Monday, June 29, 2009

Welcome Back Breakfast

There is a word for the mental ability to read words and understand shapes that are partially covered or missing. Sadly... I don't remember that word.

Anyway... how is your that ability?

If you're particuarly jazzy with the fill-in-the-blanks capability, you see that the plate reads "It's Your Special Day!"

My mom picked this plate up somewhere when me and my brother and sister were young. She only bought the one and honestly, one is enough. Special days aren't special if you have to share them with your little brother.

Today was my sister's Special Day. She's been on a missions trip on the Navajo reservation in Arizona for the last ten days. Last night when she got in she requested a frittata breakfast before she crashed.

I figured that my jobless self could manage getting up at a reasonable hour, grocery shopping, and whipping up a tasty breakfast. To go with the frittata, I picked up some fresh strawberries and my sister's favorite strawberry cream cheese fruit dip. It was... delish. I'm sad it's gone.

A frittata is the easiest cooked breakfast food to pull together in the morning, and you can really put whatever you want in there. Here's what I made today:

Jessica's Pepper and Onion Welcome Back Frittata

1/2 sweet onion
1/2 red bell pepper
1/2 green bell pepper
bit of olive oil
6 eggs
splash of milk
salt & pepper
1/3 cup cheddar cheese
1/3 cup mozzarella cheese

Roughly chop half an onion and half of each bell pepper. Heat a medium skillet to Medium High heat, add a turn of olive oil, and then toss in the onions and peppers. Be careful not to let the oil splatter on you when you add in the veg. It can ruin a shirt; I'm just sayin.

While the onions and peppers are browning, crack 6 eggs into a bowl. Sometimes I only use half of the yolks but today I used all of them. It is a special day, after all. Add a splash of milk to the eggs and then beat them a little bit with a fork. Salt and pepper to taste.

Turn on the oven to broil at this point.

When the onions and peppers are browned to perfection, pour the egg mixture over the veg. Leave the egg alone for about a minute to let it start to set up. Drop about half of the cheese into the egg. Then work around the edge with your spatula, letting the liquid egg run under the frittata and set again. I also break through the middle of the frittata so the egg can slide under the bottom there too.

Once the egg looks almost set, still jiggly on top but setting up from the bottom, put it into the oven under the broiler. Remember to wrap the skillet handle with foil if it isn't ovensafe. Now... watch it! It will burn faster than you can blink.

The egg will puff up a bit as it cooks through. Once it looks cooked but just before it browns, sprinkle the remaining cheese on top. Once the cheese browns, you're done!

Take that baby out, slice it up, and enjoy!

Sometimes I brown my veggies with a little bit of garlic and/or throw herbs into the frittata. You really can't go wrong with a frittata.

And... I like to eat the leftovers with ketchup. There. I said it.

Now go forth and breakfast!


Me! said...

I totally figured out what the plate said before I scrolled down! Do I win a prize? That looks like a tasty breakfast I wouldn't mind having right now!

Anonymous said...

mmmm frittata goodness

Evan said...

I still am yet to try a frittata. Am I missing out on much?

Amanda said...

Me!: Yes! You win the knowledge of your better-than-average ability to read plates obscured by food. :)

Evan: Also Yes! I like my frittata's spicier than this one, but even this mild frittata was super tasty. Possibly the best one I've made myself had fried potatoes, sausage, onions, cheddar cheese, parsley, and a drizzle of maple syrup.

jess said...

thanks for my welcome home breakfast, mamba. you're a real pal. i had some leftovers this morning for breakfast also.

Rose at The Bite Me Kitchen said...

I have a Special Plate too!!! We used to ONLY get it on our birthdays. Now it's mine and whenever I need to feel special, I eat off of it ;)

kmari03 said...

of course with ketchup.

Kate said...

As if I weren't thinking of them enough lately, this plate made me think of the Gosselins and their special days.

I don't think I've ever had frittata but maybe I'll be brave enough to try it one of these days. Those strawberries look amazing though.

Amber said...

I don't like eggs, but frittattas and stratas and quiches always look so good. And then I taste them and go "blech!"

one of my friends married into a family where everyone had their own "birthday" plate. For her wedding gift, the family gave her a birthday plate of her very own!

Elissa said...

I've never made a frittata but it does look like a special breakfast. I might try making mini ones!

Amanda said...

I love that so many people have special plates. :)

And shame on you all for not making frittatas on the regular!

Elissa: Mini frittatas would be so easy. You'd just move your veggies from the skillet into a muffin tray before you cover them with egg. But maybe that's more of a souffle since it doesn't cook from the bottom up on the stove? Okay... so maybe I don't know after all. :)