Grandpa’s Frittadas or “Give Me a Dozen Eggs & some Leftovers & You’ll Think I’m a Genius”

 Grandpa’s Frittadas or “Give Me a Dozen Eggs & some Leftovers & You’ll Think I’m a Genius”

My grandmother to this day is very protective of her kitchen, however, often when she went out shopping my grandfather would make these delicious Frittadas and invite my mom & I over for lunch since we lived right across the street. While when my grandfather made these he almost always added a couple of cans of asparagus to it as the primary ingredient, but it’s even better when you’re using it as a vehicle to foist leftovers yet again onto your children. Anything that’s edible can go in there, for example last night I made a particularly delicious one that used leftover roast pork, turnip greens & potatoes from Monday’s dinner; just dice the filling & toss it in. These things make great sandwiches or dinner when you’re too tired/lazy/depressed to do real cooking.


1 dozen eggs

1 medium onion diced to bits

½ cup milk

a couple of handfuls of bread crumbs

3 teaspoons pepper

1/8 cup grated cheese (any really dry Parmesan or Romano will do)

3 tablespoons of dried basil

3 tablespoons of dried oregano

3 tablespoons dried parsley

a pinch of thyme

several shakes of Mrs. Dash & Badia Complete

a few shakes of garlic powder

olive oil

and most importantly you need a frying pan that is safe to put into your oven, like a cast iron skillet or something.

The above is the framework for the Frittada, to this you add about one full dinner plate’s worth of diced “stuff”; preferably leftovers or anything previously cooked so all that you will really need to do is firm up the egg mixture then serve.

To cook this is significantly easier than pie. Generously coat the pan with olive oil & sweat the minced onion, add the lucky leftovers to the pan & season to taste, mix up everything but the “filling” in a mixing bowl (the eggs, milk, grated cheese, bread crumbs etc.), pour into the frying pan and cook slowly on low/medium heat depending on your stove. You don’t want to stir it too much, this isn’t scrambled eggs, just stir in the eggs & leave it alone so it will set; also it’s a good idea to pre heat your oven, set to broiler at 450 degrees. When the frittada seems pretty much cooked through, place it under the broiler and check it in 10 minutes, again depending on your stove, you’ll probably need to put it back in for an additional five minutes to brown the top. It’s simple and a real crowd pleaser. Now that I’m done typing this I can go back to panicking about my family’s upcoming financial ruin.


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