19 October 2008

Not Just Another Brunch

Today, I had a few friends over for brunch.  We did my fritatta, Jacque's broiled asparagus, and Paul's tomato salad.  What a great way to finish a weekend!

Jacque's asparagus is in a previous posting, but it's so simple, I'll repeat it here.

Here's what we did:

Greg's Frittata

12 eggs, grain-fed, free-range
1/4 cup whipping cream
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 large onions
6 cloves garlic
12 strips bacon, cooked
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup shredded Mozzarela cheese
12-inch non-stick skillet

In a 12-inch non-stick skillet with a heat-resistant handle, sauté the onions in the oil over medium-high heat until almost caramelized, about 15 minutes.  Add the garlic and sauté for 5 minutes more.
Meanwhile, in a large bowl, briskly whip the eggs and cream until frothy (3 to 4 minutes) with an electric whisk.
Stir in the cheeses.
Chop the bacon into small pieces.
Add the bacon to the onions and garlic in the skillet.
Stir in the egg mixture.
Turn on the broiler.
Initially, stir the mixture like you’re making scrambled eggs, but stop after about a minute and let things start to “gel”.  Continue using a rubber (heat-resistant!) spatula to loosen the eggs from the sides and bottom of the pan.  Once it’s firm on the bottom and sides but still liquid in the middle, put the pan under the broiler until the top starts to turn golden brown, about 2 minutes.
Remove from broiler and let stand for 2 or 3 minutes.
Slide the frittata out of the pan and slice into 8 pieces.  Garnish with whatever edible greenery you have handy.

Jacque's Asparagus

one bunch asparagus, trimmed
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
quarter-sheet baking pan

Spread the asparagus on a baking sheet.  Dust with the Parmesan cheese.  Broil for 10-15 minutes, until al dente.

Paul's Tomato Salad

3 tomatoes, sliced
1/2 cup fresh basil, coarsely chopped
salt to taste
olive oil to drizzle

If you need instructions for this, you probably should not be preparing it.  See the picture.

Serve all this with mimosas, and everyone will leave happy!

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