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Friday, September 17, 2010

Corn Frittata With Cheese

Corn Frittata With Cheese, adapted from Better Homes and Gardens New Cookbook

  • 8 eggs (we had a dozen to be used prior to the local farm purchase)
  • 1 tsp. of dried basil. We also added garlic powder.
  • 2 T. of olive oil
  • 1 cup of frozen whole kernal corn or cut fresh corn (we had frozen on hand)
  • 1/2 cup chopped zucchini (from the Mulsoff garden)
  • 1/3 cup thinly sliced green onions (3) (Colorado grown!)
  • 3/4 cup chopped plum tomatoes (from grocery store, none really left in the garden)
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese - feel free to use more. We did.
  • Plus anything you may have left from your garden. We popped in a chopped banana pepper and a jalapeno. <--- not sure how to get the tilda above the "n"

Chop your veggies:

Beat eggs with the seasonings.

In a 10" skillet (ours is more like 12", but it's our only oven-proof skillet), heat the oil and add all veggies BUT the tomatoes (we actually added the tomatoes with everything - didn't ruin it). Cook and stir for 3 minutes. Add tomatoes. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 5 minutes or till veggies are crisp tender, stirring occasionally. Well, if you want. I just heated everything through because I'd rather have slightly cooked veggies than way over cooked, which I tend to do. I'll eat it, but Dave will automatically dock a star or two for soggy veggies.
Pour egg mix into skillet over veggies. Cook over medium heat. As mixture sets, run a spatual around edge of skillet, lifting egg mixture so uncooked portion flows underneath. I hope you can imagine how to do this; I have done this with omelettes.
Continue cooking and lifting edges till egg mixture is almost set (surface will be moist). To add to that, for mine it wasn't just moist - there was still some raw egg pooled on top (not much, but some) that I couldn't finagle to the edges for cooking.

Sprinkle with cheese. Place skillet (broiler proof!) under broiler 4-5 inches from heat. Broil 1-2 minutes or till top is just set (I did it a little longer because of how much raw egg I still had up top. Maybe 3-4 minutes?). Makes 4 servings.

The Dave Response:
First impression, while cooking: Where's the meat?
Second impression: Oh, so we're having omelettes. My response: Well, a frittata is an Italian omelette. It's just prepared a bit differently.
Upon suggestion that we serve with sausage: Yes. Of course.
Upon consumption: "Needs bacon, less vegetables, less egg, add a biscuit."
My response: "Really? A McDonald's breakfast sandwich?"
His response: "Mmmmm, biscuits...."
3/5 stars.
I agree. Good solid protein filled meal, easily adaptable for low fat fare. 3/5 stars.
With the exception of the olive oil, everything can be made locally, and it seems like a great summer recipe when all the veggies are coming out of your ears. And hey, I wonder what it would be like with 2 tablespoon of butter (local butter!).

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