Mini Caprese Frittatas

by Chrissy

As we’ve discussed, everything is better in mini form.

Except portions of gourmet mac n cheese. Always take the big dish of that stuff. It’s not everyday that you will come across a heaping portion of creamy, cheesy, black truffle-y, mac n cheese. We discovered the best black truffle mac n cheese tonight while tasting a preview SD Restaurant Week menu at Mister A’s and it was literally a piece of heaven.

So back to the little things. We’ve already shared this simple and delicious Caprese Frittata with you, but here’s a slightly different version with a few things added and, as you can see, transformed into individual servings.

They are the perfect thing to serve at a brunch or a shower, especially since this recipe is easily doubled, as long as you have another 12-cup muffin pan…which should be a kitchen staple, as one is never enough. Ever.

These are simple to make and fun to eat. Here’s the how to:

Preheat oven to 350 and generously coat muffin pan with cooking spray.

Add oil to skillet and cook garlic for 30 seconds before adding the pint of grape tomatoes (holding 6 back for later).

Let them cook down for 6-8 minutes, until all of them have burst and started to deflate. Add the sun-dried tomatoes, salt and pepper and cook for another 1-2 minutes.

Add the basil in the last 30 seconds mix into the tomatoes. Turn the heat off and set aside.

Meanwhile, whisk the eggs, milk, salt and pepper together until completely combined.

To fill: equally divide the tomato-basil mixture in the bottom of each muffin pan well.

Add a pinch of shredded mozzarella cheese on top of the tomatoes.

Then carefully pour the egg mixture over each well, filling almost to the top (leaving about an 1/8 inch from the top). Give the pan a slight shake/tap to allow the egg mixture to settle to the bottom, topping them off, if necesary.

Place in the oven and let cook for about 12 minutes, then remove from oven and top each frittata with a half of tomato and a half of a fresh mozzarella ball. Place back in the oven for 5-6 minutes, until done. The center will be slightly puffed up, and there won’t be any uncooked egg liquid in the middle.

With a small knife, trace around the perimeter of each well to help loosen the sides so that the frittata is easily remove-able. Serve warm or at room temperature, by itself or with salsa and/or hot sauce of your choice!

 

Mini Caprese Frittatas

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Makes 1 dozen mini frittatas (You can easily double the recipe for a big crowd!)

Ingredients:

1 Tbsp olive oil

I pint grape tomatoes

2 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 tsp salt, or more to taste

1/2 tsp pepper

¼ cup sun-dried tomatoes, chopped (not packed in olive oil)

½ cup basil, chiffonade

10 eggs

2 ½ Tbsp milk, (salt and pepper)

½ cup shredded mozzarella

 

For garnish:

6 fresh mozzarella balls, halved

6 grape tomatoes, halved

basil, chiffonade

 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 and generously coat a 12-cup muffin pan with cooking spray; set aside.

Heat the olive oil in a medium skillet. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds before adding the whole pint of grape tomatoes (reserving 6 for later). Cook tomatoes on medium-high heat until each of them have “popped”, stirring occasionally. After about 6-8 minutes they will look deflated, at this time add the sun-dried tomatoes, ¼ tsp salt, 1/8 tsp pepper and let cook for another 1-2 minutes. In the last 30 seconds of cooking, add the basil and stir. Turn the heat off and set aside.

For the eggs, crack 10 eggs into a bowl and whisk together with milk, ¼ tsp salt, and 1/8 tsp pepper.

To prepare the mini frittatas in the muffin-pan, start by equally dividing the tomato-basil mixture to the bottom of each cup. Add a pinch of shredded mozzarella cheese on top of the tomatoes. Then carefully pour the egg mixture over each well, filling almost to the top (leaving about an 1/8 inch from the top). Give the pan a slight shake/tap to allow the egg mixture to settle to the bottom, topping them off, if necessary.

Place in the oven and let cook for about 12 minutes, then remove from oven and top each frittata with a half of tomato and a half of a fresh mozzarella ball. Place back in the oven for 5-6 minutes, until done. The center will be slightly puffed up, and there won’t be any uncooked egg liquid in the middle.

With a small knife, trace around the perimeter of each well to help loosen the sides so that the frittata is easily removeable. Serve warm or at room temperature, by itself or with salsa and/or hot sauce of your choice!

 

From the Little Yellow Kitchen,

Chrissy

 

 

 

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8 Comments to “Mini Caprese Frittatas”

  1. how cute! I just want to NOM on these this weekend

  2. Such a great idea! I’m tucking this away for the next baby shower brunch I host!

  3. Chrissy

    Larry, they are just the cutest little breakfast items.

  4. What a whimsical idea for a frittata! I love frittatas in general, and this is very cute and clever. Looks absolutely delicious. Well done!

  5. These looks so good….and don’t even get me started on how adorable they are!

  6. Chrissy

    tehehe.. so cute! Thanks!

  7. Chrissy

    Thanks, Jean! I love that you used the word whimsical to describe them. I’ve only heard that word on Iron Chef and think it’s pretty great :). These little guys are perfect for serving at large brunches/parties!

  8. Chrissy

    I know! The perfect shower item. Light, fun, cute, and TASTY!