Everything is so much cuter when it’s mini. Cupcakes, cats, DQ Blizzards…you name it. Even shoes are cuter when they’re tiny. Try and tell me you’ve never walked into the children’s section at a shoe store and gone, “OMG, LOOK AT THESE. THEY’RE SO SMALL!”
These mini frittatas are the perfect example of the appeal generated when something is miniaturized. Regular frittatas are good. Mini frittatas are great. My Mini Zucchini Frittatas are bite-sized and fun to eat. You’ve probably never thought of frittatas as finger food, but these little guys will open your mind. Don’t be deceived by their small surface area; these babies are packing even more flavor than a full-sized frittata.
Each little bite of eggy goodness is perfectly sized to cradle a slice of fresh zucchini. Just look at the photos, and you’ll know these mini frittatas were just begging for it. The zucchini serves a two-fold purpose: one, it’s so cute on top of the little frittatas, and two, it adds a bite of freshness and flavor. The zucchini cooks just perfectly upon the eggs, turning tender while still retaining a bit of crispness.
I also employ a generous amount of tangy, salty parmesan cheese. Scallions and garlic lend their fragrant flavors as well. You can eat these guys plain or do as I like to and dip them into marinara sauce. It’s so fun and delicious!
Now I must divulge the secret to cooking my mini frittatas: a Babycakes Maker. For those who are unaware, Babycakes Makers are meant for cooking up mini cupcakes and muffins in a matter of minutes. I, however, have expanded its possibilities to Pancake Poppers, frittatas, and more. It steams my mini frittatas just right, cooking them through all the way until they reach fluffy perfection. It’s super quick, and just so darn fun! However, if you don’t have a Babycakes Maker, never fear. You can cook these guys in mini muffin tins in the oven instead.
A Few Tips Before You Get Cooking:
- Don’t like parmesan? Use a low-fat cheddar or mozzarella instead.
- Shallots would be lovely in place of the onions.
- Warning: your Babycakes Maker is going to make some scary noises while these guys are cooking, but don’t be afraid! It’s totally normally; it’s the sound of the heat rising through these hot frittata tamales. Be strong and frittata on!
- Make sure you spray the Babycakes Maker liberally with nonstick spray or you’ll leave half the frittata behind in the pan.
- These are great for party appetizers or brunch.
- These are super low-calorie, so they make a great healthy meal.
Mini Zucchini Frittatas
By The Smart Cookie Cook
Yield: 16 mini frittatas
- 1 cup Egg Beaters
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1/4 cup chopped scallions
- 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
- 1 tsp. kosher salt
- 1/2 tsp. pepper
- 1 zucchini, sliced into 16 1/4-inch slices
- 16 teaspoons shredded parmesan cheese (about 6 tablespoons)
- marinara sauce, for dipping
Special Equipment: Babycakes Maker or mini muffin tin*
- Preheat your babycakes maker. Liberally spray with nonstick cooking spray.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the egg beaters, garlic, scallions, grated parmesan, salt and pepper. When the babycakes maker is hot, quickly poor about a tablespoon of egg mixture into each slot; they should be 2/3 full. Place a slice of zucchini on top of each frittata and close. Let cook for 5-10 minutes, or until golden brown and center is cooked through all the way. Use a fork and knife to gently lift the frittatas out and onto a serving plate. They will come out big and fluffy then deflate, don’t worry. Immediately sprinkle a teaspoon of shredded parmesan onto each frittatta. Cover and let the cheese melt. Serve with sauce for dipping.
*If using a mini muffin tin, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray pan liberally with nonstick cooking spray. Fill the tins until 2/3 full and top each with a slice of zucchini. Sprinkle a teaspoon of grated cheese on each and bake until golden brown and centers are set.