Frittatas are Italian omelets. The perfect “Meatless Monday” meal. In addition to tasting delicious, they are quick and easy to make!
They differ from their French cousins in several ways:
- The fillings are combined with the eggs before cooking.
- The eggs are cooked without stirring.
- Frittatas are served cut into halves or wedges.
Two methods for cooking frittatas:
- Pour the egg and filling into a pan, cook while lifting the sides so that the uncooked portions can flow underneath, and broil until the top is set and browned, about 4 minutes. This method is my favorite!
- Pour the eggs and fillings into the pan, stir once, cook the eggs undisturbed until the top is just set, place a heat proof plate on top of the pan, invert the plate/pan, cook on the other side, cook for a couple of minutes, invert the eggs one more time onto a serving plate.
Frittatas are a perfect "Meatless Monday" meal. They are quick and easy to make. The ingredients are simple staples to keep on hand. No rush to the grocery store is required. A bonus for Monday meal planning!Prep Time 30 minutesCook Time 5 minutes
- 1 T. extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 T. butter
- 1 small onion, diced
- 1 small tomato, diced
- 1/2 bag frozen spinach, defrosted and strained of all moisture
- 2 garlic pods, finely minced
- 8 large eggs
- 2 T. water
- 1/4 cup basil, finely julienned
- 2 T. freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- salt and pepper to taste
- 2 T. extra-virgin olive oil
Garnish: fresh basil
In a large sauté pan, set over medium heat, add the butter and olive oil. Just as it begins to sizzle, add the onions, tomatoes, and spinach. Cook for 8 to 10 minutes. Add the garlic in the last minute of cooking.
Meanwhile, whisk the eggs in a small mixing bowl, add the water, basil, Parmesan cheese, and vegetable mixture.
Heat a well-seasoned, ovenproof 9" skillet over medium heat until it's quite hot. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil and swirl to coat the pan.
Add the egg mixture. Cook, occasionally lifting the sides so the uncooked portion can flow underneath. Cooking time will be about 5 to 8 minutes or until the edges are set and the bottom is golden.
Place the skillet about 6 inches from the boiler element. Broil for until the top is set and golden, about 4 to 5 minutes. Watch closely!
Slice into wedges. Place on serving plates. Garnish with fresh basil.
Frittatas are Italian Omelets!