Tuesday, January 11, 2011

A Snowy Morning Country Frittata

I love breakfast and brunch--always have! Today is my day off, and it's a blustery, snowy morning! While still in my flannel pjs I was enjoying the last cup of my Christmas blend coffee, became inspired to make my favorite frittata for breakfast.  MmmMm!  Although, really you can add whatever you like, I decided to make mine pretty healthy by using turkey breakfast sausage instead of regular sausage or bacon (although tried that before and it's great!) and not adding any cheese.  I had a beautiful green bell pepper, sweet red onion and cute little red potatoes so that's what I used!

Basically, a frittata is somewhere between an omlet and a quiche.  It's baked in the oven unlike an omlet, and it has no crust, unlike a quiche.  It's fast, simple and quite delicious!  This is only about the third time for me to make one and every time the ingredients are slightly different but always very tasty!

If you are interested in using turkey sausage, make sure it is the breakfast kind.  It's quite good and doesn't really taste much different than pork.  I love sage in my sausage, and since it doesn't have any in the turkey sausage I add my own. Make note, that since there isn't much fat in it you will need to add extra olive oil to keep from sticking to the pan. You are welcome to use whatever meat sounds good, even canadian bacon would be another healthy option.  Cheese would be a very good add-in.  Something like sharp cheddar, or even parmesan could stand up to the bold flavors in this dish.

Try this simply delicious country frittata with Good Morning Blueberry Muffins or Perfectly Delicious Sticky Buns on your day off for an over-the-top yummy breakfast that's perfect for a snow day!

Country Frittata

Set oven to 350 degrees.

Chop about 1/2 bell pepper, 1/3 onion, and 2 potatoes into small pieces.  I like my onion a bit smaller.  In a 7-10 inch cast iron skillet, add about 1 tbsp. of olive oil over medium-low heat.  Once hot, add potatoes and pepper and saute until soft.  Add a little more olive oil and diced onion and about 1/2 tube of sausage, sage and salt and pepper.  Scramble the sausage and stir together.  Cook until sausage is browned and veggies tender. Scoop out of pan onto a plate and set aside.  Wipe the extra grease out of the skillet (you won't have much at all with turkey sausage, but much more with regular sausage or bacon). and set aside.

In a bowl, crack about 5 eggs and add milk, salt and pepper.  Whisk until combined and frothy.  Put the skillet back on low heat add butter to swirl all around the bottom and even up the sides a bit.  Pour in egg mixture and then sprinkle sausage and veg mixture and parsley.  Put in the oven for about 8 minutes. Enjoy!

Grocery List
Olive Oil
Breakfast Turkey Sausage
Green bell pepper
Red onion
Red or Yukon Gold Potato
Ground Sage
Salt & Pepper


Sarah Grace said...

Leave out the potatoes and you also have the perfect low-carb breakfast dish. :) Either way, it looks entirely too yummy to someone waiting for lunch to get here!!

The Cook said...

So true! Also, just thought that mushrooms would be an amazing substitution for meat if you want a vegetarian meal! So many options:)