Made From Scratch #02: I’m Fried and Baked, It’s Morning

featured / Made From Scratch / News / Special Features / August 25, 2017

An Omaha-inspired frittata
Serves 4

Hello again, Modern Vinyl fans. We’ve Been Eating (For You). For our second installment of Made From Scratch, we’re taking a Train Underwater to Cabbage Town. Greater Omaha (Nebraska) is home to one of our generation’s finest songwriters in Conor Oberst. It also happens to, arguably, be the birthplace of the reuben. The Big Picture? We’re making a reuben-inspired frittata. (For you culinary non-savvy individuals, a frittata is a dish that is pan-fried and then baked in the oven…clever, we know.)

Sound complicated? Don’t worry. It’s super Easy/Lucky/Free*. You can do it. And when you do, you’ll have a moment of pure Exaltation On Your Cool, Kitchen Floor.

We Don’t Know When, But A Day Is Gonna Come when you’re craving something savory for brunch and this egg-based dish featuring corned beef and sauerkraut will take your taste buds for a trip down the Road To Joy in a Classic Car with the windows down. (Editor’s note: You can eat this at any time — Sunrise, Sunset, etc. — it’s just as scrumptious!) Let’s Not Shit Ourselves: even if you’re not a fan of reubens (which would be A Little Uncanny), you’ll thoroughly enjoy this dish. You Will. You? Will. You? Will. You? Will…


*Unless you need to buy something from this list.

3 tablespoons Olive Oil
2 Medium Potatoes, peeled and diced
1/4 teaspoon Onion Powder
1/4 lb. Corned Beef (thick deli slices work great)
1/2 cup Sauerkraut
8 Eggs
1/2 cup Milk
1/2 cup Swiss cheese (either shredded or chopped deli slices are fine)
Salt and Pepper
Thousand Island Dressing
Rye bread (which you will turn into toast with The Movement Of A Hand)
Butter (for your toast)

A Bowl Of Oranges (for decoration — it just looks nice on the table!)
One Jug Of Wine… (to drink)
…Two Vessels (to not drink alone)

The Steps (At Last!)

  • First, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. You’ll need that in one swift Arc Of Time. In a medium, oven-proof skillet (we used cast iron), heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add potatoes and sprinkle with onion powder, salt, and pepper; sauté until tender (easily pierced with a fork or a Hot Knife), about 10 minutes.
  • While the potatoes are cooking, scramble your eggs and milk in a medium bowl and salt and pepper to taste. Add the corned beef and sauerkraut to the potatoes and sauté until hot, about 2-3 minutes. Pour your egg mixture evenly on top and stir gently. Let this cook for roughly 5 minutes, then sprinkle the cheese evenly on top and place the whole skillet in the oven on the center rack. Be sure to keep the handle towards the front for easy removal from the oven — and don’t forget to use an oven mitt! We don’t want to send any Get-Well-Cards…
  • Bake for 16-18 minutes, or until the eggs are set and not wiggly. Put on A Song (or four) To Pass The Time — we recommend starting with “Valle Mistico” (look it up).
  • Once you’re done singing along like a Soul Singer In A Session Band, carefully remove your frittata from the oven, drizzle thousand island dressing on top to your liking, and cut like a pie into even slices (We Believe In Symmetry). Serve with your rye toast, and voila — your dinner guests will be so impressed their eyes will go wide… and bright. (Sorry for that one.)

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TJ & Lauren Foster
Lauren and TJ Foster are a husband-and-wife songwriting duo from upstate NY, and make up half of the indie-folk group Darling Valley. They spend most of their free time cooking, listening to records and watching "Chopped" together. All that, plus an undying love for the brilliant "Bob's Burgers," led to the creation of "Made From Scratch."

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