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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

You did it Again Mom! Recipe

It's the same old scene in our house nearly every night of the week and I'd be willing to bet it's not unlike your house. You know, the rushing to get home, coupled with the "what on earth is there to eat in the house," combined with hungry children who are starved for food and attention. All of that makes for a stressful situation which is why I usually have dinner thought out well before I walk in the door.

However, it can't be that way every night. I can't always know ahead of time what to make and nor can you, I'm sure. There are curve balls and there are changes in plan and all these things need to be appreciated and dealt with with relative ease.

Tonight there was a change in plan due to unforeseen circumstances and I stared into the fridge and wondered what to make when I saw the best thing there is in that kind of scenario: eggs. A frittata, it would be!

It was just me and the kids tonight and my children so lovingly announced that I had done it again! And they proceeded to eat all of their dinner. I discovered the trick to the William-Sonoma special frittata pan - you must spray both pans with non-stick cooking spray! I had never thought of that before.

Prosciutto and Smoked Cheddar Frittata
1/2 cup baby spinach, finely chopped
6 eggs, beaten with a pinch of salt and pepper
3 oz. shredded smoked cheddar
4 oz. cubed prosciutto
1/8 tsp. dried oregano

Beat the eggs in a medium bowl with a pinch of salt and a few grindings of pepper. In the deep side of a large frittata pan, heat several sprays of non-stick cooking spray over medium high heat and saute the prosciutto on high for about 5 minutes, stirring often. When the ham browns, add in the spinach and saute about 1 minute. Add in the eggs and allow them to set over medium heat for about 4 minutes. Sprinkle with the oregano and cover with the shallow side of the frittata pan for about 2 minutes.

With the frittata now covered, using a quick but steady motion, flip the pan. Let it sit over medium high heat for about 2 minutes or until it becomes slightly browned on top. Uncover and sprinkle with cheese and recover for about 1 1/2 minutes or until cheese is totally melted. Uncover and allow the frittata to rest for about 30 seconds before sliding a spatula around the outside of the pan and sliding the frittata onto a plate. Cut into pie-like slices.

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