for the the "Oh no, what's for dinner?" days.

(I never have those BTW, I always have a menu planned out days in advance. Not ;)

Robin's New Song said...

I love to make "empty the fridge frittata"! Have made it for many years as a way to use up leftovers, usually with salad or oven baked potatoes. The only difference is I start mine in a stainless or cast iron skillet to set the bottom and finish it in the oven to melt the cheese and set the top. Then serve with sour cream and salsa. Yummy, think this will have to be dinner tonight!

Deborah said...

This looks great! I'll try it tonight for dinner. Thanks! :)

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