A Mediterranean Father’s Day Frittata

I love my dad.

Many folks say their either a momma’s boy or daddy’s boy or whatever – personally, I love them equally. When I’m with my mom, I’m a momma’s boy – and vice versa with my pops.

So I like to do whatever I can for them to show my appreciation. Honestly, I think celebrating my birthday’s silly – WTF did I do? Shit, I actually tried to strangle myself in the womb, so its not like a whole lot of work went into my birth from my end. That was all my Mama, and partially my dad, so my birthday really should be me thanking them profusely for not just saying ‘fuck it lets try again next year’ since I was such a little pain.

Anyway, I digress. Last Saturday I picked up my dad’s dog Ralphie (sweet old boxer) and headed down to San Diego to see my dad.

From left to right - Ralphie, Myrddin (mer-thin), and Lady

This one’s for you Pops.

The Pieces

Prep Time: 20-25 minutes

Cook Time: 40-45 minutes

Feeds: 3-4 people

  • 1 large red bell pepper
  • 1 yellow zucchini
  • 1 roma tomato
  • 1 large red onion
  • 1/2 pound pitted kalamata olives
  • 8 oz cheese curds of some sort (ricotta or mozzarella)
  • 6 eggs
  • 1/4 cup half and half
  • cayenne
  • fresh cracked black pepper

The Puzzle

1. Preheat oven to 375

2. finely dice (very nearly mince) all your veggies except the kalamata’s. We want these roughly chopped.

3. Combine eggs, half and half, cheese curds, olives in a bowl and whip together vigorously

4. In a pan on high heat, saute your finely diced veggies with some oil, 1 tsp cayenne, and some fresh cracked black pepper until see through. No more than 5 minutes

5. In a deep casserole dish, ideally 7x7x4, place your sauteed veggies

6. top with the egg mixture and lightly combine. We still want most of the veggies on the bottom

I had some extra cloth bound cheddar sitting around, which i crumbled on top

7. Stick it in the oven for about 40 minutes, or until a knife stuck in the center comes out completely clean. It should puff up considerably.

8. Once done, let stand at room temperature at least 10 minutes

9. For an extra special kick, serve with tzatziki sauce. I’ll be doing my own version of this soon enough.

10. Remind your father just how much you love him, and enjoy!

YUMMM

Uber Veggie Quesadilla, or Love at first Bite

Another one for the books.

I often find myself, in the wee hours of the morning, or when the roomies aren’t around, watching my ‘guilty pleasures’ – Food Network shows like Guys Big Bite, or Tyler’s Ultimate. It was one such occasion that inspired this deviant work. He called it a ‘Coyote Quesadilla‘, but me being me I had to expand upon it.

I was planning the whole thing out when I met Chef Andi of the World Fare truck.

I’d gotten her to come to Treyarch and serve us on Saturday, and I knew a lot about her, but I never expected her to be so awesome. So, in the course of us chatting, she mentioned I should try ‘Soyrizo’, since she’d had it just the other day and couldn’t for the life of her tell the difference.

A deviant plan was born.

The Pieces

Prep Time: 20 minutes of chopping

Cook Time: 15 minutes in the oven (not including the 5 minutes for the soyrizo)

  • 1 package Soyrizo (they sell it cheap at Ralphs, and it tastes remarkably good)
  • 1 12 oz can Fat Free refried beans
  • 1 white onion, diced
  • 6-7 small sweet peppers, diced
  • 1 bunch green onions, sliced
  • 8 oz shredded mozzarella
  • 8 oz shredded cheddar
  • 8 oz shredded pepper jack
  • 12 oz can of sliced ‘nacho’ jalapenos
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Cumin/Paprika/Fresh cracked black

Sauce

  • 1 8 oz tub of sour cream
  • 4 oz ranch dressing
  • 1 can Chipotles in Adobo sauce

The Puzzle

1. Preheat oven to 375

2. Heat the oil in a skillet on high. Once shimmering, add onions

3. As the onions saute, squeeze the soyrizo into the onions

4. Reduce heat to medium and allow to combine. Add your spices.

5. In a separate pan, brown 3 tortillas on high til just barely crispy

6. Once the soyrizo is rendered down (5 mins or so) take it off the heat

7. To put it all together: 1st layer, spread a thin layer of beans, followed by the soyrizo/onion mixture, followed by green onion and bell pepper, and topped by 1/3 of the cheese and jalapenos

8. Add the next tortilla, repeat the layering. Use the final tortilla as the cap, top with jalapenos and the rest of the cheese

9. this goes into the oven for approximately 10 minutes, or until golden brown and orgasmic

Sauce

1/2 the sour cream, the ranch dressing, 2 chipotle chili’s and some Adobo, pulse in your blender til creamy.

I served this rather like a cake (as you can see) with sour cream and the sauce on top.

Seriously amazingly tasty. Amazingly.

gooey and goddamn amazing. *DROOL* Now I want some more...