Kitchen economy: Use any leftover cooked vegetables, grains, or herbs in your fridge for this frittata, then use any leftover frittata for a sandwich the next day.
Vigorously whisk 6 eggs in a medium bowl until streak-free.
Add 5 oz. vegetables, ½ cup grains, 1 oz. grated cheese, and 1 Tbsp. herbs; season with salt and pepper. Mix with a rubber spatula to combine.
Heat 1 Tbsp. oil in a medium nonstick skillet over medium; swirl skillet to coat with oil.
Add egg mixture and cook until edges are set, about 30 seconds.
Using spatula, agitate eggs by scraping bottom of skillet in a small circular motion and bringing edges toward center of pan to form large curds, then let mixture sit undisturbed until edges are set again, about 1 minute.
Reduce heat to low and continue to cook, tilting skillet and lifting edges up with spatula to allow uncooked egg to flow underneath and around sides, until surface is wet but center is mostly set when you shake the pan, about 5 minutes.
Shake skillet to loosen frittata. Place a large plate over skillet and invert frittata onto plate.
Heat remaining 1 Tbsp. oil in skillet over medium, swirling to coat. Slide frittata back into skillet; reduce heat to low. Cook until set all the way through, about 3 minutes.
Let frittata cool in skillet 5 minutes, then invert onto a cutting board.
Season frittata with salt and pepper. Cut into wedges to serve.
Do Ahead: Frittata can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and chill. Bring to room temperature before serving.
Use-It-Up FrittataReviews SectionLove this idea! My approach was a bit minimalist, I didn't use grains and just used a few added ingredients. I used 1 tomato, half a small shallot, and a few sprigs of sage I had leftover. I didn't bother with the flipping, just agitated the curds enough that it cooked through. I like my eggs on the softer side anyway.AnonymousColumbia, SC08/27/19You don’t need to flip the frittata. I simply cook the veggies, add scrambled eggs with a few tbsp of cream, pour, and cover on low-med heat. Covering allows the eggs to cook through. It comes out perfectly in 10 minutes!AnonymousPhiladelphia, Pa07/09/19This recipe doesn’t call for any milk or creme fraiche despite other BA guides vigorously talking about perfect ratios in your frittata... anyway, mine was a failure. Don’t add too many greens and don’t forget cream!AnonymousBrooklyn07/01/18Love this waste-free recipe! Thanks for the tip. #[email protected] Francisco01/11/18
- Kosher salt
- 3 oz. uncooked dried spaghetti (or 1-1/3 cups cooked)
- 2 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 Tbs. unsalted butter
- 1 large or 2 small shallots, trimmed, peeled, and thinly sliced crosswise
- 2 oz. (about 2 cups lightly packed) arugula, stemmed if necessary
- 8 large eggs (preferably at room temperature)
- 2/3 cup heavy cream
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 1 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano (use the large holes on a box grater)
- 2 Tbs. finely chopped fresh mint
- 2 Tbs. chopped fresh parsley
- 2 Tbs. sliced chives
- Calories (kcal) : 320
- Fat Calories (kcal): 220
- Fat (g): 25
- Saturated Fat (g): 1
- Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 2
- Monounsaturated Fat (g): 9
- Cholesterol (mg): 325
- Sodium (mg): 230
- Carbohydrates (g): 13
- Fiber (g): 1
- Protein (g): 13
Difference between omelettes and frittatas
Although frittatas and omelettes are pretty similar, the main difference between the two is how the eggs are finished off. They both start with an egg, meat and veggie filling and are typically cooked on the stove top.
An omelette is typically made for 1 person and is flipped and finished off on the stove. A frittata is made for a crowd and is first cooked on the stove top, then finished off in the oven. You do not flip frittatas…you let them cook all the way through in the oven.
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