The Chew: Mario Batali Frittata & Zucchini Frittelle Breakfast Recipe

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The Chew: Ultimate Challenge Dish of the Day

Mario Batali had a choice between three fridges with secret ingredients and he had to chose one and use all the ingredients inside to make the Dish of the Day.

He chose fridge one which included the ingredients:

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  • Bacon
  • Butter
  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Cottage Cheese
  • Sausage
  • Parsley
  • Basil
  • Mint
  • Red Onion
  • Zucchini
  • Potatoes
  • Maple Syrup
  • Bread

Mario Batali Frittata and Zucchini Frittelle Recipe

The Chew: Mario Batali Frittata & Zucchini Frittelle Breakfast Recipe

The Chew’s Mario Batali picked a random fridge full of food from a lineup and then used all the secret ingredients to make a frittata and zucchini frittelle recipe.

Mario Batali Frittata and Zucchini Frittelle Ingredients:

For the Seared Sausages:

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  • 6 Breakfast Sausages
  • 1 cup White Wine

For the Fritelle:

  • 1 Zucchini
  • 1/2 cup Cottage Cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 Eggs (whisked)
  • 1/4 cup Mint leaves
  • Salt and Black Pepper
  • Olive Oil

For the Frittata:

  • 1/4 pound Bacon (chopped)
  • 3 slices Bread (rough cubes)
  • 6 Eggs (whisked)
  • 1/2 Red Onion (sliced)
  • 1 Zucchini (cubed)
  • 1/4 cup Basil leaves (lightly packed; chopped)
  • 1/4 cup Heavy Cream
  • 2 tablespoons Milk
  • Salt and Black Pepper

For the Salad:

  • 1/4 cup Parsley leaves
  • 1/2 Red Onion (thinly sliced)
  • 2 Lemons
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Salt and Black Pepper
  • Maple Syrup

Mario Batali Frittata and Zucchini Frittelle Directions:

For the Seared Sausages: 

  • Heat a medium skillet over high. Add sausages and sear until crisp. Lower the heat to medium and add wine to deglaze. Allow wine to reduce to 1/3. Set aside.

For the Fritelle:

  • Grate zucchini and squeeze out excess moisture. Place in a large bowl with the cottage cheese, flour, whisked eggs, mint and season with salt and pepper. You should be able to scoop the mixture similar to a loose biscuit or waffle batter. Add more flour if need be.
  • Heat a medium skillet with 1/4-inch of olive oil over medium-high. Slide heaping tablespoons of the mixture into the oil and cook until golden on one side. Carefully flip and continue to cook until golden brown. Set aside until ready to plate.

For the Frittata: 

  • Preheat oven broiler. Heat a medium non-stick skillet over medium. Add the bacon and fry until crisp. Remove to a plate with a slotted spoon and reserve the fat. Add the bread to the pan and fry until golden.
  • Whisk together the remaining ingredients in a large bowl and season with salt and pepper. Add the bread and bacon to the bowl and toss to coat in the mixture. Pour the mixture into the non stick pan and place under the broiler. Cook for about 6 minutes.

For the Salad: 

  • Peel the lemon zest and thinly slice. Toss together with the juice of the lemons and the remaining ingredients.
  • Plate the fritatta topped with the fritelle, sausage, salad and a drizzle of syrup.

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