Dinner Success!

I have been dying to remember to use my left-over spaghetti for a frittata for as long as I can remember!  Every time we have a spaghetti dinner we have a good cup or two hanging out in the fridge.  After it spends a week in the fridge I toss it in the can and think… I should have made a frittata!  (Sometimes I do the little V8 move and knock myself in the head too for dramatic effect!)  Tonight was going to be different!

On the way home from work I plotted what my frittata would consist of.  It is clean out the freezer week in my house and eat what is on hand.  SO… I knew I had finely chopped broccoli in there.  I think there might be some bits of ham from way back too.  I gathered my goodies and here is what I created.

Wednesday Night Frittata

10 eggs

Splash of milk

Few turns of pepper, salt and a sprinkle of garlic powder 

4oz cheddar cheese

1/2 a bag of frozen chopped broccoli

1 cup of chopped ham

2 cups of leftover spaghetti

Olive oil

Whip the first 4 ingredients together and set to the side.

In an oven proof pan that can go from stove top to oven without being ruined, turn on your flame to 3/4 high.  Add olive oil to the pan toss in your broccoli, ham and spaghetti. 

When they are nice and hot, pour your egg/cheese mixture into the pan evenly to coat the whole pan.

Turn your flame down to just under 1/2 high.  Let this cook for about 4  minutes.  While this is cooking turn on your broiler on low heat and adjust your rack so it is near the bottom of your oven.  After 4 minutes on top of the stove, place the pan on the bottom rack and let it cook for a good 5 minutes.  Check it and make sure it doesn’t over cook. 

Remove from oven and let sit for a good 5 minutes then cut and serve!  It is good hot or cold!

Isn’t that just beautiful? 

When Maddy arrived home for dinner I knew I was going to have to choose my words wisely when discussing “what’s for dinner”.  While I was super stoked about my creation, you never know how it is going to go over with a 7-year-old!  

So I started mentioning the ingredients, all things she loves.  I omitted the spaghetti as I thought that might freak her out.  She said, “ALL in one dish?”.  I said yep.  Then she approached the table and I knew I had to give her a head’s up about the spaghetti or this could go really wrong… so I did… “And there is spaghetti in it!”, I said proudly.  “Spaghetti, well that is just plain weird.”, said Maddy.

We all sat down, said our prayer for our meal and started to dig in.  We made a deal with Maddy.  One bite of yummy toast followed by a bite of frittata.  Every other bite, no exceptions.  I actually caught her taking a second bite of the frittata instead of reaching for her toast.  Dinner success! 

Love,

Candis aka West

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One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Joyce Edson on February 11, 2011 at 2:06 am

    I remember this dish somewhere in the distant past… good job West!

    Reply

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