Friday, October 14, 2016

Zombie Barf Frittata!

     Zombie Mania!
     Zombie mania has swept over the world the last few years.  Plenty of people want to be zombies for Halloween and this is great for the seasonal costume shops.  In order to get the most out of the Halloween zombie experience, one must walk, eat and breathe like a zombie.  
     The zombie dining experience in Hollywood movies can be rather ghastly.  Brains are usually the most popular item on the menu, but when the zombies are hungry, nothing is wasted.  As one can imagine, the contents of a zombie stomach must look rather bizarre.  Many low budget horror movies include a scene where zombies spew whatever they ate all over the place.  The zombie barf scene in a grade B horror movie offers the necessary shock value that gets the audience involved.    
     So, what are the zombie dining options during the Halloween season?  Most restaurants and bars just offer the same old glorified junk food.  Very few restaurants are willing to offer Halloween theme menu items.  This means that one must do some home cooking if the guests want some Halloween theme food.
     Zombie Barf is a nice choice for a Halloween theme meal, because it offers the shock value that can turn the dining experience into a fun event.  Like the old saying goes, "Sharing is caring!"  Sharing some Zombie Barf with the ones that you love, is an act of kindness that will surely be rewarded with thanks.  
     Today's recipe is easy to make.  Zombie Barf actually is a tasty frittata that can be served for any meal.  The eggs are flavored with Thai Green Curry Paste and Indian Cilantro Chutney.  Those two ingredients give the eggs a natural green color.  Jars of Cilantro Chutney are available at Indian food markets.  Thai Green Curry Paste can be found in Asian food markets and some grocery stores.
     To create a dramatic effect, the green eggs have to be topped off with food items that represent the contents of a zombie stomach.  Tube pasta looks like guts, the roasted red peppers look like chewed body tissue and the ham looks like muscle tissue.  These toppings keep the Zombie Barf Frittata within the realm of comically tasteful bounds.    
     For the sake of keeping things convenient for the Halloween holiday, a few pre-made products are used in today's recipe.  Bottled Green Jalapeño Hot Sauce was used to paint the plate.  I chose to use some bottled Green Hof's Sauce.  Hof's Sauce is named after Dennis Hof, who owns a few brothels in Nevada and he operates the Area 51 Alien Travel Center & Alien Cathouse near the old Nuclear Test Site.  This is where gourmet food shoppers can find bottles of the authentic Green Hof's Sauce with the alien abducted cow on the label.  This green hot sauce will certainly please guests that are alien zombie conspiracy theorists.   
     Occhi di Lupo Pasta:
     This recipe yields 1 garnish portion.
     Occhi di Lupo pasta translates to "wolf's eye pasta."  Wolf's Eye Pasta is perfect for this recipe, but if none is available, then any wide tube pasta can be used.
     Step 1:  Cook about 6 to 8 pieces of occhi di lupo pasta in boiling water over high heat, till they are al dente. 
     Step 2:  Cool the pasta under cold running water.
     Drain the water off of the pasta and set it aside.
     Ham & Vegetables:
     This recipe yields 1 garnish portion.
     Step 1:  Heat a sauté pan over medium/medium low heat.
     Add 1/2 tablespoon of blended olive oil.
     Add about 5 pieces of thick sliced onion center section.
     Sauté till the onion just starts to become tender.
     Step 2:  Add 3 tablespoons of coarsely chopped roasted red bell pepper.
     Add 4 thin slices of green jalapeño pepper.
     Add 5 asparagus tips.
     Add 1 1/2 ounces of thin sliced deli style ham that is cut into wide ribbon slices.
     Add 3 long green onion tops.
     Step 3:  Sauté till the vegetables start to become tender and till a few light brown highlights appear on the ham ribbons.
     Step 4:  Remove the pan from the heat.
     Set the pan aside and let the ingredients cool.

     This recipe yields 1 garnish portion.
     Step 1:  Heat a sauté pan over medium/medium low heat.
     Add 1/2 tablespoon of blended olive oil.
     Add 1 1/2 cups of small fresh spinach greens.
     Saute and stir, till the spinach wilts.
     Step 2:  Remove the pan from the heat.
     Place the wilted spinach on a small platter and set it aside.

     Zombie Barf Frittata:
     This recipe yields 1 petite frittata entrée.  
     Step 1:  Place 2 large eggs in a mixing bowl.
     Add 1/2 tablespoon of Thai Green Curry Paste.
     Add 1 tablespoon of Cilantro Chutney.
     Whisk the ingredients till the eggs start to foam.
     Step 2:  Heat a non-stick sauté pan over medium/medium low heat.
     Add 1 1/2 tablespoons of unsalted butter.
     Add the egg mixture.
     Cook the frittata till the eggs are firm on the bottom half and the top half of the frittata is uncooked.
     Step 3:  Remove the pan from the heat.
     Place dabs of the wilted spinach on the uncooked eggs on the top half of the frittata.
     Arrange the sautéed vegetables and ham on the green frittata, so they create a Zombie Barf visual effect.
     Arrange the pieces of wolf's eye pasta on the frittata, so they resemble pieces of protruding intestines.
     Sprinkle 1/2 tablespoon of imported Italian canned crushed plum tomato over the frittata.
     Lightly season the toppings with sea salt and black pepper.
     Step 4:  Sprinkle 3 tablespoons of grated mozzarella cheese over the frittata.
     Sprinkle 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil over the frittata.
     Step 5:  Place the frittata pan in a 325ºF oven.
     Bake till the eggs on the top half of the frittata are fully cooked.  (Try not to let the frittata toppings brown.)
     Step 6:  Slide the Zombie Barf Frittata onto a plate.
     Pour and splatter about 2 tablespoons of Green Jalapeño Hot Sauce on the plate around the Zombie Barf Frittata, so it looks like green barf splatters.
     No garnish is necessary!

     The aroma of a steaming hot fresh Zombie Barf Frittata is captivating!  

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