Wednesday, December 29, 2010

A Comforting Frittata

With Christmas behind us, and leftovers just about gone, too much sweets eaten...a nice comforting vegetarian frittata will not only satisfies your hunger, but you can have your "breakfast, for dinner" as well. How can you go wrong with a perfect blend of sauteed sliced potatoes, fresh chopped tomatoes, and fresh spinach, topping it off with shredded cheese of your choice ( I used, cheddar)...scramble up at least 6-8 eggs, and added all together cooking it on the stove top, making sure you are not scrambling it, just lift a little from the edges to let it cook evenly, and finishing it off in the broiler. Yumm! Something your family will enjoy on a lazy and not much to do, evening.
There's no set recipe for this fritatta, just start out sauteing some chopped onions in about 2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil, along with about 4 small potatoes peeled and sliced thin, saute until potatoes are almost tender, adding about 1 large or a couple small fresh tomatoes, salt and pepper and a good handful of fresh spinach right into the mixture. Let it all cook together until spinach gets wilted. I even added about 1/4 cup of plain crushed tomatoes, (tomato sauce, marinara sauce will also work) but not tomato paste. To serve 6 servings with this, I scrambled 8 eggs, and poured it right over the vegetable mixture...see photo below!
In this process, all you do is lift a little bit around the edges, not disturbing the rest of the egg mixture, letting the uncooked eggs flow to the edge. 
At this point, you can see the edges setting, but the middle is still kind of wet, so with a wooden spoon, or spatula, carefully make a small incision in the center, tilting the pan from left to right to get to an even flow for setting more.
This may sound like a small "surgery process" or some kind of experiment, but it's just to make sure you have an even, nice, and fluffy frittata. Here's the last process, below!
Last process, I added a 16 ounce bag of shredded cheddar cheese, and a small amount of Mexican style can add in place of this, shredded mozzarella, Swiss, or just grated Parmesan cheese. Also, you can variate the vegetables, and the spices, but in this case my grandchildren were eating this, and I had to be careful not making it too spicy for them. You can top this off with a nice salsa, and serve it with crusty bread. This dish served 4 adults, and 4 young children. Satisfaction guaranteed!
Actually, there was more food, which my daughter prepared...always thinking, there's not enough. We prepared all this at my son's house, just to have an easy casual dinner...yeahh, right!
We always have a bag or two of frozen shrimp, around. You can also use cooked frozen too, just add it to the sauce when it's completely done, and heat it up. In the case of the peeled deveined frozen shrimp, just saute in a small amount of olive oil, till they turn pink, and added to the sauce. I have a link back from June of this year, before I decided to join Foodbuzz-as you can see, I didn't even get a comment on it, not even looking for anyone to follow, except only family, and a handful of friend following my blog-out of guilt, or pity!...and never commenting. OK, just check the link out, even the photos, so...bad!
Shrimp Marinara
The sauted shrimp is being added to the sauce, just fold it into the sauce, and it's ready to serve over pasta of your choice. The fritatta, is being prepared on the right...Buon Appetito!...ready to serve the "Strarving Artists"...seriously, they are all taking special art classes, my son Joey, is not only a writer, but an artist too, and it kind of runs in the family, on both sides.
I guess they are all working on "Alice in son doing artwork on surfboards, with special waterproof markers.

"Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?"
"That depends a good deal on where you want to get to," said the Cat.
"I don’t much care where--" said Alice.
"Then it doesn’t matter which way you go," said the Cat.

"--so long as I get SOMEWHERE," Alice added as an explanation.
"Oh, you’re sure to do that," said the Cat, "if you only walk long enough."
(Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Chapter 6)

(The above quote is often mistakenly referred to as: "If you don't know where you're going, any road will get you there." But this line is not in the Alice in Wonderland books.)
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  1. Yum! I made a frittata for lunch today with spinach and greyere. It is such a nice change of pace from all of the heavy holiday foods. Have a happy and safe new year!

  2. WE love these and yours look fabulous .....happy holidays to you and your amazing family....

  3. wow its sooooooo good to see your are so adorable....loved the idea of this dish.....Happy New Year Dear!!!!

  4. Hello Elisabeth, wonderful looking Frittatas! It took me a while, but I finally learned that they reheat really well, making them perfect for lunches. Amazing surfboard work going on. Hope your week after Christmas has been pleasant.

  5. I made a frittata today for breakfast that I saw at one of the blogs..I just love how you did yours! And shrimps..I could always go for any type of meal that includes the shrimps!:))
    Happy New Year Elisabeth!

  6. This looks like an awesome breakfast for a crowd!

  7. Frittata looks delicious, I like it you added potato to it. Shrimp marinara sounds awesome.cute kids.

  8. I love breakfast meals for dinner and your frittata might just be the one. thanks for sharing.

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  9. Frittata looks so yummy, makes me wanna wish morning would come sooner!

  10. I love a frittata- it's such a great way to use up bits and pieces of yummy things from the refrigerator. :) A happy and healthy new year to you!

  11. Me not having much of a sweet tooth, a nice warm savory dish especially with veggies sounds just about right to me!

    Season's greetings and best wishes for a happy new year dear Elisabeth :)

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  12. This is nice-much like an omelette with all the veggies n spinach i loved it! gotta bring this to my kitcchen, my daughter's sure gonna love it ! Have a great year ahead ! love n cheers !!

  13. Yummy fritattas! Your son is a great artist, love the colors!

  14. Delicious and mouthwatering frittata...yummm!

  15. Frittata is the best, it's so comforting and easy, and versatile. This one looks delicious!
    Thanks, Elisabeth, for being such a lovely, supportive blogger friend. Your comments make my day.

  16. oh! that definitely the sort of change you need from all those heavy heavy rounds of food over the week!! thanx for sharing and wish you a very happy new year!!

  17. Hi Elisabeth! Just scrolled through some pictures from your previous posts I've missed while I was away. Really nice pictures of great food and wonderful scenery thanks for sharing!

    And great frittatas you are right, it is just what we need after overeating during Christmas lol.

  18. This looks delicious! Oh YUM! And that is simply amazing artwork!! What brilliant talent! It's ingenious, I reckon it took many hours.

  19. Love a good fritatta! So easy and 'comfortin' you are right. Right now it sounds a great segue from the heavy holiday meals to something more rustic and soul-soothing!

  20. The frittata looks great! So easy for a crowd. My fiance happened to look over my shoulder and said "Oh!! Who made that??" which translates to ... we should try it. :)

  21. what a delicious fritatta for a lazy evening..
    it sure looks healthy too with all the vegetables..vibrant colours! love the snaps..

  22. Hello!!!
    Thank you so much per gli auguri..:-)
    Congratulations for this recipe and happy new year!!!!! ;-)
    Kisses ciaoo:-*

  23. Happy New Year, Elisabeth...the frittata looks amazing...I love them to...even cold the next day...that is the Italian in me...

  24. I really need one of the for breakfast in the morning. I love that surfboard, I'll say he is an artist! So glad to have me you and wishing you and your family a Happy and Healthy New Year!

  25. A very Happy new year to you n ur family , loved going thru ur wonderful blog !!!

    - Smita
    (fun foods for little eaters

  26. I adore a good frittata...and I so enjoyed seeing pictures of your beautiful, creative and talented family. I love egg dishes because you can add so many healthy vegetables. Thank you for sharing this recipe with me. I wish you and yours a blessed weekend and new year!

  27. This frittata is a good start to the new year after all the holiday fare. Thank you for all your kind words on my blog anniversary :) Here is wishing you and yours a very Happy and Healthy New Year!

  28. Elisabeth, your frittata is just gorgeous!!

    Happy New 2011 Year!!

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