Heirloom Recipes

A Pantry-Friendly Frittata Drowned in Tomato Sauce (For Guaranteed Flavor)

June  5, 2017

Ice cream lovers and coffee addicts might already be familiar with the Italian dessert affogoto, a scoop of ice cream softened with a shot of hot espresso.

But the Italian word affogato—which translates to "drowned" in English—can also be applied to a frittata that's been covered with sauce. It's easy insurance against (or treatment for) dry or tasteless eggs, and works well when your pantry is stocked with ingredients that make more sense spooned over, rather than folded into, the mixture.

Food52er Susan, who writes for the bimonthly expat paper The Bali Advertiser, where she first published this recipe in April 2013, was introduced to frittata affogata in Italy:

One chilly Italian afternoon, a Florentine friend served me frittata affogata, which is sort of a "drowned" omelet. Because I can rarely leave a recipe alone, I added capers, anchovies, and olives once I got home. But that day, we paired it with a green salad and a glass of crisp white to wash it down as we watched puffy clouds float by his kitchen window.

(Sounds romantic, right?)

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Susan's instructions have you flipping the set frittata in order to brown both sides, but if that makes you nervous, you could pour the sauce over the barely-set eggs, add cheese, if you'd like, and put it in the oven (or under the broiler) until the sauce is hot (and that cheese is melted). Drizzle with olive oil, top with fresh herbs, serve with crusty bread, and pretend you're in Tuscany.

Any leftover slices will make an excellent sandwich the next day (or later that same afternoon).

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Chip June 8, 2017
Our panties are now safe!
Sarah J. June 10, 2017
Stark311 June 5, 2017
Because not enough recipes are panty-friendly...
zelda June 5, 2017
Check the headline for a typo!
Sarah J. June 5, 2017
Thank you! I fixed it! [Bows head in shame]
Michael410 June 5, 2017
Not sure what this recipe has to do with underwear, but whatever.
Girlfromipanema June 5, 2017
I think you mean a pantRy?
Sarah J. June 5, 2017
Definitely meant pantry... :-o