Frittatas are one of my favorites for quick and easy meals throughout the week. With all of the frittatas I’ve made over the years (lots and lots of them!), I have never thought to add fruit.
Fortunately, my good friend Michelle over at What’s Cooking with Kids is a bit more creative than I am! In her new cookbook, The Whole Family Cookbook, she has taken one of my favorite quick meals and added some great flavors (apples, bacon, and cheddar!). So, naturally, when I was given the opportunity to test-drive some recipes from the book, I was immediately drawn to the frittata… And, it was a huge hit. Both my husband and I loved it. I should also admit that it was much easier to make than the ones I typically whip up, so I’ll happily make it again sometime (probably soon!).
I don’t have any kids, but I had a lot of fun going through the recipes that Michelle sent along for me to try out. Even though the cookbook is aimed at kid-friendly food, I found the recipes to still have interesting and sophisticated flavors that anyone can enjoy. My husband is a good sport and will eat pretty much anything that I make (he’ll try it, at least), but I’m always on the lookout for healthy, husband friendly recipes. I’m definitely looking forward to making the lemon buttermilk sherbet this summer!
I also found that the recipes are straightforward and easy to prepare, and I was especially impressed with the way the steps in the recipe are broken down for different age groups. It’s definitely a book that I will recommend (and probably purchase as a gift!) for my friends who do have kids. It truly is a cookbook that is appropriate for the whole family!
Don’t just take my word for it, though… Be sure to take a some time to watch the great video trailer for the book. If you don’t already know Michelle, I am sure that you will instantly fall in love with her and her sweet family.
The Whole Family Cookbook is available on Amazon, but Michelle was nice enough to provide an additional copy for me to give away to a lucky reader!
Please note – This giveaway is now closed.
Congrats to Chris over at The Peche, who was randomly selected as the winner of the cookbook!
Though I can’t give a cookbook away to every one of you, Michelle was nice enough to let me share her recipe for the apple, bacon, and cheddar frittata. As you can see from the photos, it is a beautiful and elegant dish that is simple to make. We enjoyed it for lunch one day, but it is also perfect for breakfast or even dinner with a salad on the side!
Here’s what Michelle has to say about the recipe…
When I was a child, I was obsessed with animals. I never dreamed that when I grew up, my family would have a flock of chickens in the backyard! This is the perfect recipe to make use of our plethora of fresh and delicious eggs. Not only is it delicious warm, but it also packs well in an insulated bag for school lunches.
I also think it’s worth noting that Michelle’s family has given their chickens some fun and creative names… Like Kung Pao, Nugget, and Cacciatore!
ABC (Apple Bacon Cheddar) Frittata
(Serves 4, Recipe from The Whole Family Cookbook, Used with permission)
- 2 egg whites
- 8 whole eggs
- 1 cup cheddar cheese, grated
- Salt, to taste
- 3 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
- Ground Pepper, to taste
- 2 apples, Fuji or Gala
- 1 Tablespoon butter
Put the rack in the upper third of the oven. Preheat oven to 450°F.
Crack the eggs, one at a time, over a small bowl. After checking for stray shells, pour each egg into a medium bowl. To separate the egg whites, crack the egg over an egg separator or someone’s clean hands. Carefully let the egg white slip through the fingers into the bowl, with the yolk remaining. Discard the yolk or save for another recipe. Using a whisk, beat the eggs until the yolks and whites are thoroughly combined.
Grate the cheese. Younger children can help you use a rotary cheese grater (which protects their skin). Older children can use a box grater. Add half of the grated cheese to the egg mixture and stir to combine. Add a pinch of salt and pepper, to your liking.
Cook the strips of bacon. You can fry them in a skillet (watch out! They can splatter.) Or, you can bake them in the oven on a cooling rack over a rimmed baking sheet. We like this method because we don’t have to turn the bacon over and the kids stay safe.
(Jen’s Note – I cooked the bacon in the cast iron skillet that I used to make the frittata. The rendered bacon fat adds great additional flavor to the frittata and helps to keep it from sticking to the pan!)
Once the bacon cools, crumble the strips with clean hands. Use a vegetable peeler to peel the apple. If you have an apple corer, you may use it. Or, simply cut up the apple, leaving the core behind. Slice the apple pieces very thinly. As you are cutting, be sure to put the flat side of the apple pieces down, so the chunks don’t wobble on your cutting board.
(Jen’s Note – I didn’t peel the apple… I like the extra color and texture that the skin adds.)
In a medium cast-iron or nonstick ovenproof skillet, heat the butter over medium heat. Add egg mixture to the skillet. Sprinkle the bacon crumbles evenly over the eggs. Gently arrange the apples on top of the egg mixture, in a circular pattern. Sprinkle with remaining cheese.
(Jen’s Note – If you did decide to cook the bacon in your skillet, you can skip the tablespoon of butter.)
Move the skillet from the stovetop to the upper rack of your oven. Bake until frittata is firm in the center and cheese is browned, about 20 minutes. Use a flexible spatula to loosen the frittata from the pan. Carefully slide it onto a cutting board. Allow to cool for a few minutes before slicing into wedges.
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