Monday, August 9, 2010

Tomato Basil Breakfast

I set out to bake a frittata tonight, but my trusty cast iron pan did not cooperate.  I was forced to improvise, and boy am I thrilled that I did.  Topped with tomato sauce and melted mozzarella cheese, this loose interpretation of frittata affogata (“drowned frittata” in Italian) makes an outstanding dish for breakfast, brunch, or dinner.  Serve with breakfast biscuits or slices of bread to allow guests to create their own sandwiches or to sop up the juices from this scrumptious treat.

Tomato Basil Breakfast
Adapted from Williams-Sonoma
Serves 6-8

2 1/2 cups egg substitute (such as Egg Beaters)
1/2 cup grated pecorino romano cheese
Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
3 links spicy turkey Italian sausage, casings removed (such as Jennie-O)
1 small yellow onion, cut into 1/4-inch slices
1 red bell pepper, seeded and cut into 1/4-inch slices
1 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 cup spaghetti sauce (any variety)
8 oz. fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced
6 to 8 fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced
Cooking spray

1.  Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

2.  In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, pecorino romano, salt and pepper. Set aside.

3.  Coat a nonstick skillet with cooking spray over medium-high heat. Add the sausage and cook, breaking apart the larger pieces, until browned and cooked through, 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer to a bowl. Wipe out the pan with paper towels.

4.  Coat the same pan with cooking spray again and heat over medium-high heat. Add the onion and bell pepper and cook until the onion is translucent, 3 to 4 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until the pepper is tender, about 10 minutes more. Add the sausage to the pan and pour in the egg mixture. Sprinkle the top with crushed red pepper.  Cook, using a rubber spatula to lift the cooked edges and allow the uncooked eggs to flow underneath, 2 to 3 minutes.

5.  Before the eggs set, transfer entire dish to a casserole dish coated with cooking spray.  Cook the casserole in the oven for 6-10 minutes or until the eggs are set.

6.  Remove the casserole from the oven and pour the tomato sauce onto the center, gently spreading it to the edges. Arrange the mozzarella on top. Transfer the pan to the broiler and broil until the cheese is melted, 3 to 5 minutes.

7.  Once the cheese is melted and slightly browned, remove from the broiler and sprinkle with the basil.  Serve immediately.


  1. Different herbs and spices can be mixed as well. Try other ingredients to see if it's good.

  2. This looks so healthy and delicious. You can store this in a biodegradable plastic bags after eating.


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