Spicy Southwest Frittatas

  My Spicy Southwest Frittatas are made super easy using a special non-stick muffin pan.  This not only gives you an individual serving size, but also a pleasant and fun presentation.  Easy to mix and bake in the oven, these little egg delights are sure to please.  Feel free to experiment with different herbs and vegetables, for a whole new flavor experience.

 

I remember when I was a little girl, and my mother was a terrible cook, and still is.  If I tell her that, she just laughs.  Especially since it is painfully obvious.  I do mean pain.  She could make a few things, one of them was omelets.  The funny thing is that I liked scrambled eggs as a child, but my mom didn’t know how to make them so she just made an omelet and cut it up into pieces after it was done.  So silly, it still makes me laugh.  It is so much easier to make scrambled eggs than an omelet.  I wonder why didn’t she just ask a neighbor?  It was the eighties, no internet but in those days all the neighbors knew each other and left their doors unlocked.  It was definitely a different time.  Now I feel old , especially when I have to say we didn’t have cell phones or the internet back then.  Yikes!  Anyway, making an omelet can be kind of hard or at least intimidating.  If you have ever been to a restaurant or hotel that had an Omelet Bar,  you probably saw a chef in a chef’s hat, with a perfect omelet pan and all the fixings you can imagine, ready to be made before your eyes.  They pile on the butter or oil combo in the hot pan, sauté the veggies and heat up any meat.  Then they add the egg mixture in a different pan, swirl it just so and flip it and fold in the chosen filling perfectly every time.  Well that is very nice, but a frittata is the way to go for me.  I am a terrible flipper, and even though I have a nice little omelet pan,  I use it for anything but omelets.  A frittata is an Italian thick omelet, and has the ingredients baked into it, versus folded in.  At least that is my description.  Usually it is baked and sliced into pieces and served like a quiche or pie.  I think an omelet is a lot of work, I will let you know if I change my mind.  For now, we will make Frittatas!  You can use your own ingredients, but hopefully this gets you inspired to give it a try.  The great thing is that if you have picky eaters, making this with a cupcake pan allows for everyone to choose their own ingredients and amounts.  The first few times I tried making these I lost a couple of good old friends.  They are gone now, so sad.  I had my trusty old cupcake pans since I met my hubby like 9 years ago.  Yes I referred to my cupcake pans as old friends.  May you rest in peace Cupcake Pan 1 and Cupcake Pan 2.  We had great memories, and not so great, they liked whatever I made and never talked back.  No I am not crazy, no I don’t think my pans are actual friends.   I just have a weird sense of humor.  Moving on.  After trying to revive the last pan for about a week, yes I am totally serious.  I threw my cupcake pan with the weird dried egg on them, away.  The hubby was not so happy, at my resolution, but after he tried to save it, he came to the same conclusion.  So back in the trash it went.  I discovered my new FAVORITE Baking Pans and my new best friends.  These pans are AMAZE ing.   Besides the fact that they are truly nonstick, you actually don’t have to grease them at all!  Yes I am for real.  Hmmm a pan that I can cook eggs in, gluten free in and I don’t need to grease which equals less calories, less time, less washing…Sold!  I included a link below for Sur La Table to the Platinum Professional baking pans.  Yes I would make a very small commission if you purchased through my site and be very grateful.  It is not cheap running a website, but I recommend items that I love, have, or want.  I don’t think you can recommend a product or service unless you are familiar with it. I have purchased quite a few of these pans and have had them for over a year.  I am growing my collection and getting rid of my former baking pan friends, still a little sad ya know with the history and all.  At least I can find a good home for them, versus the trash.  With life moving faster and time becoming less available, every little bit helps, especially with Gluten free, Soy free, and Dairy free living.

 

 

 

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Southwest Frittatas

Dairy Free, Soy Free, Gluten Free 

  • 8  large organic cage free eggs
  • 1/2 Cup unsweetened almond milk or alternative
  • 1/8 to 1/4 tsp. paprika (I prefer a scant 1/4 tsp.) 
  • 1/2 tsp. dried rosemary
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic salt
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 Cup Cilantro loosely chopped
  • 1 small Green Onion sliced
  • 1 Jalapeno sliced thinly (remove seeds if hot)
  • 1/4 Cup diced Red Pepper 
  • sliced tomatoes seeds removed (or just use very little tomato or the eggs will be soggy)
  • Organic Free Range Turkey Bacon or your choice of cooked meat (optional)
  • alternative butter to grease pan 

 I ended up ruining two Muffin Pans and literally throwing them out, that is when I discovered these wonders.  The
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Platinum Professional baking pans.  I have since replaced almost every previous baking pan.  I am so excited to share these with you.  You have no idea!  They clean and cook excellently (or should I say eggsellently?).  The eggs slide right out, just make sure you use like a silicone or soft flexible spatula to remove egg and cut, this will keep from scratching your pans.  

 

Directions:  

  1. Grease pan or muffin pans with alternative butter and set aside.
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cut up all your vegetables and cook your choice of meat, unless you have leftovers, which is even easier.
  3. Whisk the eggs, milk & spices.   Add the cilantro and whisk again.
  4. Then fill greased muffin pans or oven safe pan with egg mixture.
  5. Add desired ingredients on top of egg mixture in each muffin pan.  This helps ensure a more even distribution of ingredients.
  6. Bake for 20-24 min. in a large oven safe omelet pan or if using regular sized muffin pans, bake for about 15 min.  An 8 inch cake pan takes about 24-30 minutes.  They will look solid and set up in the center when done.  Use a thermometer to check for temp. if unsure.  

Remove and serve immediately.  Can serve with fresh salsa and fruit for a festive and healthy breakfast.  Recipe makes 4-6 servings.  If you are trying to stretch this frittata or serve to a crowd, I recommend baking in a regular muffin pan.  

Author: Joy

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