7 March 2012

Fridge Raider Frittata...

...yesterday and today were work days for me...so dinners have needed to be quick and easy...and preferably able to clear some of the bits and pieces in the fridge...with that in mind I plumped for a frittata on Tuesday...Hubby and I enjoy a good frittata, and I do make 'proper' ones from time to time, but more often than not they are a way for me to use up those leftover veggies in the bottom of the fridge!! Yesterday's was one of those...and was going to be our midweek veggie night meal...however I found some bacon lurking in the fridge, and it just had to be added...but without it would be great too...



I found:
a leek
some celery
a few brussel sprouts
2 half peppers!
some mushrooms   
half a courgette
a few new potatoes
some bacon medallions
and of course some eggs...6 in this case...



So I sliced the potatoes and sprouts with my mandolin then cooked the potatoes in boiling water for about 5 minutes, drained them and left them to cool.
In a large frying pan I cooked the bacon for about 5 mins then I added the leeks and celery, put the pan lid on to get a bit of liquid in the pan...I don't use much oil for this...and softened them for about 8mins.
Then in went the shredded sprouts for a few minutes before I added the peppers and courgettes...another 5 mins cooking to get them softened a bit....
...and in go the mushrooms...followed by the potatoes.
I then realised I had used the wrong pan!!! So had to transfer to a smaller one...before pouring in the 6 seasoned and beaten eggs...
 You need to make sure the eggs cover all the veggies or as much as possible...I give mine a bit of a stir, to get everything coated...
 ...then it's a case of cooking it!! I use a medium/low heat underneath on the hob, plus a medium/high grill to get the top cooked...it varies time wise, depending on thickness and amount of veggies used...last night's took about 10 minutes...ish!
 I had some mozarella left over from pizzas on Monday, so tore it up and popped it on top instead of my usual cheddar...
...under the grill to brown off, and it's done...I like mine to cool for 10 minutes or so before cutting...which is what I did...
It's great with a nice green salad and some crusty bread, for a picnic you can't go wrong with a frittata...it's even great the day after cold...in fact that is exactly what I took to work for my lunch today!! 

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