Ciao! My name is Yolanda and I'd like to welcome you to my Blog! I have always had a love for cooking, baking and eating. This blog is mainly a place for me to record and share precious family recipes from those living and deceased as well as delicious recipes that my friends have given me throughout the years.


Saturday, March 7, 2015

Sweet Pepper and Zucchini Frittata

A frittata I guess you can say is sort of like an omelet in a way because it is filled with different veggies and requires many eggs.   Some differences are that it is not folded over like an omelet, doesn't  typically have melted cheeses inside, and is traditional not made for breakfast.  In Italy My relatives served frittata during dinner time along with other foods of course.  This is because Lunch time in Italy is the largest meal of the day and at night for dinner something lighter is served.  Pasta for example is almost never served for dinner.   Frittatas were always a common snack or lunch item in my house growing up.  My mom would make it with  all different types of vegetables such as peppers, zucchini or spinach.  She would make sandwiches out of it or we would just eat it with some crust slices of bread.  What I love about  making frittatas is that you can eat them at room temperature,  use whatever fresh vegetables are in season or whatever you have in your fridge at the time.  A frittata is quick and simple to make, but does require some technique practice.  Once you get the feel for making a perfect frittata, you will find yourself making them more often than you realize. 
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* 9 Large Eggs
* About 2 cups of thinly sliced Zucchini (I like to buy the small zucchini, but if your store only has large ones then cut the circles in half after you slice them.) 
* 1/2 of a Red Bell Pepper
* About 1/4 Cup of Sliced Cooking Onion
* Freshly Grated Parmesan Cheese is optional (I leave it out)
* 5 TBSP of good quality Extra Virgin Olive Oil
* Salt and Pepper to Season
* A 12 Inch Skillet
* a 10-12 inch Round Plate
* A Rubber Spoon or Spatula
* Cut your Zucchini into semi thin slices.
* Cut your Red Pepper into small thin slices.
* Cut your onion into thin slices.
* Pour all 5 TBSP of Extra Virgin Olive Oil into a 12 inch Skillet on Medium Heat.
* Saute the Zucchini, Peppers, and Onion for about a minute.
* After about a minute, lower the temperature to about a Medium-Low heat and Season with Salt and Pepper and continue cooking until tender. This takes about 8 minutes (I like to taste the veggies to make sure they are salted enough).
* Meanwhile, Crack the Eggs in a bowl and whisk them well with a fork.  Season the Eggs with Salt and Pepper.
* Once the Veggies are Tender, pour the Egg into the Skillet (There should be no need to add more Olive Oil, because there should be just enough left in the pan already).
* Now it is time for the technique to come in! Take your spoon or spatula and gently lift up the set potions of your frittata and let any egg mixture that is not set run into the space you have created.  This will help everything cook evenly.  If there is a bunch of egg still in the center, then I make tiny slits in the middle to let the egg seep in the pan and form a layer.  
 * Once the egg is just slightly runny on top, take your plate, put it over the frittata in the skillet and carefully flip it over onto the plate.
* Quickly slide it back into the pan and let it cookie for just 1 more minute and then slide it back onto the plate (I quickly rinse my plate off before sliding the frittata back onto it).
* I like to use my pizza cutter and slice it into 8 even pieces and serve it alongside some crust Italian Bread or make sandwiches out of it.  You can enjoy this hot or at room temperature and then refrigerate whatever you do not eat.  

~*~ Enjoy~*~

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