Ovation: The Zillion Dollar Lobster Frittata.
Since we have backyard chickens I’m always on the lookout for new recipes that utilize fresh eggs. After all, you can only eat so many omelets and so much quiche before they become routine and boring. Some time ago I discovered a recipe for an easy frittata. I had never made one before but I was excited to give it a try. The only thing slowing me down was a cast iron skillet.
The recipe that I used required that the egg dish be cooked both on the stove top, like and omelet, and in the oven, like a quiche. I’ve since made many frittatas with a variety of filling and toppings. I’d say that, on average, they’ve cost between four and six dollars to prepare … a far cry from “The Zillion Dollar Lobster Frittata” on the breakfast menu at Norma’s Restaurant in the Parker Meridien Hotel in New York City. The menu says “Norma’s dares you to expense this” $1,000.00 frittata … the most expensive omelet in the world.
The Zillion Dollar Lobster Frittata is made from six eggs, a pound and a half of roasted lobster, chives, potatoes, and a lobster sauce made with the tomalley of the lobster, whiskey, and heavy cream. But the real bank-breaker is the 10 ounces of Sevruga caviar that gets piled on top of the omelet. The caviar alone costs about $1,000.00 anyway, so some might say they’re actually getting a good deal!
Since the hotel caters masterly to wealthy businessman, the restaurant sells about one of these frittatas each month. While a few people order it for themselves, it is usually sold to a group of four to eight people who all chip in to get a taste of the famous egg dish. Norma’s also offers a smaller, more affordable version of the omelet that only costs $100.00. The sell about twelve of these each month.
This weekend I stumbled upon The Fresh Egg Cookbook by Jennifer Trainer Thompson so I’ve got lots of new ideas for preparing eggs from our hens. I don’t intend to spoil the special taste of fresh eggs by piling caviar on top so I should be able to afford to eat them.
Despite the price, I think The Zillion Dollar Lobster Frittata sounds delicious!
Would you pay $1,000.00 for breakfast?
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