Grilled Artichoke Frittata Squares

Grilled Artichoke Frittata Squares

Yield:   16 frittata squares
Cook Time:   35-40 minutes
These tasty protein-rich appetizers are delicious served fresh and hot from the oven but are also great served cooled, or after having chilled in the fridge. They also make a great on-the-go quick breakfast treat for those rushed mornings when made the night before.

Ingredients

  • 1 12 oz. jar Trade Joe’s grilled marinated artichoke hearts, chopped (approx. 1 cup) -Don’t forget to reserve the liquid
  • 3-4 green onions, diced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 4 eggs
  • 8 crispy crackers, (I like Ritz toasted original crackers) crumbled
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 1/4 cups of your favorite cheese, shredded (I use sharp cheddar cheese – approximately 8 oz.)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley plus a sprig for garnish

Directions

Pour 1/4 cup of artichoke marinade into a skillet and set aside. Chop artichoke hearts into roughly 1/2-inch-sized pieces and set aside. Heat marinade in skillet and add onions and garlic. Sauté until onions are tender (about 3-4 minutes). Remove from heat.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk eggs until thoroughly beaten. Add crumbled crackers, salt and pepper, cheese, parsley, artichokes and onion and stir to combine.  Pour mixture into a 8×8-inch baking pan prepared with nonstick cooking spray) bake for 35-40 minutes or until set and very slightly browned on top. Allow to cool in pan, then cut into 16 bite-size squares.

Red White and Blue Kabobs

Red white and blue kabobs
These are an easy, patriotic addition to your Memorial Day, Veterans Day or Fourth Of July BBQ table

Holiday Brunch Citrus Salad

Holiday Brunch Citrus Salad
My friend Andrea shared this recipe with me years ago.  I made it this holiday as part of Christmas brunch.  It looks so festive and is tasty and refreshing too.

Holiday Brunch Grapefruit Salad

2 white grapefruit

2 pink grapefruit

6 navel oranges

½ cup fresh mint leaves

¼ cup sugar

dried cranberries or pomagranate seeds

Directions:

1. Peel and cut between membranes of citrus to remove sections. You can do this the night before.

2.  Cut the mint leaves with kitchen scissors into thin strips.

3. Mix the mint  in with the sugar and add pomegranate seeds or cranberries.

4.  Sprinkle over the fruit and stir lightly.

Enjoy!

Psst!  I sometimes cheat and buy the fresh citrus already peeled, cut and sweetened.  Del Monte markets it in a glass jar that can be found in the refrigerator section of most grocery stores.

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Wild Mushroom and Thyme Frittata

Mushroom and Thyme Frittata
Wild Mushroom and Thyme Frittata

Ingedients

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter (plus a little for the dish)
  • 8 oz. Morel or Baby Bella mushrooms sliced
  • 1 ½ cup Havarti cheese shredded
  • ½ cup whipping cream
  • ½ teaspoon dry mustard
  • ¼- ½ teaspoon chopped fresh thyme leaves (Use only half as much if using  dried thyme instead of fresh)
  • 7-8 large eggs
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

 

Preparation

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

In a large frying pan over high heat, melt the 2 tablespoons of butter and add mushrooms. Cook stirring often until lightly browned, about 5 minutes.

Butter a 10 inch quiche pan and sprinkle cheese in the bottom.

In a small bowl, mix cream, mustard, thyme, salt and pepper.

Pour just half of the cream mixture over the cheese.

Top with mushrooms and eggs. Pour remaining cream mixture over the top.

Bake until eggs are set, about 35 minutes.

Serves eight.

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Heavenly Deviled Egg Salad

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I adapted this recipe from one I found in Celebrate Cookbook by Sheila Lukins. I love her deviled eggs and make them every year at Easter. This modified recipe allows you to enjoy this vegetarian delight for lunch or as a snack. Continue reading

Artichoke Cheese and Rosemary Frittata

artichoke rosemary and cheese  fritatta

Artichoke Cheese and Rosemary Frittata

¼ cup chopped onions
1 jar (8oz) drained artichoke hearts, cut up
1 cup grated cheese (any kind you like, I like Sharp Cheddar & Monterey
Jack)
4 eggs
1/4 cup Bisquick
1 cup milk
½ tsp. fresh rosemary (or ¼ tsp. dried rosemary)
salt and pepper to taste
fresh shaved or grated Parmesean cheese (optional)

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Shrimp Gazpacho

light and healthy, no-cook meal for a warm summer night.

light and healthy, no-cook meal for a warm summer night.

Shrimp Gazpacho

Ingredients

2 garlic cloves, chopped
2 tablespoons EVOO (extra virgin olive oil)
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/2-3/4 pound cooked large shrimp, peeled, deveined
3/4 pound cherry tomatoes diced into 6ths (I used a combination of red and yellow ones and rinse off most of the seeds)
1 red bell pepper, chopped into 1/4-1/2 inch dice
1/2 large cucumber, peeled, seeded, chopped into a 1/4-1/2 inch dice
1 bunch green onions, chopped
1/2 bunch fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
1/2-1 large jalapeño chili, minced
1 1/2 cups (12 oz) V-8 spicy tomato juice, chilled
Lemon wedges

Preparation

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