Thursday, October 23, 2008
Steak and Potato Frittata
3/4 lb steak tips, seasoned, cooked and cut into bite sized pieces
4-5 cooked baby potatoes, cut into bite sized pieces
1/2 cup milk
salt and pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 350. Whisk together eggs, milk, salt and pepper. Spread the potatoes and steak evenly in a nonstick, oven safe pan. Heat the pan to medium, then add the egg mixture. Cook for a couple minutes, till it's about halfway done. Put it in the oven for 5-10 minutes, till thoroughly cooked. Serve immediately.
For the longest time I didn't know what a frittata was. At least I thought I didn't. Turned out I had been making them for years and just didn't realize it. They are basically an unfolded omelet that is started on the stove and finished off in the oven. Frittatas are a great way to use leftovers since you can just toss whatever you happen to have in them. The recipe above is really a bare-bones one, you can add onions (I didn't put any in since my girlfriend doesn't like them), cheese (I did add some provolone to my half), peppers, broccoli, zucchini, any vegetable really or any number of spices to it. You also don't have to use meat if you aren't into that. Or you can use different meat like ham, sausage, chicken, whatever. I didn't add much seasoning to the eggs because the steak tips were rubbed with onion powder and garlic salt and the potatoes were actually chopped up crash hot potatoes, so there was plenty of flavor going on already. If you want you can stretch it out by adding more eggs, but since there was just the two of us four was more than enough.
So first you need your non-egg stuff. I've got some steak tips here that I had seasoned (as I mentioned), broiled and cut into bite sized chunks. Here I have five crash hot potatoes, also cut into bite sized chunks. I had seasoned the potatoes with salt, pepper and garlic butter just like the recipe I posted. The little bits of browned garlic wound up mixing in with the egg when I poured it on, it was wicked good. Now you just spread everything in the pan. You should use nonstick (it makes it much easier and you don't have to use enough oil to fill a pond) and it has to be oven safe. I'm using the fish skillet a buddy of mine gave me, it works wonders for this recipe. Turn the stove on to medium. While the pan is heating up whisk together the eggs, milk, salt, pepper and any other seasonings you are adding. Once it's hot pour them into the pan. Let it sit for a couple minutes, no stirring. If you want after a while you can lift up the edges to get some raw egg underneath, but I find it isn't needed and it makes the other stuff stick out even farther from the top. Once it's cooked about halfway add cheese if you are going to, toss it into your preheated 350 degree oven and let it cook till it's done how you like it. If you want it runny it will only take a couple minutes, if you want it well done it might take as many as ten. Pull it out and there you go. Frittata. Perfect for any meal or as a gift for that special someone.