12 September 2012

You Have to Make This So You Can Eat the Leftovers!!!


You have to make this so you can eat the leftovers.....Seriously.  You probably already have the ingredients in your kitchen.  If you don't have all the ingredients,  go to the store.  It's that good.  The base recipe I am giving you is for a Cheeseburger Frittata.  A frittata is essentially a big omelet that you make by at least partially baking it in the oven.  I cooked mine entirely in the oven.  It was a really nice dinner.  We ate it with a side of whole wheat toast.  We all cleaned our plates.  That never happens since my five year old is a ridiculously picky eater.  If I let him, he would live on chocolate milk, Cheetos, gummy fruit snacks, and cheese dip.

my glorious frittata sandwich
As we were taking the practically-licked-clean plates into the kitchen after dinner, my husband had the brilliant idea of turning the leftovers into sandwiches.  He's a genius and it is possibly the best sandwich I have ever eaten.  The leftover frittata tastes like a cheeseburger topped with egg and bacon, but it's all wrapped up in a tidy, not overly huge package.  You can also customize the frittata to your tastes.  You could add tomatoes, mushrooms, olives, different cheeses -- the possibilities are almost endless.


Usually you would make a frittata in a skillet, so it would be cut into wedges and not all conducive to next-day sandwich making.  I made mine in a 11x7" rectangular baking dish -- the hunks of frittata fit perfectly on the square ciabatta buns I used for my sandwich.  I think I am in love.  I might make another one this weekend just so I have the best lunches in town next week.




Cheeseburger Fritatta
serves 8-10

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 frittata, sans bun
1 lb lean ground beef
salt
pepper
garlic powder
1 red onion, chopped
10 large eggs
3 Tbsp 2% milk
4-6 oz shredded cheddar cheese
6 strips bacon (I used pre-cooked straight out of the package since that's what I had on hand, but you can cook you own.  Just stop cooking it just before it gets crispy.  The oven will get it crispy for you.)

Preheat oven to 400°.  Lightly grease a baking dish with nonstick spray.

In a large skillet, brown the ground beef with salt, pepper and garlic powder to taste.  Just before the beef is completely browned, throw in the chopped onion, add a little more salt, pepper, and garlic powder, and saute until translucent.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, half the cheese, and more salt, pepper, and garlic powder.

almost ready to eat
Spread the beef/onion mixture over the bottom of your prepared baking dish.  Pour the egg mixture over the beef mixture.  Sprinkle the remaining cheese over the egg mixture.  Lay strips of bacon over the cheese.

Bake in the center of the oven for 20 minutes, or until set all the way through.  Cut into squares and serve warm.

To make this into the world's best sandwich, get a sandwich bun.  Toast the bun.  Spread it with the condiment (mayo, mustard, Sriracha, etc...) of your choice, just as you would a cheeseburger.  Put a piece of warmed-up frittata on the bun.  Top with some lettuce if you would like.  Serve it up and happily devour.

*Use the salt, pepper, and garlic powder to your taste.  Just be sure to season everything so no part of your frittata turns out bland.


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