Fritatta: Stove Top to Oven to Serving in One Pan

Introduction: Fritatta: Stove Top to Oven to Serving in One Pan

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This is a favorite quick dinner in our house, and also a good breakfast. The best thing is, it all happens in just one pan, and cleanup is nothin'!

A fritatta is essentially a baked omelette. Instructions are different depending on whether your oven is gas or electric, but the ingredients are the same:
  • 6-8 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • Black pepper
  • 1 T butter
Plus fillings, which in this case means
  • 6 strips bacon
  • 8 green onions
Everything depends on having a good cast iron skillet. Start by heating and/or cooking the fillings in the pan. I used bacon, so I started it cooking in the pan, then added my onions after it was sizzling. Once the fillings were hot, I pulled them out so I could drain some of the bacon grease. If my fillings were less fatty, I wouldn't bother to do that.

I added some butter to the bacon grease because I like the way it tastes with eggs. My egg mixture is just what I would normally make for scrambled eggs: approximately 1/4 cup milk per 4 eggs, well beaten.

Pour the egg mixture into the center of the pan. This way the fat coats the pan just before the eggs touch the surface. Cook the eggs on the surface until bubbles start coming up at the sides. Add the fillings back in at this point., and grind some fresh black pepper onto it. Once the mixture is drawing away from the edges of the pan all the way around, it's time to move to the oven. Here's where the process differs.

Electric oven
This is definitely my preference. I love a gas range, but gas ovens just don't cook right for me. The oven should be preheated to 350 degrees. When the eggs on the stovetop have been cooked on the bottom, transfer the pan to the oven and bake until the eggs are still shivery. Then turn on the broiler and watch through the cracked-open door. When the top is golden brown and toasty,, it's done!

Gas oven
Since the broiler on a gas oven is underneath, you have to start down there. Cook under the broiler for about 2 minutes, until the top is toasted, and then finish in the oven. This is more fiddly, especially since you can't see how cooked it is on the inside.

However you cook it, when it's done, turn it out of the pan. This is where cast iron really shines, because it doesn't stick at all. For this example, I turned it out into a round baking dish because we were taking it to a party, but I usually do it on a cutting board and use a pizza cutter to slice it. I also add cheese, because cheese is good. :-)

The best part is, you just have to wipe the pan out with a paper towel and let it cool. Sweet!

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    5 years ago on Introduction

    Nice tutorial.

    Anyway it is spelled "Frittata", in case you want to change the text.