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Dec 30, 2008 11:47 AM

Your best pasta frittata recipes or...

other pasta, potato or rice recipe that can be used as an hors d'oeuvre at an open house. I need to bring something to a New Year's Day open house and hostess's request this morning changed my original plan. She is lacking starch items and so asked for something with potato, pasta or rice.Her other caveat was that it be finger food or just generally easy to eat. I'll need to make it ahead one day for local travel on Thursday as I don't want to start cooking New Year's Day morning. Also, would probably also be easiest if can be served room temp but if it needs to be warmed we can do that too.

I've found a few recipes that have promise including one that is made in small muffin tins but I always value the resident CH cooks' thoughts. If you have a great pasta frittata or other recipe that meets the above criteria please post or direct me to it. FYI - I'm not a "deep fryer" cook and don't have a thermometer for the oil temp.

Thanks and Happy New Year.

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  1. Really? Nothing at all? I've got to shop and cook in the am so need help now if you can.

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    1. re: laylag

      I made this Mushroom Strata for the vegetarians on Christmas eve -- it was really really good. Assemble the night before, bake day of.

    2. How about spinach and linguine fritatta:
      7 or 8 eggs (all or some yolks removed, if desired)
      3/4 cup Locatelli cheese
      1 & 1/4 cup cooked linguine
      3/4 cup frozen chopped spinach
      6 grape tomatoes
      1/4 cup breadcrumbs
      Black pepper
      Non-stick spray
      Butter and/or bacon fat

      Use an oven-safe, 12- or 14-inch frying pan to prepare this. Spray it with non-stick spray. You can’t be too careful in preventing this from sticking, especially if you’re like me and use a cast iron pan that’s older than you are.

      Set oven to broil.

      Combine eggs, about 1/2 cup cheese and plenty of black pepper. When you think you have enough cheese, add more. If the mixture seems to be too thick and pasty, add a few drops of water to reach a thinner consistency.

      Melt butter and/or bacon fat in bottom of pan over medium heat, just enough to cover bottom of pan.

      Stir egg and cheese mixture well once more. Add to pan and cook over medium heat for about a minute. Do not stir very much, but, with a spatula, pull eggs from edges into the center occasionally. We are not going for scrambled eggs here.

      Add linguine and spinach (Yes, straight out of the freezer. Bang it on the counter while still in the bag to break it up), distributing evenly around the pan. Press the linguine and spinach into the eggs a little with the spatula. Press a few tomatoes into the mixture for color and a bit of acidic flavor to cut the richness of this dish.

      When the eggs are beginning to be cooked around the edges, but are still pretty wet everywhere else, top with remaining cheese and breadcrumbs and place under the broiler.

      Broil until eggs are no longer wet, and the frittata is brown and puffy, and a bit crunchy on top. This may take about 15 minutes, but peek at it after 10 minutes.

      This feeds 2 or 3 people, so you may want to increase the recipe. Hope this helps!

      1. have you considered doing a savory bread pudding? also easy to serve as finger food, just cut into bite-sized pieces.

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        1. re: goodhealthgourmet

          Actually, the mushroom strata would be perfect as a finger food as well. Thanks for the idea!