scaling up a Frittata from a recipe
I am cooking a recipe today from the Smitten Kitchen cookbook. It is a feta/bacon/potato frittata. I am bringing it to a potluck gathering later today for people who enjoy exploring new cookbooks.
It is my first frittata, and my first major recipe using my newish cast iron Lodge 10SK pan. I have seasoned it multiple times with bacon fat and then baked/cooled it as per posts on this site.
So, I see that the frittata recipe is actually for a 9" cast iron pan. I know I am being paranoid, but as I tend to always have at least one screw up per new recipe I thought I would come to you guys for advice first.
Do you recommend I use the ingredients as per the recipe and watch it carefully since it may cook quicker, or scale up the ingredients slightly? Any pointers on what to look for to say the frittata is done, as this is my first one?
Agreed. A frittata is (almost) foolproof. I've made a bunch, and never once measured anything. Sometimes it rises over the pan, sometimes it doesn't reach the top. Either way, when you flip it out of the pan, it is always round and always looks great. If your pan is bigger, just add more filling or another egg or two. Feta/bacon/potato sounds great, enjoy!
The frittata will be a bit thinner, but that's no big deal. You can add 2 eggs if you want it thicker.
A "recipe" for a frittata is very general. You can do or add whatever you wish.
I will cook the bacon first in the cast iron pain, and then assemble the actual frittata in the same pan. She instructs you to leave the bacon fat in the pain and even add a little more olive oil. I was worried it was going to be too much fat (!), but I will follow this. I layer the already partially cooked/roasted potato slices on top of the bacon fat, before adding the cheese/spring onions/bacon and eggs.
The recipe instructs serving from the pan, so one challenge will be carrying my hot cast iron over to the pot-luck. I have a box with towels ready, as other posters have recommended on other threads.
I never even knew what a frittata was until a couple of weeks ago. I'm looking forward to hear how yours turns out as I'm planning to try my first one this week! I will definitely use feta since it was highly recommended here! Good luck!
Do you literally "flip" it out of the pan?
I would anticipate disaster trying to flip a heavy, hot cast iron... am I a weak worry wort?
I also thought that the structure of this frittata was unusual, and might be better served in the pan. It has a "crust"/base of layered sliced potatos, that might separate/collapse if I flipped it.
Or are you suggesting it is possibly to slide it out of the cast iron, if the pan has been greased up enough?
How do you cook the other side then, if you don't flip it? You do have to have strong wrists though.
Traditionally Italian frittata is always flipped onto a plate when the bottom starts to brown, and then slid back into the pan with a lid on for a couple of minutes to fluff up and finish.
It's looking good. Still cooking....
Very colorful, edges bubbling from the bacon fat.
Here's a link to the Smitten Kitchen recipe on another blog.
Using my 10SK pan, I used an additional egg, closer to 3/4 cup feta instead of 2/3, another scallion, and a couple more small potatoes. Oh, and more bacon... but I would have done that anyway.
Thanks again to everyone for their suggestions!
My frittata was a success, but could be improved.
I used too much bacon (! if that is possible). I used the delicious, smokey applewood bacon (bits) from Trader's. It overpowered the subtlety of the feta. Also, it was so fatty that there was too much leftover bacon fat in the pan for cooking the frittata. I should have poured out some of it before starting to assemble the frittata in the pan, but since I was scaling up slightly and the recipe didn't specify how much fat should be there, I was clueless. So I actually had to pour out quite a bit of the remaining fat (!) after cooking, before bringing it to the potluck. I guess this is the danger of cooking the bacon first in the cast iron, and then assembling the frittata in the same pan.
But overall it was very tasty, very satisfying.
It wasn't hard to get a piece out of the cast iron, but some did stick. And I didn't bring the pan home for a few hours, and by then I had a hard time cleaning it with just water. I broke down in the end and used a little soap. The beautiful patina of my nicely seasoned pan was lost, I think due to the stuck food more than the soap. I re-seasoned it/baked it last night, but it doesn't look as nice.
I guess I'll need to cook more bacon
If you ever get food stuck to the cast iron again, just dump some kosher salt or coffee grounds in to scrub it off, that's how I clean mine. Also, after I scrub mine, I always wipe it with Crisco and put it on on a low burner for 20 minutes or so. Also, I would probably make the bacon in a seperate pan, or a few hours before, then add it at the last minute. But overall, it sounds like your frittata was successful! They get a lot easier :)