What's for lunch? A Refridgerator-Clearer Frittata
Frittatas are a go-to leftover clearer in my house. Leftovers present a challenge to cooks that have finicky eaters in the house. I happen to love finding things to do with them, but I have run across finicky eaters that don't like leftovers, or anything do to with them. Frittatas, which are essentially a baked omelet, are a great disguise for anything that you need to rid of in your fridge.
Last night was a "Wii Kirk" at our little Presbyterian church in Arlington, VA. WE have about one a month in the cooler times of the year. The pastor's wife, St. Cheryl of Shirlington, and I bake a total of about 20 to 30 pizzas for whoever shows up, we set up a big screen with a Nintendo Wii attached for the kids or whomever to play. People bring things to share, like salads, dessert, wine, home brewed beer, etc. It's a grand way to start the weekend!
Anyway, I found myself looking for something to make on Saturday for lunch. These were the things that fell out of my 'fridge, some were left over from the Wii Kirk ...
PREHEAT YOUR BROILER WHILE YOU PREPARE THESE THINGS AND YOU WILL NEED A BROILER SAFE PAN TO PREPARE THIS DISH>
To start I added 1 Tbls of olive oil to a saute pan and heated for a couple minutes over medium heat:
Add, and saute until the onions are translucent:
sauteed peppers and mushrooms
At this time also add whatever herbs/spices you'd like:
I added about 1/2 tsp of salt, some freshly ground pepper and a sprinkling of Italian Seasoning.
Remove from the cooktop, and place under the broiler for 3 to 5 minutes. Don't let it burn, it can happen quickly, so you need to watch it. You can't walk away or you can have a disaster on your hands. Voice of experience here...
SO this is the finished product, this was enough for the two of us, but if you have smaller appetites you could stretch this to feed four - add a salad and some bread, maybe. That's dinner! I served this with my Faux-oli - Mayo, dijon mustard and horseradish and a slice of my Knearly Kno-Knead Bread. It was pretty choice, and my 'fridge is cleared of a LOT of stuff!
You can really put anything you can imagine in a frittata,