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Feb 7, 2013 10:52 AM

Another Successful Frittata

I often make a frittata for lunch. My frittate (plural in Italian) have one unusual ingredient because of my cholesterol problem. That ingredient is dried egg whites that are purchased from an online purveyor in a large container because I frequently use eggs. An ovenproof skillet is also used to make the frittata. My frittate do not require flipping.


Measuring spoon for 1 Tablespoon
A regular fork
2 cup capacity measuring cup
1 cup capacity measuring cup with 1 fluid ounce markings
Old-fashioned 10½” cast iron skillet
1 silicone spatula
1 plastic spatula
pot holders or oven mitts


4 level Tablespoons of dried egg whites (equivalent of 6 eggs)
7 fluid ounces of warm water
3 whole eggs
2 heaping teaspoons of grated Pecorino Romano cheese
Canola oil to cover bottom of skillet
1 medium onion, diced
1 4-ounce can of mushrooms, drained and chopped
About a dozen thin slices of packaged pepperoni sausage, sliced in wedges
Grated mozzarella cheese


Do the following well in advance of cooking the frittata. Measure the dried egg whites into the large measuring cup. Add half of the warm, not hot, water to the egg whites and stir well with the fork until the clumping whites are well wetted. Add the rest of the water to the cup and stir well. The egg whites do not easily go into solution. Allow the mixture to sit for a while with the fork immersed in the mixture, stir every so often until the egg whites have completely gone into solution.

Add each of the 3 whole eggs to the egg white solution one at a time. Beat the egg well before adding the next egg.

Add small amounts of the Pecorino Romano and stir into the solution. It takes about 4 additions thus preventing the clumping of the cheese.

Preheat the skillet at medium low heat on the cook top (stove). Sauté the diced onion until it is translucent. Evenly distribute the chopped mushrooms and pepperoni wedges in the skillet. Add some dabs of butter around the skillet near the edges. When the butter has melted evenly add the egg and cheese mixture to the skillet. Preheat the broiler.

When it can be seen that the bottom of the mixture is set, remove the skillet to the broiler. Allow the mixture to brown, but not burn. It will puff up a bit which is OK. Remove the skillet from the oven, and turn off the broiler element. Add the mozzarella to the top of the frittata, put the skillet back into the warm oven until it is seen to have melted. Use the plastic spatula to cut the frittata into wedges after removing skillet from the oven, and serve.

I usually eat three quarters of the frittata for lunch. The other quarter of it becomes a snack at a later time.

Buon appetito!

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  1. CD.......
    I have been making Fritatta for almost 30 years, and have been able to incorporate so many different ingredients, from all kinds of veggies to meats, cheeses, and even tofu...The method I use is the same as yours, except that I use only whole eggs, seperate them and whip the whites with a stick blender, then the yolks get beaten in a spearate bowl, then mixed in . Don't forget your salt and pepper in the eggs , and sometimes a little heavy cream for a nice smooth finish...

    Of late, I have been making a classic pepper and potato; Tofu, white onion and a tinsy dash of curry powder; feta cheese, spinach, and sliced black olives...

    So flexible and so delish!

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    1. re: PHREDDY

      Thanks for your input. The cheese is salty so I don't add more salt. Most times my frittata has some hot pepper sauce added which I use instead of black pepper.

      BTW, I think a stick blender is the greatest. I save wide mouth glass jars that will accommodate the stick blender so that there is less waste and easier cleaning than using a food processor. I make pureed chili sauce with rehydrated chiles and some home grown ghost peppers (Bhut jolokia). This puree is used in chili as well as other preparations.

      1. re: ChiliDude

        I have a Cuisinart stick blender that came with a mini food it for all things , especially if I have to chop herbs, sprices and some aromatic veggies....

    2. Well, I am a frittate newbie, but eager to learn so add some of your flavour combos, please.

      My daughter is a pro cook and she made a delicious one for lunch the other day, more by inspiration than by recipe. I enjoyed it so much I came home and started searching on-line for a recipe to match my ingredients and taste. You frittata-experienced types will get the idea right away.

      Spinach and Goat Cheese Frittata on a Sweet-Potato Hash.

      I added coriander as suggested which was a great flavour "pop" and I also smoothed out the goat cheese (which I always find a bit over-powering) with half Boursin, another good melting cheese.

      DH who often turns up his nose at the notion of an omelette as supper, was happy to chow down on the frittata which is more substantial for a meal-with-salad.

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      1. re: LJS

        Congrats! The nice thing about making a frittata is that so many variations are possible. It's a good way to use leftovers rather than discarding them. This egg dish brings out the creativity in people.

        Thanks for your reply...

      2. Marinated artichoke hearts, quartered, makes a nice addition. I use a bit of the jarred oil to saute any other ingredients.