Cheat’s Frittata

Afternoon.

My friend K came over for lunch today.  I had a session at the gym to survive this morning (I did survive, although it was a close, sweaty and ugly thing)… and so needed something easy but tasty to cook.  Tasty because K is married to a very good cook and has high standards.

I made cheat’s frittata.  It’s kind of a layered omelette.  Or a cheaty frittata.  You choose.

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Use whatever you like.  The non-negotiable ingredients include eggs, seasoning, butter and milk.

I used some sweet potato, potato, asparagus, antipasto type capsicum and chorizo, pre-sliced.  It’s pretty cheaty.  I also had some parsley to stick on after it was all cooked (high standards, remember?) and some pre-grated parmesan to put in the egg mixture.

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Microwave your root vegetables – I did 5 mins on high.  Your oven might have some fancy pre-set thing that sorts this out for you.  Mine does, too, however I’ve not the faintest clue how to get it to work.

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Slice your veg up.  See above.

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Layer.  Put a good slosh of vege oil in the bottom of an oven-proof frypan, swoosh around so it’s covered all the base.  I layered the sweet potato then put on a layer of chorizo.  Then asparagus and potato, as you can see.  Then another of chorizo and then the rest.

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Pretty, innit?  This is the best it will ever look so take a minute to appreciate it.

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In a bowl crack 6 eggs, put generous amounts of seasoning and cheese, and a slosh of milk to loosen it all up – you want it loose like my friend K gets after too much gin.

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Gently pour the eggy mix over the layered stuff – not too tsunami-like else you’ll shift those carefully placed layers and you can no longer legitimately call it a frittata.  Plonk on some butter.  Cook it over a gentle heat on your stove-top for a bit.

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When you see the edges start to come away, like demonstrated above, it’s time to stick it in the oven.

Sorry – forgot to say – warm your oven up – around Gas Mark 4/5 (180C or so).

Stick it in the oven.  This is why it’s important you use an oven-proof saucepan.  I didn’t just suggest that for the fun of it.

At this point I went to blow dry my hair.  If I don’t do it soon after showering my fringe gets very upset and I just don’t have the right medication to deal with it.  Anyway, basically I’m saying you’ve time to do something like go blow dry your hair for a bit.  Or whatever else it is you men do in the bathroom.

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I guess this was about 7-10 mins after being in the oven – it won’t be entirely fully PROPERLY done yet but it’s almost there.

Cute.

Finish off under the grill, if you can bear it, for a further 5 mins or so or until just ready to the touch.

We ate it with some rocket and balsamic because today we are being middle class.

Forgot to take a photo of the dished up product so below is the leftovers – you can see it loses a little volume as it cools but it tasted bloody good.

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3 thoughts on “Cheat’s Frittata

  1. biondino says:

    We have a FREEZER full of parmesan and you buy some pre-grated?! (little glimpse into the avg baker’s domestic life there)

  2. KB says:

    It was delicious. I had two bits! Kx

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