Sunday, March 18, 2018

Easter Fritta (Frittata) Italian Style

In our house the traditional Easter brunch was Homemade Braided Easter Bread made with colored Easter Eggs embedded in it and Italian Style Frittata.  We call it Fritta  and it is NOT just another egg souffle.  It is the ultimate of Italian cooking.

Fritta baked in a glass baking dish

Fritta starts with a trip to the Italian store.  In Pittsburgh, you can either visit the Strip District or visit Labriola's Italian Store.  For those who do not live in Pittsburgh, you can order your supplies online from Labriola's.

Fritta fried in a cast iron skillet

In our house we always made more than one pan of Fritta and we baked it in the oven.  You can also make this Italian treat in an iron skillet which is a tradition for a lot of Italian families.

Frying Sausage to be added later

You start by precooking your Italian sausage.  We bought the sausage in casing and then slit it out of the casing to cook it into little pieces in the skillet.  You can use sweet or hot sausage according to your taste.  We made a pan of each for our family.  You set the sausage aside to be folded in after it is cooled. 

Next beat your eggs and mix in the ricotta.  I'm leaving the measurements to your taste because you can't miss with this recipe and only you know how many you are feeding.  Once you have mixed in the ricotta and the mixture is smooth, you fold in a bounty of Italian meats and cheeses.  We use diced Capicola, Genoa Salami, pepperoni, your precooked sausage, parmesan grating cheese, romano grating cheese, shredded mozzarella and provolone.  Whatever you add, you can't go wrong be it mushrooms, spinach or any of the other herbs so popular with gourmet cooking.

Fritta cut and ready to eat

Once all of the meats and cheeses are blended into the mix, you pour the mixture into a greased lasagna pan and place in the oven at 350 deg. for about an hour.  You know the Fritta is done once it has browned and a butter knife inserted into the middle comes out clean.

Fritta Slice

You may need to order your meats ahead of time if your Italian store runs out of ingredients.  As always, "Munga and enjoy!"

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