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Monday, January 16, 2012

Italian Sausage & Potato Frittata

Everybody has a go-to meal, right?  Something that you enjoy enough to turn to when you're too tired/lazy/busy to make anything else.  Well, my go-to meal?  Omelets.  They're great because they can be different every time while staying basically the same.  You can add any veggies, herbs, cheese, or meats that you have hanging around the kitchen.  Throw some warm tortillas, toast, or crusty bread alongside and splash it with some Tabasco and you're good to go.  Plus, they can be impressive.  I mean, that's what I hear.  Even though I've probably made thousands of omelets in my life between working the breakfast shift, manning an omelet station, and making a go-to meal...there are many people that consider them a luxury.  If we have family crashed at our house, offering to make them an omelet in the morning always brings on the squeals.  I love it.

Now given, I'm sharing a frittata today, not an omelet...there's really not that much of a difference.  A frittata is basically an open-face omelet.  I could just have easily made individual omelets stuffing the same ingredients inside.  This is just a meal for four in all in one big shebang.  Cut into wedges and plated up, it can still bring a smile to my face.  

Our theme over at IHCC this week is White as Snow (white foods).  While I had plenty of white ingredients packed into this beauty, it came out as a vibrant mélange of color.
Italian Sausage and Potato Frittata

by Heather Schmitt-González adapted from Apples for Jam 
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20-30 minutes
Keywords: breakfast entree eggs pork

Ingredients (serves 4)
  • 2 small potatoes
  • olive oil
  • ~¾ lb. Italian Sausage, crumbled
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • ~1 c. button mushrooms, sliced
  • heaping ¼ c. of chopped parsley
  • 6 eggs, beaten
  • salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
Cook potatoes in their skins until tender by any method you choose (I like to use the microwave when I'm in a hurry). When cool enough to handle, slice or cut into chunks and set aside.

Heat a couple of glugs of olive oil in a 10" skillet over medium heat. Add Italian sausage and sauté until deeply golden and cooked through. Remove to a bowl, leaving as much of the tasty grease behind as possible.

Add onion and carrot to pan and saute until soft and onions are golden, ~10 minutes.

Add another good glug of olive oil to pan along with the mushrooms. Sauté until the mushrooms have given off their water and turned golden. Season with salt and pepper and then add to the bowl with the sausage, leaving behind as much grease as possible.

Preheat broiler.

Add just a bit more oil to the pan (enough to equal a good coating) and add potatoes to pan. Saute until golden and crusty in places. Tip the bowl of goodies back into the pan along with most of the parsley and cook for a minute or two.

Reduce heat to medium-low and pour in the eggs. Stir and lift, using a wooden spoon or heat proof rubber scraper, so that the uncooked eggs can leak to the bottom (like making an omelet). Once bottom is softly set, transfer pan to broiler until frittata is just set enough so that it can be cut into wedges.

Serve warm garnished with remaining parsley, some fresh tomatoes, and some good bread.
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  1. Natashya Kitchen PuppiesJanuary 16, 2012 at 11:02 AM

    The perfect breakfast for dinner meal! I love the liberal use of sausage there too. Delicious!

  2. Wow.This is a awesome recipe...Yummy


  3. Exclente opcion para cuando andamos con prisas!!! Asi tiene una vista deliciosa!

  4. You've got all my favourite things on one plate! Looks lovely.

  5. Don't worry about the color.  I made my white dish and The Husband said it looked too bland and boring (it wasn't).  Your frittata looks exciting with all those colors.

  6. This looks so so good; I know if would be a hit a our place. Of course anything with Italian saudage makes my husband very happy.

  7. I never made frittata with sausage... after having seen yours I think it's time to give it a try! D E L I C I O U S!!!! Bravissima!! Ciao da Francesca - ITALY.

  8. Wow. Looks good. I like all the meat on top. Good protein.

  9. Ok, are you in my head or what?! I just made a very similar frittata, (minus the potatoes and carrots. add garlic)...and slapped that baby between two slices of sourdough toast with some melted cheese. I think I want potatoes on mine next time. YUM!!!

  10. Que gran plato, me encanta

  11. Super tempting and delicious frittata.

  12. When it's this cold, I wish it were white snow! Delicious any time of day!

  13. This looks like an amazing go to meal! Love the flavors and great photos!

  14. Eggs are some of my favorite go-to meals as well and fritattas are one of my favorites! I love the combination of flavors in this. You're right, it's anything but white!

  15. Your frittata looks so hearty.  Almost like a slice of pizza :)  I also love making omelets with different flavor combinations.  Although, I do think sausage and potato is my fave.  This one rocks!

  16. Hi Heather. I just saw that you joined the Foodies Reading Challenge again. I'm so glad you did. You did such an amazing job in the challenge last year. Good luck with the challenge in 2012.

  17. I've never made OR eaten a frittata, can you belive it? I'd like to give this a try, wish me luck getting picky-picky to try it!! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  18. Thanks Margot...looking forward to it! =)

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  19. Hi Heather! how is it going? =)

    Frittata is for us something else. We call Frittata a  kind of pancake which is cut into strips and added into a clear bouillon soup. Thats a traditional Austria dish.

    I love Omletts too. As u said simple and quick to make in busy and lazy times. The best part of omletts is too that u can combinated it with continental cuisine or even indian food ( rice and curry). Traditional Goa trance parties which are huge outdoor parties always have local ladies called Chai mamas who prepare omletts, served in a bread. simple but delicious.

    Thanks for sharing your recipe, I wished I had seen it this morning I would have made omlett then. XD

  20. Yes, omelets are a go-to meal around here. When in doubt, take leftovers and put it in an omelet, it usually works. This looks SOOOOO much better than some of the creations I've made!

  21. This is tasty fritata! All I need is bread and coffee and it's the perfect brekkie!

  22. heather, this is what I would totally crave after a busy week. great sunday eats!!

  23. A frittata is one of my very favorite things to make for brunch. This looks so good! I love the photo with the white foods. 

  24. Can you believe I've never made a frittata?  I'm a huge fan of Italian Sausage, must give this a try.

  25. Tasty, I like this!  The sausage really makes it for me.

  26. Oh man, how can that not be good! Yum!

  27. Who cares if it's white or not--it looks gorgeous! ;-) I love how much good food you have packed on and in that frittata--I'd be happy with it for breakfast or for dinner. ;-)

  28. Couscous & ConsciousnessFebruary 3, 2012 at 5:35 PM

    Personally, I'm not that flash at making omelettes - I can never seem to get them to flip over without falling to bits and ending up with something that looks like the cat just dragged it in.  On the other hand frittatas are definitely a go-to meal for me.  I love the endless variations - and this is a great one - love the way all those white ingredients are transformed to such a colourful end result.