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Frittatas anyone?

What are you favorite combos for frittatas? Anything way-out or 'just' exceptionally delicious in your opinion?

Lately I seem to like zucchini sliced and browned with onions and some chopped peppers for color. I brown them in a mix of olive oil and butter in a cast iron pan over medium heat then I add a mix of about 4 eggs and 8 egg whites w/salt, pepper and chives. I cook it until it sets a little then I add chopped cheese -- cheddar seems to be what I have on hand most often. When it's nearly cooked but still moist on top, I run it under the broiler until it's brown and puffy.

What are your frittata tricks and combos...I'm always looking for new ones.

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  1. My two favorite tricks are mixing the eggs with an old fashioned egg beater or in the blender. Fluffy eggs=fluffy fritta. Also, I put the pan in the oven after the eggs are barely set for the best rise.

    And, a favorite add in is riccota cheese. Also, a good, old western--green pepper, onion, and good ham--always hits the spot.

    1. Tomatoes, basil and cubes of mozzarella. I use the tiny pear shaped tomatoes and leave them whole so that the liquid doesn't make the frittata runny.

      Other favorites - asparagus and parmesan cheese, leftover pasta, mushrooms and onions.

      1. I love leftover potatoes in my frittato, esp. sweet potatoes.

        1. I usually try to keep my fillings minimal, with one vegetable, one cheese and an herb.

          In summer, zucchini, parm and mint is my favorite combo. For more intense flavor I will sweat some shallot or onion first.

          In winter, diced potatoes and leeks with herbed cheese (like Boursin).

          1. I made one recently with cubes of broccoli, cheddar and ham that was very tasty.

            I've found that some minced garlic adds a nice kick.

            I've also made them with red peppers and chunks of potato and onion.

            I like the sound of tomato, basil and mozzarella. That would be a good summer variation.

            1. Frittata is so versatile, you can put anything in them! I've done pretty much everything, including what my husband called kitchen-sink frittata, which had leftover pasta, steamed broccoli and bunch of other stuff.

              I think any version with the addition of some chopped bacon is great. I made a broccoli and bacon frittata that went over really well once.

              1. Lidia Bastianich has a few good ones. Great additions to frittatas are cubes of bread and ricotta. Both these ingredients really make the dish far more substantial. Here's one you can browse: http://recipes.lidiasitaly.com/Produc...

                1. I love the following combos:

                  Roasted butternut squash, rosemary/sage, onions/leeks
                  Cooked rice, spinach, saffron (the cheap powder packet)
                  Sliced sauteed zucchini with pesto, possibly some black olives
                  Apple slices, rosemary, onions
                  Edamame, green onion and nori strips
                  Wild mushrooms and roasted chopped chestnuts

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                  1. re: piccola

                    Piccola, I would love to try the roasted chestnuts and wild mushrooms additions, but, wouldn't *boiled* chestnuts be better? I'm a little concerned about the texture of the roasted ones. The butternut squash sounds great too.

                    1. re: Cheese Boy

                      I can't compare the textures, since I've never tried boiled chestnuts. By all means, boil them - please report back!

                      Basically, I just chuck leftovers in some egg and cook it.

                  2. Whoa, Piccola's suggestions are awesome! I'm totally going to try the butternut squash one.

                    I love frittata and pretty much make one every weekend and eat it for breakfast the whole rest of the week. I save the stems of spinach or cauliflower and broccoli to put in frittata as well. I made a pretty good romanesco with goat cheese one last week.

                    My favorite one by far, though, is based on an epicurious recipe for a chard and cheddar omlette, but I usually make it with beet greens: slice about 6 cloves of garlic, saute in olive oil, add a pinch of crushed red peppers, then chopped up washed beet greens (or chard or spinach) and saute until wilted. Break 6-8 eggs into a bow, with 1/4 cup milk or cream, some salt and pepper and good sharp cheddar cheese. Pour over the veggies and stir so the greens are evenly distributes and bake for 20 mins at 350 degrees. Sometimes I drape prosciutto on top before I bake it.

                    1. My favorite over the summer was fresh corn off the cob, scallions, garlic and basil. Unbelievable. I think I got the recipe from the NY Times possibly - ripped it out of someplace and so glad I did. By far the best one I've come across but alas, only worth making when the corn is in season.

                      1. Wow...there are some great ideas here. Bolletje I was curious how you made that romanesco with goat cheese. Fill us in if you can. Thanks to all!

                        1. I saute some chopped garlic in oil, throw in spinach until it's lightly cooked, add the eggs and sprinkle feta on top when it goes under the broiler. Feta (which I like in almost all of its states) becomes really magical when it gets heated up like that--the flavor and texture change somehow (to me). Mmmmm. It's really basic, but really good.

                          1. In my family they were (pity) only an Easter thing, and asparagus was the main ingredient.

                            1. Wow, great suggestions people!

                              My favorite combo's are;

                              Tomato, fresh basil, and grated Fontina, Pecorino Romano, or Perano, etc.
                              Kale, Swiss Chard, or Spinach and grated parmegian, fontina, e
                              Potato, white onion, and cheese

                              I like the suggestion for fresh mint.

                              For the fluffiest Frittata's I add a tablespoon or two of water (not milk or cream) and place the cast iron pan under the broiler for 4-6 minutes until golden.

                              1. Romanesco w/ goat cheese frittata:

                                sautee a finely diced medium onion in about 3 tb of olive oil until translucent. Add about 2 cups of chopped romanesco and sautee together with onions until softened.

                                beat 6 eggs with 1/4 cup milk or cream, some salt and pepper, some chopped fresh herbs (dill or parsley). Pour into pan and stir to evenly distribute veggies w/ egg mixture. Drop some bits of soft, fresh-tasting goat cheese all over the top of the unbaked frittata.
                                Bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes.

                                1. Roasted peppers and carmelized onions are good, with a handful of Parmesan cheese.

                                  In Vegetarian Cooking... Deborah Madison has a carmelized onion frittata that has a bit of toasted walnuts and parsley in it. It is sprinkled with sherry vinegar. Excellent!

                                  1. I like one from Marcella Hazan's _Marcella Cucina_ that has boiled, riced potatoes and basil.

                                    1. Thanks to everyone. We had a most excellent Chanukah celebration which included the neighborhood carolers coming to our door and singing "Chanukah Oh Chanukah", "I Have A Little Dreidl" and a couple of other Chanukah sogns. The grab bag was a success - movies, books and cd's were a theme and people had terriffic ideas. And best of all the three frittatas (24 people) were all eat. The mushroom/shitake mushroom/leeks/chives and cheddar were a huge hit. The arugula with garlic and fontina delish; and the zucchini and peppers good as well. The spinach pie (Diet for a Small Planet) went over BIG!Bagels, lox and cream cheese with tomatoes, onions etc. are never bad. Huge quantities of latkes, homemade applesauce and sour cream were consumed. And with that I say....and to all a good night!