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how to make a frittata

Call it a frittata or call it an open-face omelet: it makes no difference as long as you call the family to the table to enjoy this versatile dish. A frittata is the perfect dish to serve when a crowd is gathered for a brunch, at dinnertime when just a few of you are hungry, or in the morning when you need a tasty breakfast recipe. As you can see in our frittata cooking video, all of the “good stuff” you add is stirred into the egg mixture, so there’s none of the folding, flipping or turning that a regular omelet requires.

How to Make a Frittata on the Stove Top

The advantage to making a frittata on the stove top is speed: the direct heat from the burner heats your skillet quickly, and the eggs set nicely. A Skillet Frittata can be flavored with any number of add-ins, from bacon to cheese to sautéed green or red bell peppers. The skillet does double duty: Use it to sauté whatever you’re adding, then use it to cook the frittata. Skillet frittatas are often given a quick finish in the oven to set the center of the eggs without overcooking the sides.

How to Make a Frittata in the Oven

Choose the oven to make your frittata when you have a lot of cooking to do on top of the stove and need to free up a burner. A frittata or egg casserole in the oven means you’ve got stove-top space for a griddle filled with pancakes. Oven frittatas can be baked in a skillet, pie pan, shallow casserole dish or made mini in muffin pans like this Veggie Frittata Cups recipe. Be sure to coat the baking dish or pan with cooking spray so you can easily serve the cooked frittata.

Ideas for Frittata Mix-Ins

Once you’ve decided which method for making a frittata you like best, it’s time to get creative. Any combo of meat, veggie and cheese that you would consider putting in a quiche easily can be stirred into the eggs you’ll be cooking. Mix-ins such as bacon or sausage need to be cooked before you stir them in. The same holds true with most vegetables: A raw veggie won’t cook in the eggs, and a crunchy piece of broccoli or onion isn’t a pleasant experience in a warm frittata. Cheese is always welcome, and don’t forget that cream cheese spread can make your frittata extra creamy.

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