Monday, January 30, 2012

This Week's Cravings {FAVORITE COOKBOOK RECIPE}: Spaghetti Frittata {Vegan}

Today's This Week's Cravings theme is sharing Recipes from your Favorite Cookbook. If you've followed the blog for long, you may know about my tween crush (except they didn't call us tweens then...they just called us 11 and 12-year-olds) on The Frugal Gourmet, Jeff Smith. His cookbook, a now stained and battered paperback copy of The Frugal Gourmet (1984) is my absolute favorite cookbook. Probably a great deal of that is sentimental attachment. You can read more about my tween crush in my posts for Eggplant Caponata and Spaghetti Frittata (a version of which I'm making today). Yes, his books are filled with meaty meat recipes, too. But, there is an incredible about of vegetarian dishes, especially for the mainstream 1980s. And, a lot of the non-vegetarian stuff can be easily converted.

Thanks to Angela's excellent egg substitute post over at ... no joke, it changed my cooking life, I've decided this go-around to substitute canned pumpkin puree for the eggs instead of the cornstarch and water mix I used last time.

Spaghetti Frittata
Adapted from Spaghetti Frittata, originally from The Frugal Gourmet (1984), serves 2
  • 1/2 pound thin spaghetti, cooked, drained, rinsed and cooled
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree (or 4 portions other egg substitute
  • 1/2-3/4 cup parmesan cheese or substitute
  • Italian seasoning, to taste
Turn oven on broil.

Blend all ingredients (reserving a bit of "parmesan") together and fry in an oven-safe pan in olive oil until under-side is browned. Once under-side is browned (about 5-7 minutes over medium-high heat), top with reserved "parmesan" and broil until golden brown (about 5 minutes). Eat it all before your husband sees it. Or be sweet and share (I won't tell if you don't).

The Results
I LOVE the pumpkin puree in this, it brings its own flavor without completely taking over the dish. The kids loved this version, too. We may have *accidentally* eaten it all before my husband could get a serving, so we're not sure what he thinks.

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      1. Hi Kristi! Thank you for hosting! I've linked up an older post, but I've updated it to include a link back to you. I love Nigella's Venetian Carrot Cake recipe - it takes carrot cake to a whole new level. People just rave about it. The book it comes from, 'Kitchen', is an invaluable resource in my kitchen!

      2. Oh my goodness April, that cake looks fantastic. If I had any almond meal I'd be making it today! And I would definitely use almonds instead of pine nuts, too.

      3. If you like rice, try this. We just cooked it, in CEiMB and it was liked by all.

      4. Hi Kristi. I'm sharing my favorite crust recipe from Shelley Adam's Cookbook, Whitewater Cooks at Home. Great round up this week. I'm excited to start exploring.