As our readers know, Kate and her family recently completed a successful royal tour of Canada. One can imagine that after completing such a productive (and busy) tour, the family wanted to enjoy each other’s company in the comforts of their home. One can envision William, Kate, and the children sleeping in, and then waking up to partake in a hearty brunch together. It is easy to envision Kate and William reminiscing about their memories of the tour as they prepared the meal and helped their children get seated at the table. Perhaps Kate even prepared a sweet treat for her children, who behaved so wonderfully during the tour. The ideal meal for such an occasion would be the Full English Frittata, which is featured in Pippa Middleton’s book, Celebrate. As explained below, the Full English Frittata is an easy-to-make meal that is quite delicious. Indeed, it is perfect for anyone returning home from a long trip (royal or otherwise!).
Full English Frittata
Makes two frittatas (serves eight)
4 tablespoons olive oil
6 sausages, cut into chunks
12 slices of bacon, cut into bite-size pieces
7 ounces of baby Portobello or small button mushrooms, halved
16 cherry tomatoes, halved
16 large free range eggs
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
5 ounces cheddar cheese, grated
Preheat the broiler to high.
Divide the oil between two 10-inch oven proof frying pans and heat, then divide the sausages between the pans. Sauté for a few minutes to brown them before adding half of the bacon to each pan. Continue cooking for another 2 to 3 minutes. Add the mushrooms to each pan, and fry for 5 to 6 minutes. Divide the cherry tomatoes between the pans and cook for another minute.
In a bowl, whisk the eggs and season generously. Pour half of the egg mixture into each pan and cook over low for 8 to 10 minutes to set the base. Scatter half of the cheese over one frittata, then transfer the pan to the broiler and cook for 4-5 minutes or until lightly golden and set. Do the same with remaining cheese and the second frittata. When the frittatas have cooled slightly, cut each into wedges to serve.
To make this into a larger brunch meal you can make Croque Monsieur sandwiches. Spread a slice of white bread with Dijon mustard, layer ham, and grated Gruyere cheese, and top with a slice of white bread. Butter the bread on both the top and bottom of the sandwich. Fry the sandwiches for a few minutes in butter on each side, until golden. Serve with a fried egg on top for a Croque Madame.