Top Chef Meals: The Delightful Frittata

The Delightful Frittata

If you're a fan of eggs, you might just be a fan of the frittata. What exactly is a frittata? The short answer is “an Italian dish made with fried beaten eggs, resembling a Spanish omelet” (thanks, Google dictionary!). The longer answer is a frittata is an egg-based Italian dish similar to the omelet, crustless quiche, and scrambled eggs that have ingredients like meat, cheese, or veggies. The word “frittata” loosely translates to “fried”. So, a somewhat fried absolutely delish quiche-like delight!

There are 4 main differences between the frittata and an omelet. Here's how you can tell the difference:
1. In frittatas, ingredients are combined with the raw egg mixture (mixed before cooking) while in an omelet, ingredients are typically laid over a mostly cooked egg mix before the egg is folded.
2. In frittatas, eggs are beaten more vigorously to allow more air. This makes for fluffier eggs!
3. In frittatas, the egg mixture is cooked longer than an omelet – about 5 minutes but up to 15 minutes (or until the bottom is set but the top is still runny).
4. In frittatas, the top of the egg is set by either being turned over in full or baked for about 5 minutes.

Pretty minor differences overall but it makes for a different taste. And if you love eggs, the frittata will instantly be your friend. Here are some quick'n'easy frittata recipes you can try out so you can see the difference.

20-MINUTE FRITTATA - this delicious looking frittata involves potatoes, bacon, spinach, & cheese. Yes, please!

VEGETABLE FRITTATA - packed with peppers, onions, & spinach this frittata is perfect for any meal of the day!

BACON CHEESE FRITTATA - the name says it all; bon appetit!

GARDEN FRITTATA - this colorful frittata is packed with veggies & low-fat so you don't need to feel an ounce of guilt for enjoying it.

BROCCOLI FRITTATA - broccoli makes a fabulous addition to almost any meal; add it to your frittata and you've got this lovely recipe that's delicious AND nutritious.

There are PLENTY of other frittata recipes out there you can enjoy and, really, once you get the base of it down you can feel free to add whatever you like. Go wild, experiment! Have fun and enjoy the process of cooking and eating well! Till next time!

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