Frittata Sundays {clean out the ‘fridge delight!}

During the week we have a night or two we call “dinner on your own”, “make what you want” etc. It serves many purposes: independence in child, freedom from mom feeling like she must cook or the family will starve, eliminating waste, and encouraging creativity in all of us! Some devine creations have come out of these nights. It’s also funny to see how out of sync we can get – one of us with cereal, another with a sandwich and the third with spaghetti!). Those out of sync nights are further proof that “dinner on your own” “make what you want” was the best decision.

On Sundays I usually enjoy is using up all the little odds and ends in the ‘fridge and making a meal. Today the items begging to be used up are:

  1. 1 zucchini
  2. 1/2 yellow bell pepper
  3. 1/3 large red onion
  4. 8 olives
  5. 1 cup of mushrooms
  6. 1/3 of a rope of smoked turkey sausage

Other items I have on hand:

  1. Sambal Oelek chili paste (yummm)
  2. 1 dozen fresh-from-the-chicken eggs

Clearly Frittata time!! I love making frittatas and my family loves eating them. It’s awesome on it’s own, with toast, in an english muffin, cold, as filling in a “grilled frittata”, made just like a grilled cheese! As long as you have eggs, you can enjoy frittata for breakfast lunch or dinner, any season, using items your have on hand. We like to do frittata themes such as Mexican, Italian, From the Garden, Green Items Only, etc.

I preheat the oven to 400 degrees, put some oil in the pan, toss in the onions and listen for the satisfying sizzle heard when oil meets onion! After the musical sizzle, I then toss in the rest of the chopped ingredients (listed in items 1-6 above, for this go around). It smells great very quickly! (side note: this mixture is also awesome for a pita-pizza topping. Get yourself some Trader Joe’s pitas and top w/ some sauce, this mixture and some cheese and stick it in the oven for individual pizzas!)

While the chopped goods are on the stove I crack 9 eggs into a bowl and add 1 TBSP of Sambal Oelek and mix it all up. (Fresh eggs are all odd sizes. If you use regular large sized eggs I think 8 eggs is enough.) Today I am out of Sriracha sauce and decided to buy Sambal Oelek (S.O.), both made by Huy Fong Foods, which originated in Los Angeles, Ca.  S.O. is supposed to be a concentrated version of our usual refrigerator must-have (Sriracha). It actually packs a little less heat, so next time I will use 2 TBPS, but this chili sauce is awesome, we love it!

Add 1 cup of shredded cheese (cheddar was in the ‘fridge so that’s what I used) to the egg bowl and mix it in.

Dump the egg mixture to your pan after the goods in the pan are sautéed to your satisfaction (I always put in the eggs when the zucchini is good enough to eat!). I let the eggs and veggies sit at medium heat in the pan for about 4 minutes.

Eggs will look set a bit – but only around the edges. I slide the entire pan into the oven at 400 degrees and leave it in there about 12 minutes. After 10 minutes you can take the pan out, add about 1/3 cup cheese and put the pan back in for the remaining 2 minutes or so. I did not do that with this one!

A very protein-riffic meal with tons of veggies and goodness. Such little effort and the rewards are big: a dinner, some lunches and another dinner out of one easy pan!

A clean refrigerator, a happy husband, full child and barely any dishes to do! Frittata Sunday, we love you. What’s your go-to Sunday dinner? Is it made at home or at your parents, or at a fancy seafood or steak joint? Wherever you have it, there is nothing quite like a Sunday evening meal.

Have a great week everyone! Click below to make the pictures BIGGER and enjoy a little eye-feast meal ’cause the fixins’ are good!!


2 comments on “Frittata Sundays {clean out the ‘fridge delight!}

  1. Elisia
    June 4, 2012

    Very impressive! Thanks for the frittata reminder. I make mine in the oven~

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