Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Cheesy Frittata, Zested Stone Fruit and Adult Strawberry Lemonade

I had every intention of posting this last night, but then I couldn't stop thinking about all the amazing food stories posted on blogs far and wide yesterday.  So after having this burned into the back of my retinas (coupled with a bit of a day from hell work-wise) I fell off the wagon and took to the kitchen to make a gluten-free version of chocolate cupcakes with ganache - which is no easy feat for those of you not on the gluten-free train.

Upon completion it went from bad to worse when I got sucked into a gongshow marathon of the Real Housewives of New Jersey and New York during which time all my brains got sucked out of my head and I woke up this morning in a stupor.  Not pretty. 

So without further delay here is a fantastic rundown of what the Chef cooked up this past Saturday afternoon for brunch.  It was delish beyond words and I hope you enjoy.  By the way, I do not recommend a side of Bravo programming with this or any other meal.

Zested Stone Fruit 
*Serves 2 people. 
1/4C  cherries
1         apricot
1         nectarine
1ea     lemon zested
1ea     lime zested
1t        sugar

Begin by gathering and rinsing the cherries, apricot and nectarine.

Half the cherries and remove the pits. Cut the apricot and nectarine in wedges.

Place fruit in serving bowl, sprinkle with zest and sugar, and set aside.

When he told me we were going to be having a cheesy frittata, I asked if it could be offset with a side of fruit and this is what he came up with.  It's really simple and was the perfect combination to go alongside the main dish.  The citrus zest was a great addition and something I never would have thought of.  Yum.

Cheesy Bacon & Leek Frittata
*Serves (2) 6.5 inch cast iron mini frying pans or a baking dish of your choice
6     eggs
5     oz cream
1     leek sliced (white part only)
5     strips *bacon sliced
1C  Gruyere cheese grated (or Swiss)
sour cream to taste

*for the bacon you could substitute your favorite shellfish - maybe crab or shrimp?  or really any breakfast meat...or if you prefer vegetables I think broccoli or asparagus would be divine in this dish.  Ixnay on the tomatoes unless you add them as a topping at the end because they'll add too much liquid if added sooner.

Begin by preheating the oven to 300 degrees. Gather all ingredients and get ready to get chopping!

First cut the bacon into bite size pieces and add to pan. Saute over medium heat.

While bacon is sauteing, place the leek on a fresh cutting board and chop into thin slices like so:

This is (approximately) what you should have left over:

Once the bacon is crispy, remove it from the pan and transfer it to a thick paper towel to allow excess grease to drain/be patted from it.  Leave a little bit of grease in the pan, add the leeks, season with salt and pepper and cook on low just until soft.  Once the leeks have softened, add the bacon back to the pan:

Hold this mixture over the lowest heat just to keep warm while remaining frittata ingredients are prepared.

Time to get those eggs cracking.

Once all six have been added to the bowl, combine the eggs with the cream and whisk until smooth. Season with salt and pepper.  It is now time to assemble the frittata.

Get the egg mixture, mini cast iron skillets (or baking dish), bacon and leek mixture, and cheese:

Pour egg mixture into buttered cast iron skillet - again, you can cook this in any baking dish - we just like to use the little skillets for fun (and because I want to make sure the Chef doesn't hog it all - I kid, I kid!).

Evenly distribute half the bacon/leek mixture over top the egg mixture in each skillet leaving approximately 1/3 of a cup remaining to top each final product once out of oven.

Same process with the Gruyere cheese.  Make sure you have a little left over to sprinkle at the end.

Place the skillets in the preheated oven and cook approximately 25 minutes or until set.  Here's what they should look like when they're ready to come out.

Oh my, yes puh-leeze!  Set the skillets on stove and top each with first the remaining bacon and leek mixture and then the cheese.   If you like, finish each frittata with a dollop of sour cream.  Here is what the finished product looked like.

Now about the drink.  We took care of that (notice how I use "we" so freely...uh, sowee Chef) while the frittata was in the oven.  Following is the prep - this will be a great drink for warm summer days and barbecues.

Adult Strawberry Lemonade
INGREDIENTS (per cocktail)
2-3oz  silver tequila (we used Jose Cuervo)
1 oz    fresh lemon juice
1 oz    lemon sorbet
3ea     strawberries sliced
1t       sugar
*sparkling lemonade to top - but make sure it tastes good before you pour because some are just soda water with lemon and leave the cocktail flat.

Here's what you should have assembled:

I was in the middle of a handbag intervention via telephone with my friend Cindy when these photos were being taken.  It was a matter of saving her from purchasing 7000 Coach bags at the outlet or getting a crisp picture - her wallet won out.  Someday she'll thank me. :)  Oh, and Marcie - if that lovely bag of yours ever ends up at outlet, I shudder to think of the hair pulling that's going to transpire...good thing you landed that thing early!

I digress.

Back to the cocktail:  slice up the strawberries and cut the lemons in wedges.

Gently muddle strawberries and sugar in the shaker, add tequila, lemon juice (1oz. from wedges) and sorbet.

Stir until sorbet is melted.

Fill rocks glass half way with ice and pour the mixture from shaker into the glass.  It won't go to the top.

As a final touch, top the drink with enough sparkling lemonade to almost fill the glass.  Here's what our  beverage looked like.  We were all kinds of festive with the umbrellas this weekend :)

I think my favorite thing about the skillets is (well aside from minimizing dish clean-up) the fact that you just grab them by the handle and carry them to the dining table or, in our case, outside and upstairs onto the deck.

It wasn't anything fancy, but it sure felt good to be outside in the sun with 2 more days off at that point.  Oh weekend, are you here yet??  I hope you enjoy these treats.  Let me know how they work out if you decide to make them for yourselves.  It is always great to hear your thoughts!


Allison said...

Good lord that looks delic! Do you rent that bf of yours out? I know one thing, I could use one of those drinks you have mixed up there; I think I might even have to go back for seconds!

this free bird said...

Allison. If you lived close by I swear I'd mix one up for you myself right now and we'd watch some Felicity or SATC re-runs. It's been a hell of a few days.

ps - the bf is allowed out on loaner to cater parties while he opens his restaurant. haha!!

Laura said...

MMM look like delicious...NIce post...

cindy said...

This looks absolutely amazing.
You should know how much I love the step by step photos, and the demonstration of proper knife technique by the Chef is great too. I also love the illustration of what packaged ingredients you used, b/c I always fret when I purchase a product if it's the 'right' one.
Oh, and those lemonades??
Brilliant call on the lemon sorbet. I think that could be a secret weapon in many a summer beverage.
Thanks for the intervention this weekend too :-)

Anna Jane said...

I'm salivating...that fritatta looks unreal!!

And how did you know vodka lemonade was my favorite summer drink??

Anna Jane

Fashion Meets Food said...

Heyy girly! Just came across your blog and absolutely love it! The food looks insanely fabulous, and I am absolutely loving the drink! You have a new follower!


Valerie said...

I'm drooling over your post. This all looks amazing. I'd LOVE to try the adult lemonade! Yum!


Marcie said...

AMAZING! This looks so good. I am loving that fruity drink. I will have to try it.

:) Marcie

Closet Fashionista said...

mmm tasty! The fruit one looks best (because I don't like cheese)! :D

this free bird said...

Laura - thanks! It sure was fun eating it!

Cindy - it took a few days, but I thought you might love this one. The Gruyere cheese added such a great taste to the frittata and the fruit on the side balanced it out. But the drink, the drink? Honey I was drinking those all weekend. Not too strong and very tasty!! Can't wait to hear how it goes over!

Anna Jane - how's the apartment unpacking going? You prolly need 1 or 20 of the cocktails depending on what stage you're at... Yahoo that you're #1 is a vodka lemonade - me too!!

Fashion Meets Food - yippee!!

Valerie - yes, the lemonade is wonderful (and would be great for an evening of fun w/the girls too)

Marcie - looking forward to seeing you with your bag. Maybe a lemonade on the side?

Closet Fashionista - we will think of something sans cheese for you next time my love! in the meantime, the fruit with the zest would make a perfect snack! xo

Sarah said...

oh wow, this is making me sooo hungry! xx

Poppies and Sunshine said...

This all looks sooo delicious!!! And that fruit looks amazing. It's so summery. Thanks for sharing some great recipes!

Alicia said...

oh my goodness this all sounds fabulous!!! and i want that dress or blouse so bad.. wishing it was a little cheaper.

Chelsea Talks Smack said...

This looks amazing, maybe i'll surprise my man tonight?! :)

this free bird said...

Sara - it's breakfast time all over the world right now. :)

Poppies and Sunshine - you are welcome!

Alicia - honey I hear ya on that one. I've done burnt a hole in the bottom of my wallet but I've got out the duct tape and am doin my best to recover.

Chel-sea! - while you're talking smack maybe he can make it for you? go girl!

Taj Acosta said...

yumm yumm and yumm! I am printing this out!!!

Corey Thompson said...

I am moving in, that or the chef has a move t the pacific northwest in his near future, and don't worry your a package deal.

Mariel Torres said...

all looks absolutely delicious!

She Wore It Well said...

Oh yum!! I want your chef all for myself! x

this free bird said...

Taj! - I hope you get a chance to try it out, and that you and your hubby enjoy!

Corey - come and knock on our door, we've been waiting for (all of) you...xo

Mariel - it sure tasted good too and is really simple to make.

She Wore It Well - looks good and tasted good too! And the Chef is most def a keeper! :)

Smitten Design said...

yum! can I come over for that meal?!?

this free bird said...

Smitten! Yes please do...and if you'd like feel free to bring Ralph Lauren too. hahaha


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