Friday morning marks the start of the Dubai weekend and it's right up there as one of my favourite parts of the week. It's not that it's particularly quiet or indeed, without activities - swim training is pretty relentless like that - but the pace of the morning, without school and work, has an almost relaxed air to it and we don't see too much of that around here.
#1 and #2 teenage sons both train in the morning, so there is dropping off and picking up for one, overlapped with dropping off and picking up for the other. It's also my turn for a lie-in (my lovely husband gets his on a Saturday) so maybe that explains why I feel like I have a mini spring in my step.
Teenage boys who are always hungry are even more so after powering up and down the pool for a couple of hours, so by the time everyone is home at 11.30am there is serious eating to be done.
There's something rather warm and homely about a lazy weekend breakfast. There's time to chat a bit, enjoy a leisurely coffee and have an extra slice of toast ... even cracking open a jar of marmalade if we're feeling particularly racy. Friday morning is far enough away from Sunday that nobody has quite stepped over into the dark side of thinking too much about homework and weekend chores and maybe it's that that makes it the most 'free and easy' part of the week. Whatever we're eating for this late Friday breakfast needs to be a million miles away from functional weekday cereals and preparing something hot has got to be a significant first step to getting it spot on.
These Mini Chorizo Frittatas tick so many boxes when it comes to a glorious weekend breakfast. Not only are they warm, tasty and nutritious, but they are also quick and easy to make, as well as a perfect choice for the whole family. Most recently, I served these with oven-roasted tomatoes, baked beans and some warm toast. Yum.
So here's why they are sure to become one of your weekend favourites too -
- These frittatas are highly adaptable. The key filling ingredient is the potatoes but beyond that, you can let your creativity run wild. Here I've used chorizo, spring onions, cheddar and a touch of parsley but why not try a selection of these fillings - goat's cheese, feta cheese, chilli, oven-roasted cherry tomatoes, roasted sweet potatoes, peas, lardons, smoked salmon, slices of sausage, leftover chips, sweetcorn, spicy cooked chicken ... the list could go on and on.
- Making these frittatas muffin-sized means that they cook much quicker, so there is more 'lounging around the table' time and less 'hovering around the oven' time. I use a silicone muffin tray but I do find that the tray benefits from being brushed with a touch of oil to prevent sticking (even if the instructions say it's not necessary). If your muffin tray is a metal one, try using paper cases for the frittatas - mine always stick mercilessly if I don't. Scraping cooked egg out of the inside of a muffin tray will, after all, completely negate all that "I love a weekend breakfast" happy vibe.
- It's also hugely convenient that the filling for these frittatas can be prepped ahead of time and shared out between the muffin tins so that when you're ready to cook, the egg mixture can be poured in and they can be popped in the oven. Get the oven preheating and you're talking 15 minutes from walking through the door to sitting down to eat.
- And the whole convenience thing makes them ideal if you are feeding a crowd for breakfast. Much easier than trying to cook scrambled, fried or poached eggs for 6, 8, 10 ...
- The fillings need to be pre-cooked but this is a great way of using up a bunch of leftovers. Just loosely fill the muffin holes with your chosen goodies, leaving a bit of space for the beaten egg.
- The general rule of thumb is 1 egg for every 2 frittatas + a splash of dairy (milk, cream, yoghurt, creme fraiche ... you choose). Prepare the mixture in a jug and pour into the muffin tray when you're ready to go. Easy peasy.
- Once cooked, these will keep for a couple of days in the fridge and would also make a good breakfast on the run ... or a perfect addition to a packed lunch ... or for a picnic ... or an 'anytime' snack.
- I love them with a drizzle of sweet chilli sauce or a splodge of chutney.
Fancy giving these Mini Chorizo Frittatas a whirl? You know you do ...