Towards the end of a long holiday at the sea shore, I always go through the refrigerators and do a â€œmopping upâ€ operationâ€¦ in other words, â€œleftoverâ€ patrol. After several large planned meals, there are usually a significant amount of odds and ends that need to be consumed. In this case, I spied some leftover grilled chicken that was stripped for sandwiches, leftover grilled red peppers, whole zucchinis and some basil. There were 9 more eggs left as well. I decided to make a simple frittata for a light lunchâ€¦
To make, heat up a pan and add some olive oil and sautÃ© some chopped onion and diced zucchini. Add the chicken and the chopped grilled red peppers and season generously with salt and pepper. Take off the heat and allow to cool 5-10 minutes. Meanwhile, turn the oven on to say 375 degrees F. In a mixing bowl, beat the 8-9 eggs thoroughly with a whisk or fork. Add the eggs to the meat and zucchini mixture and mix thoroughly, add some chopped basil or other herbs such as Italian parsley or thyme. Wipe the pan that you used for the filling with a paper towel and return it to the stove top on a medium flame. Add a large pat of butter and coat the pan with melted butter.
Pour the egg and chicken mixture into the pan and cook on the stove top for about 2-3 minutes before sticking the whole pan into the hot oven and bake until the eggs are done â€“ say 15 or 20 minutes. Donâ€™t overcook as it will dry out. Once done, slide the frittata onto a round serving platter and serve hot or at room temperature. The one in the photo was a bit thin so you could use a smaller pan and make a thicker frittata. I also made the mistake of cracking the eggs straight into the meat mixture so the eggs didnâ€™t mix up as well as they could have. Nevertheless the taste was really good and generally speaking quite healthy as well. The frittata easily served six adults. Add some home fried potatoes, a slice of bread or some rice and it makes a complete meal. For dessert we had a fruit salad made from all the extra fruits in the fridge.