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Easy Dinner: How to Make a Frittata 
Jan. 19, 2014 7:51 pm 
Updated: Feb. 1, 2014 9:01 pm
Tonight I was finally able to try making a frittata for the first time.  I was really excited to try this because once you know how to make one, the possibilities are endless and it can be a great way to use leftovers!  Plus I had lots of eggs to use!  First of all, in case you have not heard of a "frittata," I will describe it.  It is like an egg bake with various ingredients included, such as vegetables, rice, meat, etc.  It is very simple to make once you know how to do it!

I think I first heard of frittatas from Harrison Ford.  In the movie, Morning Glory with Rachel McAdams, which is a very good movie, Harrison Ford makes a frittata on the air.  See the link:


Plus, I think it is just a fun word to say. :)  Say it out loud a few times and see what I mean.  As you may know, frittata is an Italian dish similar to an omelette.

Kate's Spinach, Bacon, and Mushroom Frittata


For my first frittata, I planned to use mushrooms, spinach, bacon, and cheese.  You will need 8-10 large eggs.  I used a cast iron skillet for the pan.

Preheat oven to 350 F.

I pan-fried 4 pieces of bacon, (I got distracted and burned them, so fried four more!), removed the bacon to paper towels, and drained some of the excess fat from the pan.  Then in the same pan, I browned the mushrooms on medium heat.  Meanwhile I cut up the bacon and heated the frozen spinach in the microwave, then added these to the mushrooms. 

Once the ingredients were warmed, I beat 8 eggs and poured them over the top of the other ingredients so they covered the pan.  I added a couple more eggs to give a little more coverage in some places and sprinkled cheddar cheese on top.  I cooked on the stove on medium heat for about 5-6 minutes until the edges were starting to firm. 

I finished cooking in the oven for about 10 minutes.  To ensure that it is done, stick a knife in the middle to check for firmness.  The knife should come out clean.  Cut the frittata in 6-8 pieces and sprinkle with salt and pepper as desired. 

My first frittata turned out great, which I am really excited about!  I had read some various recipes online for what worked for people when making this.  I also read how once you know the technique for preparing a frittata, you can make any variations you want based on what you have on hand.  It is a great way to get a hot meal prepared in a short amount of time!

Kate's Spinach, Bacon, and Mushroom Frittata photo

I also like how this technique isn't so much about following a recipe.  I would like to learn more cooking techniques like this so I don't have to rely so much on following recipes.  Plus, now if I am ever a contestant on Chopped, I have a go-to meal! :)  I don't know if I have ever seen someone make a frittata, but they should try it.  That would be pretty unique, and it cooks very quickly!  (Like I could ever be on Chopped, haha).  Although, if I ever met Ted Allen, the host and one of my most favorite chefs, I might make him a frittata. :) 

A book I am considering getting is "How to Cook Without a Book" by Pam Anderson.  In one of her sample pages I could view, she also talks about frittatas.  I would love to be able to come up with more dinners based on what I have on hand rather or be able to whip something together rather than needing a recipe all the time.  I think then I would really feel like a cook.  

I hope you enjoyed learning how to make a frittata, and that you will try it yourself soon!      
Jan. 21, 2014 4:17 pm
Nice blog, Kate. I love your enthusiasm. Hope to hear more from you.
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My favorite things to cook would have to be dinner options. This is the main meal I cook most days and this is where I try the most new things. I absolutely love pasta or any Italian dish, and so does my husband. Macaroni and cheese is really becoming my favorite food, and there are so many ways to change it up! Pasta and macaroni are my go-to favorites!
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My grandma is a fantastic cook, so I love going to her house for any meal, especially holidays. I love her ham balls, chicken casserole, and chocolate chip pudding cookies. Eating these foods always reminds me of being at her house. I love whenever I visit her that she always has afternoon tea around 3:00pm. I think this is a nice little tradition and want to keep it up myself.
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I think the best thing I ever made was BBQ beef brisket out of the Food Network magazine. Pretty much anything I make from this magazine I consider a triumph, but I could not believe that I made this brisket; it was that good. This is definitely one I would use to impress people, plus you cook it in the slow cooker, so it is really minimal work!
My cooking tragedies
I remember I made some kind of dinner casserole and I think I accidentally used condensed milk instead of evaporated milk - it was so sweet and just gross! The first time I tried to make homemade spaghetti sauce, the recipe just said to use ground beef and diced tomatoes and that the tomatoes would cook down. I'm not sure what I did wrong, but this did not work and I have found a new recipe since. I also remember burning some butter or something on a flat baking sheet; the smoke alarm even went off and I threw the pan away!
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