Do you have a favorite dish you really enjoy from a restaurant but don’t get to enjoy often? There have been numerous times I began thinking about a specific dish that would “hit the spot” but because of distance or simply because my budget was exhausted for dining out, I do without. Many times, this inspires me to create my own version and often these recipes end up a family and dinner party favorite.
Recently, I’ve wanted to use my cast iron skillet to try a few recipes. The effect you get from using a cast iron skillet is different than if you’re cooking or baking in a stainless or glass pan. In particular I enjoy the almost “grilled” effect, a bit more crisp and lots more flavor. I was reminded of my favorite frittata from a café in Ohio. It’s an entree I almost always order when brunching with friends and it never leaves me disappointed. I can taste it now - crispy crust, fresh herbs, cheese, farm fresh eggs…
So, do you have a dish you enjoy at a restaurant far away? Create your own version! Or maybe your family is on a tight budget these days…snip a few fresh herbs from your garden, gather a dozen farm fresh eggs, and whip up a frittata that will make you proud. I’ve included my recipe to get you started. Who says you have to dine at a nice restaurant to satisfy your taste buds? Set a table with candles and pretty dishes, invite a few friends, make freshly ground coffee and exchange life stories around the table. The frittata will be loved by all, but more importantly you’ll have shared life with some of your favorite people.
1 ¾ C. Half & Half
Add olive oil and ¼ - 1/3 c. butter to skillet and sauté the following on medium heat until tender:
Diced Ham (or meat of choice)
Fresh parsley, oregano, thyme
Coarse sea salt
*Use the proportions of vegetables that you enjoy. Don’t be afraid to try variations of your own. This is a basic recipe.
Once tender, pour whisked egg mixture into skillet. Allow to cook on top of stove briefly (not more than 5 minutes), then put into 425 degree oven and bake until knife inserted in center comes out clean (approximately 15 minutes).
Lodge Logic Cast Iron Skillet