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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Viva Italia!

When we think of Italian food, pasta, pizza and tiramisu immediately come to mind and while each of these are exciting in their own right we rarely get beyond this trio. Italy has so much more to offer that can easily become an everyday favorite, like for example the frittata or the panini. Here is my favorite Frittata recipe. I will blog about paninis in another post.

Chorizo Frittata

Add some pizzazz to your weekend brunch with this Chorizo Frittata recipe. Chorizo is a type of spicy sausage common to Mexico and Spain. Here I've used the Mexican variety. A frittata is an Italian cheese omlette cooked with sauted vegetables and/or meats. It is an open faced omlette, cooked on both sides, round like a pancake. You will need an oven proof skillet to do it right. So bring out the eggs and lets get cracking!

Ingredients

4 eggs, beaten
2 tablespoon of milk
a little salt*
black pepper
1 cup Mexican Chorizo
1/3 cup chopped onion
2-3 cloves garlic, chopped
2 jalapeno peppers, sliced
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
2-3 okra - thinly slices
2 mushrooms - thinly sliced
2/3 cup shredded cheese
(try Mexican white cheese)
cooking oil

Directions:
  1. Pan fry the chorizo: squeeze it out of its casing directly into the pan and stir fry it for 10 mins until it is dry, dark and crispy. Remove from pan and keep aside.
  2. Saute all the vegetables in a little bit of oil for 5-6 mins and keep aside.
  3. In a large bowl, mix, eggs, milk, salt n' pepper, veggies and meat.
  4. Heat oil in the skillet and pour in the mixture, allow to cook for a few minutes till the eggs set.
  5. Now pop the skillet into an oven heated to 400 degrees F. Cook for 3 minutes, sprinkle the cheese on top and cook for another 2-3 minutes until the cheese has melted and the top surface is cooked.
  6. Cut into quarters and serve.

*Note: the chorizo and the cheese are already both salty so you can cook this with little to no salt.



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