Just quick and simple. Saturday I did omelets for the wife unit and I but Sunday, I just wanted the ease of fire & forget (at least for 20 minutes). With omelets, you have to make them one at a time but for a frittata, you can make it pretty much as big as you like, even if in two pans if you like for even more people.
The range of ingredients is whatever you like. in this case, it’s ham, onion, and Swiss cheese. I first melted some butter in the pan, turned off the heat, preheated the oven to 350F, introduced six eggs and then piled on ham (jambon blanc, thinly sliced, available at fine deli counters), thinly sliced onion and the cheese. Pop it in the center rack for 20 minutes. I like to finish off with a couple of minutes under the broiler. The pics can be clicker for higher res versions.
Very easy, simple quick, little mess and you can serve right from the pan. So there you go.
I said in a previous entry that I wasn’t going to be reviewing any of the many new Paleo books coming out anymore out of lack of time and well, just the fact that there’s a new Paleo book about every week, now, many of them cookbooks. I’m going to make an exception because I think this one dispenses with any notion of “look how fancy this all is” and makes it so very simple and sane.
Actually, when it came in the mail from the publisher I just set it on the stack of the other books from the same and other publishers I don’t have time to read and adequately review. Then Beatrice saw it. It piqued her interest and so she went through it dog-earing recipes she wanted me to prepare for her. She’s never shown this kind of interest before, as she usually just likes the things I always prepare. But as I was to see, there’s a real simple purity and down-home realness to this book Chrissy Gower has put together.
So yesterday right after that brunch above, I sat down and went through the thing page by page and guess what the first few recipes are? Yep, Frittatas, all done in the crock pot or slow cooker (about 2 hours on low). Just as easy, just as little mess, etc. So I immediately knew I’d have to include it in this post and I’m happy to.
Of course, it contains all the classics you already know of slow cooking. The recipes are simple, all very easy to modify in your own unique ways. But I also can’t think of a better book for a Paleo beginner. In slow cooking, cooking times are often just minimums. Leaving something in longer usually doesn’t hurt. For many of the meat dishes, cooking times are about 8 hours or so. Flip the thing on when you go to work. Alternatively, get a timer switch to turn it on at a specific time.
And in addition to all the classics, there is an array of other things I never thought about making in a crock pot, including desserts or treats and on that score, the section is very modest, simple, sensible. Most focus on berries and other fruits.
Heartily recommended for one & all: Paleo Slow Cooking: Gluten Free Recipes Made Simple.