wild mushroom, zucchini, and goat cheese frittata (and a giveaway!)
I woke up this morning with a mission: make a frittata. Even though I’ve eaten many a frittata ordered at a restaurant, I’ve never actually made one at home before. And what with all the cookies, holiday parties (you’d think those would be over by now, but my office just got around to our party last Thursday…), and even more cookies lately, I wanted the frittata to be a little on the healthier side. And even though I’ve never made a frittata before, I know enough to know that they’re well loved by cooks as a way to get use up what they’ve got in the fridge, so I figured I could merge a couple of recipes to get what I wanted.
So, that thing I just said about cooks using frittatas to get rid of what’s in their fridge? Yeah, well not us. We did a pretty good job of clearing out the fridge on our own last week, so we had to go to the store first. Luckily this frittata comes together pretty easily and quickly, thanks to a fantastic tip from America’s Test Kitchen. (Yes, here I go again spouting off the wonders of America’s Test Kitchen.) They start the frittata on the stovetop and then throw it in the broiler for just 3-4 minutes. It then sets at room temp for another 1-3 minutes and it’s ready to go. Better than the 15-20 minutes in the oven that other recipes call for, right? And not only is it quicker, but according to America’s Test Kitchen, it yields a perfectly puffed, golden brown frittata. Our frittata certainly lived up to their claim, so no argument here, especially since it means I got to dig in sooner!
The America’s Test Kitchen recipe called for mushrooms and asparagus, but since it’s going to be another couple of months till asparagus is truly in season, we decided to go with zucchini, which, while also not really in season, is more available than asparagus right now. I stumbled onto the blog A Spicy Perspective (great name, no?) and fell in love with her wild mushroom and zucchini frittata (with a touch of truffle oil!!) and ended up merging her recipe with a lightened up version from America’s Test Kitchen.
Not only was I excited to finally try my hand at making a frittata, but I had a brand new tool that I was very, very excited to use. When I was a kid, my favorite gadget in the kitchen was my mom’s rotary egg beater. I thought it was just about the coolest thing ever and I used it whenever I could. When I graduated from college and moved into an apartment with friends, I got my very own hand-me-down handheld egg beater. I can’t actually remember where or who I got it from, but the very first time I used it, it literally fell into pieces into my batter. I never got a replacement and I was thrilled when I saw that OXO has come out with a brand new, completely modernized egg beater. I was downright ecstatic when they sent me one to test out!
The OXO egg beater is simply awesome. Like the original rotary beater, it doesn’t require electricity and beats your eggs, whipped cream, batter, etc. with a simple hand crank. The new one from OXO works smoothly and effortlessly, the beaters are elevated with a piece on the bottom so you can rest it on the bottom of the bowl and keep on beating away, and the beaters separate easily from the handle so you can throw them right into the dishwasher when you’re done. It worked fantastically on the eggs, cheese, milk, and parsley for the frittata and I can’t wait to try it out on whipping cream and this french toast casserole.
Want to try the egg beater out and see for yourself? One lucky Pixelated Crumb reader will win an OXO egg beater, courtesy of OXO!
This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Cristina for winning the OXO Egg Beater giveaway and thanks to everyone who participated!!
This giveaway is open to USA residents and will be open until Monday, January 23rd at 11:59 pm ET.The winner will be selected on random.org on January 24th. The winner will be announced on Pixelated Crumb and I will send her/him an e-mail. Make sure your e-mail is correct, because you only have 48 hours to respond to claim your prize before another winner is chosen!
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