Thursday, May 31, 2012

Fun with Leftovers

Wednesday night hubby gets home late so it is typically my night to cook dinner just for me. Although, I don't really enjoy eating alone I have to admit that it is nice to be able to feast on things that I don't get to enjoy as much anymore because he wouldn't eat them. Last night was a little different since hubby said he would eat when he got home rather then picking up something on the fly. So, that changed my dinner plans a little bit. Rather than the curry dish I originally planned to make, I made an Italian frittata that I knew he would like. Either way, I used up a bunch of leftovers and that made me happy. I originally saw this recipe on the "The Galley Goumet" website. I prepared mine almost to the letter (I used fewer eggs and added milk to them. I also used tomatoes with italian seasoning in them) and it was delicious. Hubby didn't eat his serving last night (he ate pizza, the big fibber!) and opted to have it reheated for breakfast this morning. He said it was delicious. So, there you go - a dish thats good any time of day! LOL!

Tuscan Frittata Affogata (adapted from The Galley Gourmet)

10 extra large eggs
1/2 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
8 ounces (1/2 pound) Italian sausage, casing removed
1 medium yellow onion, diced
1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced
2 medium cloves of garlic, crushed and minced
1 cup crushed tomatoes
6 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced
6-8 fresh basil leaves, torn

Preheat the oven to 350º F. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, Parmigiano-Reggiano, salt and pepper. Set aside.

In a 12-inch non-stick skillet over medium-high heat, warm 1 tablespoon of the oil. Cook the sausage breaking up large pieces until browned, 6-8 minutes. Transfer sausage to a separate bowl. Carefully wipe out the pan with a paper towel. In the same pan over medium high heat, warm the remaining tablespoon of olive oil. Sauté onion and pepper until softened, about 10-15 minutes. Add the garlic and continue to cook for another 2-3 minutes. Add the sausage to the pan; pour in the egg mixture. 

Transfer the pan to the preheated oven and bake for 10-15 minutes or until the eggs are just barely set. Carefully remove the pan from the oven. Turn the broiler on and move the oven rack to the highest position. Spread crushed tomatoes over the eggs and arrange the mozzarella on top. Broil the frittata for 3-5 minutes. Carefully remove the pan from the oven. Slide the frittata onto a serving platter. Sprinkle with the torn basil leaves. Enjoy!

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