My return post of awesomeness today is about mini frittatas. These are perfect for the plan ahead types, small portion types, I like tiny cute food types, I love eggs types, I have a pulse types... have I covered everybody yet? A frittata is an Italian omelet made to be eaten room temperature, though I also enjoy them hot. The great thing about a frittata is that it can be made with whatever ingredients you have on hand. I've been known to dump in a leftover arugula salad, lonely cold cut shreds and party veggie tray remains.
My introduction to frittatas came from the movie "Morning Glory". I love me some grizzly old Harrison Ford, but put an apron on him and I'm a goner. How could I not want to experiment with frittatas after this?
3 large eggs
1/4 cup half-and-half
salt and pepper to taste
seasoning of choice (I love sage or parsley)
mix-in items (here I used shredded cheese, spinach, chopped up ham cold cuts and green onion)
Break eggs into a mixing bowl with the half-and-half and seasonings. Beat well until frothy.
Pour the mixture into 4 sprayed muffin tin cups or silicone baking cups, then add your mix-ins. Keep in mind they will rise as they bake, but mine have also fallen afterwards so don't be afraid to fill them up. I'm VERY OPEN to ideas about keeping them from falling, ps! It may not be possible in the silicone cups since, according to Harrison, the key is a hot pan. I also tried a few of mine with the ham slice shell. It was pretty good, but I could go either way on these.
Bake at 350 F for 20 - 25 minutes and prepare to be impressed and suddenly very hungry.
Are you drooling yet?
From here you have options. You can either serve immediately and enjoy the fluffy warmth, or you can let cool and serve later (frittatas were intended for room temperature, after all). You can even let them cool and freeze them! It's true, I tried it. The chopped spinach in that batch dyed the whole thing a little green as it froze, but really, that only added interest, right?
If you're needing a new healthy breakfast running out the door for work, or perhaps your kids need a change from cereal, TRY THESE! You'll wonder why you never did this before, I promise.