Saturday, April 2, 2011

ABC Frittata "Whole Family Cookbook"

As promised, more of the yummy goodness from the new "The Whole Family Cookbook" by Michelle Stern. This frittata is assured to entice you to get the book. Even the pickiest member of the house, Audrey's daddy, loved this meal. We made ours with low sodium turkey bacon, egg beaters, and Eggland's Best eggs. It was not only incredibly tasty but also very healthy. Leave it to Michelle to come up with good food the entire family loves!

  • 10 eggs (8 whole and 2 whites so we just used Egg Beaters for those two)
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese (we found a low fat version)
  • salt and ground pepper, to taste
  • 3 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled (we found a low sodium turkey but then wanted 4 slices)
  • 2 apples, Fuji or Gala ( found some organic Fuji)
Put the oven rack in the upper third of the oven and preheat to 450°F. Crack 8 eggs, one at a time, and pour each into a medium bowl. Check for shells. You need only the whites from the remaining 2 eggs. To separate the egg whites, crack the egg over an egg separator or someone's clean hands. Carefully let the egg white slip through the fingers into the bowl, with the yolk remaining. Using a whisk, beat the eggs until the yolks and whites are throughly combined. 

Grate the cheese with a box grater. (Younger children can help you if they use a rotary cheese grater, which protects their knuckles.) Add half the grated cheese to the egg mixture and stir to combine. Add a pinch of salt and pepper. 

Cook the strips of bacon. You can fry them in a skillet (watch out - they can splatter!) or you can bake them in a 425°F oven on a cooling rack placed on a rimmed baking sheet. This is a great method because you don't have to flip the bacon, and the kids stay safe. Once the bacon cools, crumble the strips with clean hands. 

Use an apple peeler/corer/slicer on the apple. If you don't have one, use a vegetable peeler to peel the apples. If you have an apple corer, you may use it. Or, simply cut up the apple, leaving the core behind. Slice the apple pieces very thinly. As you are cutting, make sure the apple pieces are flat-side down, so the chunks don't wobble on the cutting board.

In a medium cast iron or non-stick skillet, heat the butter over medium heat. Add egg mixture to the skillet and sprinkle the bacon crumbles evenly over the eggs. Gently arrange the apple slices on top of the egg mixture, in a circular pattern, and sprinkle with remaining cheese. Move the skillet from the stovetop to the upper rack of your oven. Bake until fritatta is firm in the center and cheese is browned, about 20 minutes. Put on an oven mittand remove the skillet from the oven. Use a flexible spatula to loosen the fritatta from the pan and carefully slide it onto a cutting board. Allow to cool for a few minutes before slicing into wedges and eating.

Audrey's Tasks:
  1. Help gather ingredients
  2. Place bacon on rack to bake
  3. Crack eggs and stir
  4. Sprinkle bacon and cheese on top
  5. Arrange apples on top
Mom's Tasks:
  1. Assist Audrey
  2. Peel and slice apples
  3. Bake fritatta
This was so delicious Audrey's daddy commented about it. He is not a fan of new foods and rarely enjoys our recipe testing. He had a second helping. I have already added this dish to our regular menu. Give this receipe a try and then order a copy of "The Whole Family Cookbook."

If three is good, four is better
Time to crack the eggs.

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  1. LOVE LOVE LOVE your posts about my new book. I am so happy that your family has trusted me enough to bring me into your home this way :-) xoxoxoxo Michelle

  2. I love your little helper! I'm looking forward to trying this recipe!

  3. We had so much fun with this one. It truly is a keeper.

  4. Hi, just found your blog on UBP11 and I guess I have to give it a shot with some of your recipes. I have a little helper of my own, but he's more into the cleaning and household duties. Maybe I get him to change the compartment.


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