Ina's Omelet Fail Is Proof That Even the Queen Is Human

What she wants us to learn from her mistake.

Ina Garten with Blueberry Bran Muffins

Ina has learned a thing or two in her years of cooking, and this weekend she reveals her secrets for make-ahead breakfasts. She loves to entertain for breakfast but doesn’t want to wake up at 5 a.m. to do it.  Ina recalls, “The first time I ever made eggs for a crowd, I did a party when I was really young, Jeffrey and I were first married. I made omelets for each person. Trust me, that was a bad idea. That's why frittatas are great, because not only can you make frittatas all at once, either a big one or mini ones, but you can make them ahead, refrigerate them, and reheat them. A little secret.”

Close-up of Mini Italian Frittatas

She builds her Mini Italian Frittatas in muffin tins to give each person an individual frittata, “You could make a large one, but it’s more fun this way.” She cooks them the night before and then stashes them in the fridge. “Reheat them at 350 degrees for 15 minutes and no one will ever know.”

Watch new episodes of Barefoot Contessa: Cook Like a Pro Sundays at 12|11c and get more of Ina’s tricks for flawless breakfast entertaining.

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