I never knew that the Sausage Frittatas that my Grandmother and Mom made was anything fancy, it was just the way we cooked our eggs. We pronounce it freet tata. Many recipes say that Frittatas include vegetables, cheese or meats and some finish them off in the oven or cover them with a lid but we sometimes make them plain and with a simple process on the stove.
I made this Sausage Frittata on Memorial Day and it was delicious. This recipe was a tradition for Easter mornings while growing up. We always used my Grandmother’s homemade Italian sausage but she always made the sausage with her Nephew, so none of us learned to make it. I always regret that. The only thing that could have made the Frittata better was if I had some of Grandma’s sausage.
The month of May was filled with overtime for work and poison ivy. I pulled out some poison ivy and thought that the poison ivy scrub would wash it all away. Well, that didn’t happen and I managed to spread it everywhere. Some new patches were still showing up after three weeks. Did you ever feel like you wanted to scratch your skin right off? Finally Rx steroid cream and Benedryl got rid of it. I almost canceled having my family over for Mother’s Day because the itching was so bad.
By Memorial Day most of the itching had subsided and the hubby and I went to our friends and neighbors for a cookout. Since we couldn’t go empty-handed, the hubby prepared a shrimp cocktail platter and I made Double Stuff Oreo Ice Cream Cake, Sour Cream Coffee Ultimate Crumb Cake and Ghirardelli Brownies to bring along with us. Needless to say, we were the hit of the party. I even took some of the Ultimate Crumb Cake (it’s a big cake) to work and they devoured it before lunch. Why not bring one of these cakes to the next cookout you’re invited to?
Yield: 3 servings Cook Time: 8 minutes
- 1/2 to 3/4 of a dried sweet Italian sausage, casing removed and sliced into 1/4 inch rounds
- 6 eggs
- a drizzle of milk or heavy cream, optional
- salt and pepper, to taste or as necessary (I didn’t add any since the sausage added plenty of salt)
- olive oil for frying, as necessary
Step 1: In a large frying pan (I used cast iron), place the sausage in a single layer to brown. As one side becomes brown, turn over the sausage pieces to brown on the other side.
Step 2: While the sausage browns, beat eggs in a large bowl. If desired, beat in a drizzle of cream to make the eggs more fluffy and salt and pepper, if using. After the sausage has browned on both sides, there should be enough oil in the pan from the sausages to cook the eggs but if not, add additional oil.
Step 3: Pour the eggs into the pan slowly so the sausage stays in one layer as much as possible. Cook eggs on medium heat a few minutes until the eggs brown on the bottom and slide in the pan as a whole unit. To turn over the frittata, place a dinner plate upside down on top of the frying pan, place your hand on the plate bottom and turn the frying pan over so the frittata lands upside down on the plate. Turn the frying pan right side up again and slide the frittata into frying pan so the other side of the frittata cooks. When done, transfer the frittata to a serving plate. Cut in wedges. The wedges may not be a perfect wedge because the sausage will be difficult to cut. Serve hot.
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