Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Not Just An Omelette - Ham, Bell Pepper & Mushroom Frittata

You say Frittata, she says Tortilla, someone else says Omelette...  No matter what you may call it, this eggy, sometimes meaty, usually cheesy slice of Heaven is delicious!  It's also much easier to master than most people think.

People tend to fear Omelettes.  I get it.  The classic French Omelette can seem pretty daunting if you want it to be parfaite.  It can't be too brown. It should slide out of the pan and fold over in the perfect shape when it's turned out onto the plate. You need a special omelette pan... Well,

I say "Non! Ce n'est pas vrai!"  It's not true... A myth perpetrated by snooty chefs of yesteryear who didn't want us to make our own omelettes at home!

My preferred method of preparation when I'm in the mood for a quick, easy supper or a leisurely breakfast on a Saturday morning, is the Spanish or Italian way. A Tortilla or Frittata.  The true beauty of a dish like this is that you almost always have the ingredients on hand to whip one up on the fly.  It can be as simple as three basic ingredients... Eggs, Butter and Seasoning (Salt & Pepper, etc.)

You can add a myriad of veggies, meats, cheeses and fresh or dried herbs to yours, or you can go basic and use just the ingredients I've already mentioned. It's really about personal taste and on-hand ingredients. I just happened to have a hodge-podge of veggies, cheese and meat in my fridge last night that were just waiting to be used up in a yummy way, so this is what I prepared for a late supper last night...

Ham, Bell Pepper & Mushroom Frittata
  • 6-8 Lg Eggs
  • 2 Tbls Butter, plus a little olive oil
  • 2 Tsp Dijon Mustard
  • 1/2 C Swiss Cheese
  • 1/3 C Ham, diced or coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 Yellow Bell Pepper, diced
  • 1/2 Small Red Onion, diced
  • 1/4 C Sauteed Portabella Mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 Tsp Dried Thyme
  • Salt & Pepper
Pre-heat oven to "low broil" setting and set your rack to the middle of the oven.

Whisk Eggs in medium bowl with Dijon, Thyme, Salt & Pepper.

I like my veggies and meat softened a bit, so I sauteed off the Ham, Bell Pepper, Onion and Mushrooms in a little butter and olive oil til the veggies were just tender and the Ham was just beginning to turn golden brown. I removed them from the pan to a plate to cool for a few minutes.  If you want a little crunchier texture to yours, you can skip this step.

Heat a 10-12 inch non-stick skillet over medium heat and add the Butter and Olive Oil.  Add all of your ingredients (except the cheese) to the whisked Eggs and stir well to combine.  When the butter/oil is melted and beginning to sizzle/foam just a bit, pour the Egg mixture into the pan and using a spoon or rubber spatula, stir the mixture a little to distribute the meat and veggies evenly. Sprinkle the cheese evenly over the top.

Place the skillet into the oven and broil for 4 to 6 minutes, or until lightly browned and puffed up a bit.  Remove (carefully, the handle will be hot!) skillet from the oven and either slide the Frittata onto a large serving plate, or cut into 6 wedges right in the pan. Serve immediately.  Enjoy!!



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  1. Thanks for stopping by Be Your Best Mom- returning the follow and can't wait till this weekend to try this!

  2. I've just had breakfast and that still makes me hungry.

  3. Mrs. B. that looks SOOOOOOOO much better than my plastic baggie of rice chex. Minus the milk.

    Ahhh, the life of a kitchen diva-

    Have a great week!

  4. Thanks for dropping by and linking up to Let's Do Brunch. I love omelets and you are right, one can make them what they want.

    I love your blog and I am following from my other blog, Bizzy Bakes. I can't seem to get My Sweet and Savory to follow.

  5. I love egg dishes...even more so when I'm really tired. I make omelets or even scrambled eggs if I'm really lazy and add the veggies or whatever else is in the frig. I think you may have solved my dinner problem tonight!

  6. Thanks for the follow! You won't regret that fudge (except maybe your waistline lol). Love all the different ideas you have on here! And LOVE Paula Deen=)


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