I just returned from Dallas, one child and many suitcases lighter. Sigh…. My daughter has officially opened her wings and flown from the proverbial nest to plant her roots at college. The whole thing is quite surreal as many of you may or may not know. One minute they’re spinning around in a pink tutu drinking from a sippy cup and the next you’re renting a mini fridge and lecturing them about why beer is the devil.
I actually met my husband freshman year of college. So we couldn’t help but reminisce about our move-in experience and our crummy, old and unrenovated dorm. I think my daughter was a little tired of my exclaiming every five minutes how her new dorm is “like the Four Seasons compared to where we lived!” Of course you can’t furnish the Four Seasons with cinderblocks and plastic milk crates. So we channeled our inner Nate Berkus and coordinated duvet covers with cork boards. Funny, I do not remember my parents making two trips to Bed Bath & Beyond, two trips to The Container Store, a visit to the campus bookstore, Whole Foods, and, of course, amazon.com for anything and everything we didn’t find in the oasis of Dallas and that could be delivered in 2 days flat. As another student’s exasperated father said to me after his ninth trip up the stairs with the umpteenth box, “My parents sent me to school with a towel.” Yep.
Even the food is better at college than it used to be. My daughter’s school has a smoothie and juice bar in the dining hall. I knooooow!!!!!! So I kinda had to stick my fingers in my ears and sing a little “la-la-la-la” song when my sweet girl started to complain about what she was going to eat. Not listening!
In the week after we returned from Europe and before she left, I did indulge her with all her favorites though. And it was my pleasure. We had pasta with pesto, caprese salads, spanakopita, oatmeal-butterscotch chip cookies, veggie frittatas, acai bowls and on and on. All for my daughter who was pickier than Mr. Picky and at 17 now craves fresh-pressed juices and veggie tacos. Certainly, nothing beats food cooked by your mom who loves you to the moon and back. I will miss cooking for my baby to be sure, but I am already planning cookie and granola bar care packages.
This corn and zucchini frittata is one of my daughter’s favorites and a perfect way to enjoy summer’s last gifts before they slip away. I very often make frittatas on Fridays or the weekend to use up whatever’s left in the fridge and that’s exactly how this one came about. I had leftover sautéed corn and zucchini from dinner to which I added some beaten eggs and voila! Our newest favorite frittata was born.
Surprisingly, corn goes so well with eggs and adds a beautiful sweetness, but more importantly, the perfect texture to the soft eggs. Sometimes I add goat cheese or feta to the top and I’ve even made this for a big crowd by doubling everything and baking it in a parchment-lined baking sheet.
Summer’s bounty is still here, but only for a few fleeting moments longer. Enjoy every last morsel while you can, because it will slip from your fingers before you’re ready to let it go.
- 2 Tablespoons unrefined, cold-pressed extra-virgin olive oil + additional
- 1 bunch scallions, trimmed and sliced
- 2 cloves garlic, sliced thinly
- 3 medium zucchini (about 1 pound), ends trimmed and sliced ¼-inch thick by hand or by the slicing disk of the food processor
- Fine grain sea salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 8 large eggs
- 1 ½ cups of organic corn kernels, from 2-3 ears (frozen, defrosted is fine)
- ½ cup grated cheddar or mozzarella or a few crumbles of feta or goat cheese (optional)
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a 10-inch skillet, warm the olive oil. Sauté the scallions until softened. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add the zucchini slices and a generous pinch of salt and sauté until tender, about 6 minutes.
- In a large mixing bowl, beat the eggs, 1 teaspoon salt, and a few grinds of black pepper. Stir the cooked zucchini mixture and the corn (and grated cheese if using) into the eggs and combine well. Pour the mixture back into the skillet. If using feta or goat cheese, scatter the pieces across the top of the egg mixture.
- Transfer skillet to the oven and bake until firm, about 40 minutes.
Or, cook gently over medium-low heat, covered until slightly set on the bottom, 15-20 minutes. Transfer the skillet to the oven and broil until the top is slightly puffed and golden, about 3-5 minutes. Serve warm or room temperature.
My family raved about this recipe even though they do not normally like zucchini. Thank you– your recipes are always a hit!
i might try it next time with some different veggies.
Terrific! It’s a summer dish I make on the regular.
Looks so yummy! Can you tell me how to make it eggless… my daughter is vegan.
Thank you so much!
Is there a way to do eggless, dairy free and no corn?
Yes. Puree 15-16 ounces firm or extra-firm tofu for the eggs. Omit the corn. Sub a vegan soft cheese for the dairy cheese or omit altogether.
Sure! Puree 15-16 ounces firm or extra-firm tofu for the eggs. Sub a vegan soft cheese for the dairy cheese or omit altogether.
I made this frittata, and it was delicious! Thank you for the recipe.
This might be my favorite one!
My family (Husband) is getting used to the idea of no meat some nights. I made this frittata this week and boy was it good. 3 out of 4 of us really liked it. My son wasn’t so sure but he ate it. You were so right about corn and eggs going together – delicious! In fact, I just ate the last piece this morning. As a side note, it made me a little happy that my frittata looked like your picture here in the recipe. 🙂
Nice job, Monica! Love a husband that’s down with a Meatless dinner now and then 🙂
So I was blessed with 6 zucchinis from my father and was determined to not let them go bad, like I usually do! I printed every zucchini recipe you had and started with this one. So easy and so good! My son complained about eating it, but then started and couldn’t stop. If you could just figure a way to hide the zucchini slices so he wouldn’t know what he was eating!
Haha! That happens all the time with my son, too. It’s good that he knows he ate zucchini and liked it! He’ll eat it again, you’ll see. 🙂
Would you recommend this for breakfast and can any of it be done the night before?
Perfect for breakfast! You can make the whole thing the night before and reheat it or get your vegetables sautéed and eggs cracked and combine them in the morning and bake away! You can also make this in a pie plate in the toaster oven if yours is big enough. (Toaster ovens preheat more quickly than regular ovens.)
Thank you for the quick reply Pamela. I made it for a group of 11 friends on Sunday morning and it was a huge hit. Sautéed the veggies and cracked the eggs day before as you suggested. Easy to assemble while my friends enjoyed coffee, some baked goodies and visiting. Served hot out of the oven with fresh berries and lemon Greek yogurt on the side. They all asked for the recipe and I sent them to your site (many are students of yours already!) Thanks again.
Sounds perfect! And thank you for sharing my site. Very sweet of you!
I made this last night for three reasons: 1) I don’t usually have egg dishes for family dinnner, but I thought it would be a nice change, 2) the recipe is easy enough that my nine-year old son could be my sous-chef, and 3) my eldest is heading to Hanover, NH on Monday for his freshman year, so I am feeling in sync with you about having a child leave the “nest.” What a great meal we had! The frittata was quick, tasty, and I used it in school lunches this morning for my younger children. I am adding it to my Paprika app now!
I just loved reading your comment, Nicole. Thank you for that! 🙂
Beer is the devil! Hilarious. Every word funny, charming and real. Fortunate daughter to have been sent off with such yummy goodness and love. I grew up on frittatas and love them – the addition of corn sounds brilliant. Just made your coconut macaroons for the umpteenth time and took them to a friend – she went nuts! Your recipes never fail. xo
Aren’t you the sweetest. Thank you for that. 🙂