|A ham, cheese, and onion frittata
This recipe is very loose and flexible. The size of your pan and the number of eggs you use depends on how many people you are feeding. Alton recommends using a 12-inch non-stick yet oven safe frying pan. I do not have one like that (the handles would melt off) so I used my smaller medium sized (8in) cast iron because it was just me and hubby. The number of eggs you use also depends on if you want a thick frittata or a thin one.
The difference between a frittata and an omelet is (besides the obvious flipping halfway through the cooking), is that you saute the meat and veggies before pouring the eggs over. Also there is something usually added in the egg mixture, like herbs and Parmesan cheese. First I sauteed the ham and onions together on medium for about 5 minutes until the ham was heated and the onions were translucent.
|This makes for a lovely smell...
Next preheat your oven on a low broil and then in a small bowl mix together:
6-7 eggs (or more if you want a thicker frittata)
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese (I used Kraft)
Johny's seasoning salt (to taste)
fresh cracked pepper
1 Tablespoon of dried basil or parsley (can use fresh too)
|We used basil instead of parsley as the recipe suggested
Once your veggies and meat are ready to go, pour the egg mixture into the pan.
|everything is better with cheese.
Put the whole pan in the oven and let it broil for 3-4 minutes until the top is set
It started to poof up just like our pannukakku recipe... always an impressive feat.
|The frittata, the much easier omelet
|The finished frittata on the cutting board
You can cut through this baby with a pizza cutter and I hear it is quite traditional to slice it into wedges. After that serve it up with some hashbrowns or toast.
A few things to note about the frittata. It is definitely more dense than a light and fluffy omelet. The flavors of the cooked onions and ham, along with the basil and the Parmesan gave it a more "grown up" flavor. I personally thought it was on the "dry" side but I like my eggs a little runny. I was thinking it needed some kind of dipping sauce next time, but I'm not sure what. The one great mommy bonus was that you can serve everyone at once, which is nice because when you make omelets, normally it's one at a time. These also heated up nicely the next day for left overs. So that was our first attempt at a frittata. It's fun, it's different, it was quick (about 10 min),and it was very flavorful. Enjoy.