I would like to make you an omelette…
The other night I watched a wonderful movie with my family. The Hundred-Foot Journey is a cinematic delight about a family from India who travels to a quaint village in France to open a restaurant. It just so happens that there is a haute-cuisine restaurant right across the road, and its owner Madame Mallory (played by Helen Mirren) is not at all pleased by the arrival of her new Indian neighbors and the young chef Hassan (played by Manish Dayal) who dares to update classic French recipes with Indian spices. I won’t give away the ending, but suffice to say that it does have a happily-ever-after.
Of course, since this is a movie about food, there are many scenes of people preparing and enjoying an array of culinary delicacies. When the Indian family visits the market, the stalls are filled with the freshest fruits, vegetables, meat and seafood. I longed to taste each of the wonderful meals one after the other.
Shortly into the movie, Hassan learns of Madame Mallory’s test for determining a chef’s talent. She will ask him to cook her an omelette and will know after just one mouthful if he has the potential to be great.
And so Hassan, trying to win over Madame Mallory, makes the following significant request of the veteran restauranteur, determined to impress her with his culinary powers: “Madame, I would like to make you an omelette.”
When I heard that line, I thought of you. I haven’t made an egg recipe here for sometime now and watching Hassan make his omelette with such skill and care, made my mouth water for an omelette too.
Actually, I ended up deciding to make you a frittata which is an Italian style of cooking eggs, very similar to an omelette. Rather than folding the egg over the filling, I stir the eggs and ingredients together, and cook them slowly.
In one of the movie’s scenes, I had admired the way Madame Mallory walked around the kitchen, observing every little detail of the cooking process, making sure that the sous chefs prepared their eggs with perfection and precision as they vigorously swished a balloon whisk back and forth to break up the egg whites in the large tilted bowl until the eggs were foamy. Then, they whisked in a more circular motion, lifting the whisk up and out of the egg. The technique inspired me while I was carefully whisking my frittata together for you.
Another major theme in The Hundred-Foot Journey was the importance of using a variety of flavors to open up your senses as you eat.
I filled our Italian frittata with sautéed sweet Italian sausage, red peppers, russett potatoes, and onions (all diced up very small), and then I couldn’t resist adding garlic, parsley, and a little salt. All gluten free and even dairy free.
Just take one bite and tell me what you think.
The French restaurant in the film was a winner of the prestigious Michelin star. The President of France dined there. Without giving away any spoilers at this point, I will just say that my husband John said he would award me 2 stars for this Italian frittata! He is so sweet.
Have you seen The Hundred Foot Journey? If you haven’t yet, make sure not to watch on an empty stomach or you will be sure to get hungry. This frittata would make a delicious snack as you watch. Enjoy, friends!
Don’t forget to pin!
- 4 tablespoons olive oil
- ⅓ cup red pepper, diced
- ⅓ cup russet potatoes, peeled and diced
- ⅓ cup (half) of a fully cooked and diced gluten free sweet Italian sausage (I like Niman Ranch)
- ⅓ cup onion, diced
- 6 eggs
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
- Heat 1 tablespoon oil in your oven safe skillet. (See my note above about my oven safe skillet) Stir in diced potatoes coating them with the oil. Cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Transfer to a dish and set aside.
- Add another tablespoon of oil to your pan. Add sausage, onion, and peppers. Stir to coat with the oil and cook for about 3 minutes, stirring occasionally until the onions are translucent. Transfer to the dish with the potatoes.
- Whisk eggs in a large bowl using a balloon whisk vigorously swishing back and forth to break up the egg whites until the eggs are foamy and then, in a more circular motion until well scrambled. Then stir in the previously sautéed ingredients and seasonings.
- Now heat 2 tablespoons of oil in your skillet and coat the bottom and sides.
- Pour egg mixture into the hot pan and cook for 2 minutes.
- Meanwhile preheat your broiler on low.
- Place the oven safe skillet under the broiler until the top is golden brown and fluffy, about 4 minutes.
- Cut into slices and serve immediately.
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