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Mac and cheese frittata

Mac and cheese frittata

You may think this sounds crazy, but hear me out.

Comfort food. Simple, familiar, satisfying. I think a basic frittata can be comfort food. But what is perhaps the ultimate comfort food? Macaroni and cheese. So why not make a macaroni and cheese frittata?

I like to use a mix of cheeses. This time it was cheddar, Gruyere, and Parmesan. The previous time I made this I used some goat cheese rather than the Parmesan. So use what you have and what sounds good.

Macaroni and cheese is often made with a crumb crust, so this time I topped the frittata with some buttered bread crumbs. Or you can just top with some extra cheese, which I have also done.

Mac and cheese frittata

3/4 cup cooked macaroni (about 1/3 cup or a bit more uncooked)
1/4 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1/4 cup shredded Gruyere
1/4 cup grated Parmesan

3 eggs
oil

1/2 tablespoon melted butter
2 tablespooons bread crumbs

Put the eggs into a good-sized mixing bowl and beat just to mix them up. Add a bit of oil to the pan and let it get hot. Add a small amount of the eggs to the pan to set the bottom of the frittata to prevent sticking. Turn the heat down to medium low. Mix the macaroni and the cheese into the eggs. Pour the mixture into the pan. Cook this for about 5 minutes to set the bottom and sides.

Preheat the broiler. Mix the bread crumbs with the melted butter. When the 5 minutes cooking on the stove are up, sprinkle on the buttered bread crumbs and place the pan under the broiler, about 6 to 7 inches below. Cook until the top is set and just starts to brown. This is about 1–1/2 to 2 minutes for me, but watch closely.

Remove from the broiler, loosen up the sides with a spatula if necessary, and slide the frittata out onto the serving plate.

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Cauliflower and cheddar frittata

Cauliflower and cheddar frittata

It is quite common to see cauliflower served with a cheese sauce. So a cauliflower and cheese frittata was an obvious choice. This is, of course, very similar to the broccoli and cheddar frittata made earlier.

A few comments: Remember to make the cauliflower pieces sufficiently small to work in the frittata. The 2 minutes of cooking seems to be about right–you want the cauliflower cooked but still firm. Finally, I included more cheese in this than in my other frittatas with cheese. I wanted this one to be really cheesy.

Cauliflower and cheddar frittata

1 heaping cup small cauliflower florets, 3/4-inch or less
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese plus a little more for the top

3 eggs
oil

Drop cauliflower florets in boiling water. Cook for 2 minutes. Drain.

Put the eggs into a good-sized mixing bowl and beat just to mix them up. Add a bit of oil to the pan and let it get hot. Add a small amount of egg mixture to the pan to set the bottom of the frittata to prevent sticking. Turn the heat down to medium low. Mix the cauliflower and cheddar into the eggs and pour the mixture into the pan. Cook this for about 5 minutes to set the bottom and sides.

Preheat the broiler. When the 5 minutes cooking on the stove are up, sprinkle on some additional cheese and place the pan under the broiler, about 6 to 7 inches below. Cook until the top is set and just starts to brown. This is about 1–1/2 to 2 minutes for me, but watch closely.

Remove from the broiler, loosen up the sides with a spatula if necessary, and slide the frittata out onto the serving plate.

Egg McMuffin frittata

Egg McMuffin frittata

McDonald’s iconic breakfast sandwich, the Egg McMuffin, consists of Canadian bacon, an egg, and cheese on an English muffin. Anything with eggs calls out to me as being an idea for a frittata. And Canadian bacon and (especially sharp cheddar) cheese make a very tasty frittata.

Egg McMuffin frittata

3 slices of Canadian bacon cut into bite-sized pieces (about 1/2 cup)
1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese plus a little more for the top

3 eggs
oil

Put the eggs into a good-sized mixing bowl and beat just to mix them up. Add a bit of oil to the pan and let it get hot. Add a small amount of the eggs to the pan to set the bottom of the frittata to prevent sticking. Turn the heat down to medium low. Mix the Canadian bacon and shredded cheddar cheese into the eggs and pour the mixture into the pan. Cook this for about 5 minutes to set the bottom and sides.

Preheat the broiler. When the 5 minutes cooking on the stove are up, sprinkle a bit more of the cheese on the top. Place the pan under the broiler, about 6 to 7 inches below. Cook until the top is set and just starts to brown. This is about 1–1/2 to 2 minutes for me, but watch closely.

Remove from the broiler, loosen up the sides with a spatula if necessary, and slide the frittata out onto the serving plate.

Broccoli and cheddar frittata

Broccoli and cheddar frittata

This is a simple frittata inspired by another one of my favorite basic quiche recipes. I think this is a good example of how very simple can be very good.

Just a couple of quick notes. Be sure to cut up the broccoli florets into nice, very small pieces. Remember that the frittata is not that thick. Sticking out above the top of the eggs is ok, but you don’t want large pieces of broccoli overwhelming the eggs. In addition, I strongly encourage you to use sharp cheddar cheese. I think that the tangy flavor really makes this frittata.

Broccoli and cheddar frittata

1 heaping cup small broccoli florets, 3/4-inch or less
2/3 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese plus a little more for the top

3 eggs
oil

Drop broccoli florets in boiling water. Cook for 1 minute. Drain and rinse with cold water.

Put the eggs into a good-sized mixing bowl and beat just to mix them up. Add a bit of oil to the pan and let it get hot. Add a small amount of egg mixture to the pan to set the bottom of the frittata to prevent sticking. Turn the heat down to medium low. Mix the broccoli and cheddar into the eggs and pour the mixture into the pan. Cook this for about 5 minutes to set the bottom and sides.

Preheat the broiler. When the 5 minutes cooking on the stove are up, place the pan under the broiler, about 6 to 7 inches below. Cook until the top is set and just starts to brown. This is about 1–1/2 to 2 minutes for me, but watch closely.

Remove from the broiler, loosen up the sides with a spatula if necessary, and slide the frittata out onto the serving plate.