No, that’s not a typo. Today is National Pi Day, as in the Greek letter Pi (π), which stands for the mathematical constant 3.14… Pi is a non-terminating number, which means that it actually continues in an infinite number of decimal places but for practical purposes it is routinely shortened to 3.14. So since today is March 14th (or 3-14) it is observed as Pi Day. It was first celebrated by the San Francisco Exploratorium (Science and Art Museum) in 1988 and was recognized by the U.S. House of Representatives in 2009 as a National Holiday and has been celebrated annually ever since.
We’re going to celebrate today by making our favorite egg pie, a frittata. My girls aren’t big fans of dessert pies but this dish is one of their favorite meals. Whenever I’m planning a weekly menu and ask them what they want to eat they almost always reply, “Frittata!” So here’s our recipe for our favorite Pi(e):
4-5 green onions, chopped (green and white parts separated)
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 tbsp. olive oil
2 cups frozen cubed hash brown potatoes
1 cup frozen corn
4 large eggs, lightly beaten
4oz. shredded mozzarella cheese
Salt and pepper
**You may also add one or more of the following optional ingredients:
1 cup diced ham
1 cup chopped tomatoes
1 cup fresh spinach
Heat 2 tbsp. olive oil in ovenproof 10” skillet and cook potatoes until tender. Add garlic and white part of onions and cook through. Add corn and optional ingredients; season to taste and remove from heat. Preheat broiler. In medium sized bowl, whisk together eggs, cheese, and green onions. Add potato mixture to bowl and stir to combine. Heat 1 tbsp. olive oil in pan and return contents of bowl to pan. DO NOT STIR! Shake pan gently to distribute mixture evenly in pan and cook until underside is golden but top is still wet (5-10 minutes). Place pan in oven on top rack and broil until top is set and golden brown (3-5 minutes). Remove pan from oven (PAN WILL BE EXTREMELY HOT) and carefully slide frittata onto a plate. Allow to cool and slice into 6 wedges. We like ours served with green hot sauce or salsa.