Sunday, April 07, 2013

Fabulous & Kid-Friendly "Surprise" Frittatas

This frittata recipe was inspired from a South Beach Diet recipe I had stored in my memory. Here is the original recipe.

It is Sunday and we spent the entire day out about about on the town. I still haven't done the grocery and our fridge is EMPTY...sort of. I saw we had eggs and told the kids we were going to make an omelette. 

In Bolivia we had an informal tradition of making an omelette on Sunday with ingredients we had in the refrigerator. That was the idea today...but then I started thinking that an omelette was difficult for the kids to make and honestly I am awful at making omelettes...not once have I been able to make it look like a real omelette. It is really quite sad.

So in an attempt to involve my kids and have a "prettier" meal I opted for frittatas. I remembered I had done this like a billion years ago when I was doing the South Beach diet. I really didn't remember the recipe just the general idea. So I just decided to invent something.

The boys were very excited about making mini-omlettes in the cupcake pan. They had a blast "decorating" the frittatas. First we scoped out the fridge to see what we could find. Luka picked Gouda cheese and salami slices. I got some Parmesan cheese and red peppers.

So this was my recipe to make roughly 5 large frittatas (I used a muffin pan, larger than a cupcake pan).

Ingredients 
- 8 Eggs
- Red pepper
- Salt
- Pepper
- Milk
- Gouda Cheese
- Grated Parmesan Cheese
- Salami Slices

Directions:
PREHEAT OVEN TO 180 degrees Celsius.
1. Beat eggs and add a couple of splashes of milk. Add salt and pepper to taste.
2. Cut 1/2 a red pepper into tiny pieces...along with the salami, Gouda cheese. Basically anything you want to throw in there just chop up.
3. Butter the pan. I would have used Pam, but I can't find that here.
4. Pour the eggs into the pan.
5. Now is the fun part...go ingredient by ingredient and ask the kids to sprinkle in each egg cup.
6. The last think I do is sprinkle grated Parmesan cheese over the top.
7. Bake for about 30 minutes or until you see the top brown a little, but not too much because then it is dried out. I would follow the time on the original recipe just to be sure.

That's it...there you go. Dinner for whole family!

I went ahead and spruced it up a little with some things I had in the fridge. Cucumbers for arms and legs. Carrot for lips. Raisins for eyes. Some cooked rice I had left over for the hair.

The boys loved it. Maybe next time I will follow the original recipe more closely, but it was fun to experiment. I think next Sunday we will make Surprise Frittatas again..surprise because you never know what we will have left in the fridge next Sunday. I am secretly hoping we have goat cheese or feta and maybe some prosciutto. Yum!

As I wrap up this post I am also thinking this would be a quick and super fun way to make eggs for a brunch. You could offer some options for vegetarians and meat lovers alike. Oh, I really want to host a brunch now.

PS Oh, oh I hope I spelled Frittata correctly, if not I misspelled it a bunch of times...ha ha.

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