Mini Frittatas

0 Posted by - January 26, 2012 - Food & Drink

I had a bout of insomnia the other night that kept me up until the wee hours watching Robert Downey, Jr.’s triumphant arrival on Ally McBeal. (Netflix. Get it.) When I dragged my ass out of bed the next morning, I needed something to make life suck less. So I decided to make myself breakfast.

You all should probably know that I don’t usually make breakfast, beyond cereal. I don’t really like eggs, and bacon and sausage are too messy to cook. My inexperience was already working against me. Well, that and the fact that I am pretty much a flailing idiot in the kitchen. That, however, is not enough to stop a hungry recovering insomniac.

Eggs, I choose you! (Yeah, I know, I already mentioned I don’t really like eggs. My only defense is that I was really, really tired.)

Looks good, right? Yeah, I was fooled, too. These are called mini frittatas. I think mostly I just wanted to make them because the word “tata” is in there and that makes me laugh.

There were several problems that I can identify with my attempt at this recipe:

1. For toppings, I could only find pickle relish, banana peppers, and Mexican cheese. So I used them.

2. I am cooking spray impaired. No matter how much I spray muffin tins, stuff always sticks to them anyway. Always. I swear to God those muffin tins were fucking soaked.

Womp womp.

3. Eggs are gross.

I really tried to like them. I even made two different kinds: with pickle relish and banana peppers, and without pickle relish and banana peppers. The ones with pickle relish and banana peppers tasted about like you’d imagine. The ones without tasted like a sponge with cheese on top.

And then I was tired AND nauseated.

The lesson here, I think, is that I should never attempt to cook breakfast, ever again. Yes. That’s it.


  • Cupcakemancer January 28, 2012 - 3:42 pm Reply

    I think it’s just impossible to get egg out of a muffin tin. One of mine has been relegated to non-cupcake duty thanks to me using it for mini-quiches recently. Sadface.

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  • Kelly Szymczak June 25, 2012 - 4:52 pm Reply

    I’ve been making mini frittatas for a long time without sticking. I’m pretty sure I actually have the -exact- same muffin tin that you are using. You may be cursed, dear.

  • Sarah Andrus (@princessmom09) June 26, 2012 - 3:45 pm Reply

    it could be your pan spray, some work better than others. I swear by aldi’s brand, no kidding!!! And of course it’s gonna taste gross if you dont like eggs in the first place. Funniest blog writer ever!!!

  • wall8flower342 June 27, 2012 - 1:47 am Reply

    funniest blog I’ve come across yet. I love breakfast and refuse to stop making it but I’ve had tons of egg fails lol

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  • cm13278 June 28, 2012 - 9:58 am Reply

    I’m with you.  I tried these, and they stuck despite  my oversparying of pam.  And also, weren’t that tasty, and I DO like eggs…

  • Jess L July 3, 2012 - 3:28 pm Reply

    I laughed so hard at this post that my co-worker came to read over my shoulder. By the end, we were both laughing so hard we were crying! You rock 🙂

  • Becka July 3, 2012 - 10:26 pm Reply

    Ugh…. eggs are gross… unless thoroughly doused in ketchup…. even then…. they get smooshy and nasty the longer you eat them…. good call on the breakfast thing… You could always just make Carnation Instant Breakfast…. that just requires milk and a spoon…. Just an idea…. 

  • Caity July 24, 2012 - 10:42 am Reply

    I think I threw up a little in my mouth when you mentioned pickle relish as a topping.

  • emdotbe August 6, 2012 - 6:16 pm Reply

    I make these all the time.  My very picky kid actually loves them lol.  They are super yummy with bacon and onions  🙂

  • Sierra August 7, 2012 - 8:56 pm Reply

    I made these the other day. Popped out of the pan no problem and were super yummy. Put musrooms, red peppers, tomatoes and onion in them. Mmm.

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  • JulieHD September 29, 2012 - 12:57 pm Reply

    The problem with sticking isn’t in the amount of spray. It’s that you are spraying a non-stick pan with non-stick spray. Non-stick sprays have lethicin in them which actually makes non-stick pans sticky (because the lethicin builds up into a horrible sticky residue). I know, it’s a cruel joke right? Next time try putting a little bit of your preferred oil (vegetable, olive, canola, doesn’t really matter) onto a paper towel or dipping a basting brush and coating the pan that way. Or you could use a mister and make your own spray (hahaha I just suggested some DIY). Yes, it will take longer. BUT your food won’t stick to the pan. I recommend a magic eraser to remove the sticky residue left over from the non-stick sprays before trying the oil method.

    • AutumnVallette October 1, 2012 - 10:43 am Reply

       @JulieHD really? because i have a crap ton of nonstick pans and i spray them with nonstick cooking spray, different kinds, might i add (im poor i cant afford pam), and i never have a problem with it being sticky. her pans probably just suck.

      • JulieHD October 1, 2012 - 3:32 pm Reply

         @AutumnVallette  @JulieHD Google it or follow the link. I’m not making it up. You should never use non-stick spray on a non-stick pan.

  • KryomGAC October 11, 2012 - 10:20 am Reply

    I have trouble flipping eggs, let alone trying to be all homey and make cute breakfasts…lol

  • Abigail February 1, 2014 - 10:25 pm Reply

    So I stumbled across you tonight and hit the very first post to slowly work my way to the beginning. I made something like this last weekend (that I found on Pinterest of course) except they had squished tater tots at the bottom of the egg/topping mess. The tater tots that get precooked a bit popped around fine (I sprayed the shit out of that pan!) but once the egg worked its way to the bottom, it was a mess. They did pop out after running a knife around them in a semi-solid state. But the clean-up? Elbows deep in a soapy, scrub sponge mess that took 45 minutes to clean 12 little cups. GAH!

    • thatpandabitca March 20, 2014 - 8:32 am Reply

      Cleaning eggs is -always- a bitch so I totally sympathize.

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