Sunday morning was cold and gray around these parts, and I needed inspiration before I started running errands. Rummaging in the fridge and scrolling through the Tivo Suggestions, I created a near perfect hour of weekend.
A warm frittata, biscuits with pumpkin butter, hot coffee, cold cider and Law & Order: UK. Slanket optional. It was like starting the day with a warm hug. Here’s how you can recreate the experience in your own ladynests.
For a 2 person serving, 6 eggs, for a single 3 eggs.
Splash of milk or half & half, if you’re feeling really decadent.
salt and pepper to your taste
Fixins – you pretty much can’t muck this up. Toss anything in there*. For this particular frittata, I used crumbled bacon, feta, havarti, a little sandwich ham (diced), green pepper, tomato and a dollop of olive tapenade.
Preheat oven to 350 and melt a generous pat of butter in a heavy, oven-safe skillet over a medium burner. Swirl the butter around and use a brush or other tool to cover the sides and bottom of the pan. When butter is melted completely, turn the heat down to low and tend to your eggs.
Crack eggs into a bowl and add splash of milk (maybe 1/8 cup) and salt/pepper. Whisk until creamy and frothy.
Add in your extras and swirl the bowl around to coat everything with egg.
Pour into skillet and turn heat back up to medium.
Let it be for a few minutes, then watch for the sides of the egg to pull away from the sides of the pan. Using hot pads or oven mitts, put the skillet in the oven and set the timer for 10 minutes.
Peek to see if you need to cook it longer, when it’s done the eggs will have puffed up and will be golden brown on top. The havarti cheese in mine had risen to the top and created bubbly pockets of toasted, melted goodness across the top. I wish I’d taken the time to take pictures, but I couldn’t wait to start stuffing my face with it.
You’ve got to work pretty fast once you pull the skillet from the oven. Use the edge of a plastic turner to cut the frittata into servings, then get it out of the pan and onto the plate. The eggs will keep cooking as long as they’re in the (ridiculously) hot pan, and then they’ll start to stick. If you’re feeling really fancy, garnish with something green and leafy and grate a little Parmesan on top.
*try also: Chicken, swiss and spinach; sausage, diced apples, cheddar and sage; mushrooms, rosemary, zucchini and diced red potatos; adobe chilies, chorizo, oaxaca cheese and black beans; etc.
I cheated and bought both the croissants and the pumpkin butter. My domesticity has limits.
As for Law & Order: UK, it’s pretty much the same as the original flavor of the US franchise. The cast is solid, I tuned in for Martha Jones (Freema Agyeman) from Doctor Who and Captain Cutie Pie Apollo (Jamie Bamber) from Battlestar Galactica. Like the US version, the focus is more on the cases than on the characters, with only little glimpses of the various players’ lives outside of work. I’d rank it as decent background television, not something I’m going to stop what I’m doing to watch, but not something I’d change the channel away from, either.
Image Credit (this is not my frittata)