So you drank your fill last weekend, and followed up with your favorite hangover comfort foods and/or brunch. But with the onrush of cold weather, those won't be so easy to procure this weekend. Unless, of course, you make your own.
Brunches and the best hangover foods share an affinity for eggs. Brunch – easy to see why. Hangover food? The cysteine in the eggs cleans up toxins left by excessive boozing. Yes, facebook meme posters, you got to me – science is, indeed, f*~g amazing.
You could make scrambled eggs and toast for your rommates and nearby friends. But that would be boring. The answer to this weekend's brunch/hangover challenge is the fool-proof Kitchen Quorum Frittata. The beauty of this dish is its adaptability. Only have 5 eggs? A handful of frozen hashbrowns? Want to sauté some mushrooms with those potatoes? Use bacon grease instead of butter? No problem. Use what you have, add what you like, and just remember that eating undercooked eggs can mess you up and it’s no one’s fault but your own (there, the legalese is out of the way). Thankfully, it's hard to mess up this recipe once you get the basic idea.
Accompany with champagne (if brunching), or Pedialyte* (if hung over).
Now if only Congressional binges were so easy to cure....
Kitchen Quorum's Easy Frittata Recipe
- 6 eggs
- 1/4 cup milk (any percentage; reduce amount if using fewer eggs)
- 1 & 1/2 cups grated cheese (the pre-grated packages are great)
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 Tab butter or oil
- 2 cups frozen hash browns, thawed (any flavor/type)
- Garnish (chopped tomatoes, peppers, herbs, bacon, more cheese – be creative)
Whisk the eggs together in a bowl. Then stir in milk, 1 cup of cheese and salt. Set aside.
Heat the butter or oil in a skillet over medium-high heat a) if butter, until it sizzles, b) if oil, until it streams rapidly when you tilt the pan.
Add the potatoes and sauté, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned.
Heat the broiler.
Make sure the potatoes are evenly distributed across the skillet. Reduce the stove temperature to medium heat, and then pour the egg mixture over the potatoes. Cover (important!), and cook until the eggs are set on the bottom (6-8 minutes; they might still be a little wet-looking in the center).
Uncover, sprinkle with remaining cheese, and place under broiler until lightly browned (watch it!).
Remove from heat, garnish with tomatoes and anything else you think would be tasty. Let cool slightly, then slice into wedges and serve. These refrigerate well and can be reheated.
* Pedialyte is the greatest-kept secret of fast-recovering drinkers everywhere. Go to the diaper section of any CVS or grocery store – it's for sick kids, but it has all the nutrients you need to recover, and packs only 100 calories/liter. It’s easy on the stomach, and the orange one tastes like a cross between children's aspirin and orange jello. Recovery guaranteed....