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Spinach Frittata – With Help July 7, 2009

Posted by Toy Lady in Cooking, Food, random stuff.
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So the other night, while we were thawing meat for the holiday smoking extravaganza, we got to a point where we were NOT going to try to cram anything else in the fridge – in fact, we were working very hard to get stuff OUT of the fridge.

Still are, actually.  🙄

So anyway, I found a recipe for a Spinach and Bacon Frittata and I said to myself,

Self, we have some bacon in the fridge, some spinach in the garden, and, of course, eggs.  Let’s try this.  😯

So we put it on our menu plan. Sort of, anyway.  😀

And I got home from work and Surly Boy had someplace to go, or something to do, or something . . . and he wanted to know whether we could have dinner early.

Sure.  You wanna help?  😉

And so he did.

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I know, right?  😯

First, we picked some spinach from the garden.  After all, you can’t have spinach frittata without spinach, now can you?  😆

We cleaned it and soaked it in some cold water in the sink.

While the spinach was soaking, getting clean, I dug about a half pound of bacon our of the fridge.

PhotobucketNow I know this may look like just a few slices of bacon, but actually, it’s a few slices of Burger’s Smokehouse thick-sliced country bacon, and it is fabulous.  And there are about 8 slices to a pound.

So anyway, the 4 slices or so of bacon got chopped into, well,  lardons , to be fried for flavor and fat.

Meanwhile, while the bacon is frying, we preheated the oven to 450° and I had The Boy whisk 8 eggs with 1/4 cup of milk and a teaspoon each of salt and pepper.

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He said he wanted to help, right?  He should know how to work a whisk anyway.  😉

PhotobucketOnce the bacon is reasonably cooked, we added the onion – in this case, it was about half a red onion that had been residing in the fridge – diced fairly coarsely, right into the bacon grease.

The cool thing about this dish is that it kind of builds on itself – first you fry the bacon, then you add the onions.

PhotobucketWhen the onions are fairly soft, you add the spinach.

Cook that until it’s well-wilted, about 2 minutes.

Stir the bacon-onion-spinach mixture, then have Surly Boy add the egg mixture.

Or get whatever Boy you have available.  😉

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And if you have it easily available, it won’t hurt to add a few grinds of nutmeg – nutmeg and spinach play well together.  I’m not sure why, but they just do.   Trust me.  🙄

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Shake the pan until everything is fairly even looking, then you’ll just want to lower the heat and let the whole mess cook about 5-10 minutes or so, until the egg mixture has set around the edges.  Shake the pan to make sure it’s not sticking, if you want.  I’m actually not very good at that, but Peeps is aces at it.  Nothing dares stick to the pan when he’s around.  😯

Once the edges of your frittata set in the pan, but are not stuck, just shove it in the oven (remember how we preheated it?) for about 5 minutes, or until the whole thing is set.

PhotobucketThen, and this is the good part, sprinkle some cheddar cheese over the top and shove it back in the oven until the cheese is all melty and GBD.  I do love cheese, don’t you?  🙂

Remove from the oven and give the frittata a few minutes to set before you cut it.

We cut ours into six wedges, which was perfect for three people, but less perfect if you were hoping for leftovers for lunch.  😥

That’s OK, though – it was a delightful, light and ultimately simple summer dinner, one that we can easily repeat and adapt to whatever veggies we have on hand.

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And surprisingly, The Boy was also satisfied with what was, essentially, scrambled eggs with spinach – I suspect the fact that he helped with dinner had something to do with that. . .

Huh.  It really is never too late to start getting your kids involved in the kitchen, is it?  😯

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Comments

1. judy - July 10, 2009

I could do this! Seriously, a man who can cook anything is a treasure. Mine does do too much except grill but he can really do eggs benedict on Christmas morning! Go SB.

Toy Lady - July 10, 2009

You know, I’ve been trying to tell him that for YEARS.

But what do I know – I’m just his mom. 🙄


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