Tuesday, March 15, 2011

You say Frittata I say Omelet They say Quiche...........

A frittata is an Italian baked omelet, like quiche, and like an omelet in that there is filling, an egg mixture and usually some cheese. It's a great way to get rid of leftovers, and it's a quick weeknight meal, when you have no energy or creativity left.  Tonight Dr. C and I are having one that I put together while our Italian family was visiting; we actually served it to pair with Italian wines, as an appetizer, but I've put mine into a pie plate, and now it's a lovely entree.  You can fool around with the vegetables, meat and cheeses, the egg proportions will need to remain the same for this size pan.  If you are serving an army, or the frat boys, doubling this for a 13-by-9-inch and baking it for 15 minutes longer will work, too. 

 Artichoke and Prosciutto Frittata
Serves 6

6 large eggs
1/4 cup heavy cream
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 cup finely grated  Pecorino Romano cheese
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 medium shallot, finely chopped
6 thin slices Prosciutto di Parma, finely chopped
One 10-ounce package frozen artichoke hearts, defrosted and squeezed dry
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, and coat the inside of a 9-inch pie plate or 9-inch square baking dish with non-stick cooking spray such as Bakers' Joy.  
  2. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, cream, pepper and cheese.  
  3. In a medium skillet, melt the butter over medium high heat and cook the shallot and prosciutto for 3 minutes, until softened.  Add the artichoke hearts and oregano and cook until there is no liquid left in the pan, and the artichokes begin to turn golden brown.  
  4. Cool, and add to the egg mixture.  
  5. Transfer to the prepared pan, and bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until set in the middle and golden brown on the top.  Allow to rest for 15 minutes before cutting into wedges and serving.  
 Dr. C. and I are entering week 4 of the Money Pit and today the cabinets were installed in the two upstairs bathrooms.  

 Master bath cabinets
 Kids Bath Cabinets--love the light hanging out of the wall--it's a nice touch!
Without mirrors, or granite/quartzite it's hard to tell how this will turn out, I've got my fingers crossed! 

As I said on Friday, the tragedy in Japan has overwhelmed me, it's hard not to sit and watch the television and rerun everything all over again.  I decided that donating to the Salvation Army relief effort was what I would do--the Salvation Army has been in Japan since the 1800's; they are on the ground, they know the people and they know what's needed right now.  To donate to the Salvation Army, text “Japan’’ or “Quake’’ to 80888. If you are looking for an organization to donate to, try going to this website, it evaluates charities and how they use their money  http://www.charitynavigator.org/ 

I'll be back tomorrow, until then have a great night. 

1 comment:

  1. this looks so good... I love the idea of artichokes in the frittata... yum!!!