The beauty of the dish is that you CAN use nearly anything in them: veggies, meat, cheese, last night’s leftovers.
“Skittles?” My son asked.
Ok, maybe not anything.
I’ve been teaching my son simple meals he can make with little or no supervision. He likes cooking with eggs, so this was a perfect learning experience.
The Frittata is similar to the omelet in ingredients, but without the tricky flipping half over part. Also, after cooking on the stove top, the skillet is briefly set in the oven for the final step, giving the dish a lovely golden brown surface.
Here’s what we made, with notes for when to add other kinds of (non-candy) add-ins:
Bacon Potato Frittata
5 slices bacon
6 eggs (2 per person)
1/4 cup milk
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
4 ounces cheddar cheese, shredded
3 small potatoes, peeled and shredded
Preheat oven to 375 degrees
Using a cast iron, or other nonstick, griddle will make removing the Frittata from the pan so much easier. If you do not have one, make sure to use a little butter to keep the pan slick.
Add bacon, or any other uncooked meat such as sausage, to the skillet. Cook on medium high until cooked through and starting to get crispy. Remove from pan to cool. Drain off the grease from the pan (I saved ours to use in homemade dog treats), but do not clean pan. The other ingredients will absorb the nice bacon flavor.
If using onions or fresh garlic, sautee them in the greased skillet until translucent.
Add shredded or diced potatoes and cook in skillet until lightly browned. (Also add any thick skinned vegetables such as bell pepper, so they can soften a little as they cook). If the pan is getting dry, add in a little butter or bacon grease. You can adjust the temperature to between medium and medium high depending on your stove. You want to keep the ingredients from getting too dark or burning.
Meanwhile, in a large bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, salt and pepper.
Break or cut bacon into small pieces and stir into eggs. Stir in shredded cheese.
Pour egg mixture into skillet. Resist stirring them. We are not looking for scrambled eggs.
Continue to cook on stove top until mixture is mostly set and edges can be gently separated from the sides of the pan with a spatula.
Set the skillet in the oven on a center rack. Cook approximately 10 minutes, until completely cooked through and the top is golden brown. You may use the broiler on low for the last minute to really make a nice color and taste.
Carefully remove from oven and serve hot.
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