One of our favorite actresses, Podcasters and all-around awesome Hollywood moms, Busy Philipps, is partnering with Rao’s to host their second annual #Sauce4Cause Instagram Live Cooking Series. Philipps kicks off the series, which features other celeb chefs and guests cooking for a cause: raising money to benefit Jersey Cares, a local non-profit supporting families affected by COVID-19.
If you didn’t know Philipps had such skills in the kitchen, just check out her easy Frittata and Bloody Mary recipes below, plus her go-to summer entertaining tips!
Why did you partner with Rao’s?
First of all, I’m such a huge fan of Rao’s and have been for years. It’s my go-to sauce. I’ve purchased it forever. I love all the different sauces too. Everybody in my home sort of has a different favorite one: Arrabbiata, Vodka, Marinara, Tomato Basil—they’re n my shelves at all times, and Cricket is a big fan of the penne pasta. Beyond that, I just love the #Sauce4Cause program. I like any company that recognizes that giving back to the community where they’re based. I think that the Jersey Cares nonprofit is an incredible way for Rao’s to give back to Montclair, New Jersey, and help people who have been affected in the past year-and-a-half from COVID-19. So many people have been facing so many unprecedented challenges, and everybody can use all the help they can get at this point.
We hear you make a mean Bloody Mary recipe—any tips?
I’m a big fan of always doing a “make your own” type thing, so I like to offer a lot of different garnishes because to me, half the fun of a Bloody Mary is the garnishes. I’ve seen those places that literally put a slider on top of the Bloody Mary. We’re not going that far, but I do like some cute little different colored carrots that are shaved down. I love celery—fresh, good celery, and of course, olives. I don’t get down with the cheese-stuffed olives, but if that’s somebody’s thing, I want to at least offer them. I always think it’s fun to have a bunch of different possible garnishes out for people, and then they can make their own. It’s like a little station.
Busy Philipps’ Bloody Mary Recipe
- ½ cup Rao’s Homemade Marinara Sauce
- 2 dashes Worcestershire Sauce
- 1 tablespoon horseradish
- 2-3 dashes hot sauce
- 1 juiced lime, plus more for garnish
- 1 tablespoon olive juice
- 1 ½ oz vodka or tequila
- Grilled olives, celery and multi-colored carrots for garnish
1. In a blender, combine Rao’s Homemade Marinara or Arrabbiata Sauce, Worcestershire sauce, horseradish, hot sauce, lime juice and olive juice, pulse until combined.
2. Fill a tall glass with ice, pour vodka (or tequila) and Bloody Mary mixture into glass. Stir.
4. Garnish with olives, lime wedge, celery stick and multi-colored carrots.
What are your best summer brunch entertaining tips and hacks?
I really try to find things that are easy and don’t have to be made to order. It sounds fun to have a crepe party, but when you’re standing in the kitchen and you have to make 4,000 crepes to order, it’s a little bit like, “why did I agree to do this?” Things like my frittata recipe are great because you can make it ahead of time. You can do one with meat in it, one without meat for people who don’t eat meat. You can have different sauces to garnish on the side, like the Rao’s Homemade Arrabbiata, but some people don’t like spicy, so then you can have the Tomato Basil as well for kids or people who have more sensitive palates.
Any favorite lazy weekend go-to recipes?
I make a really mean breakfast sandwich, as well as my frittata (see recipe below). I also love a shakshuka, which is just eggs cooked in tomato sauce. That’s really easy too. Then you can grill or toast bread and have it on the side.
Such exciting news about the renewal of Girls5Eva—what are you most excited about with the show?
I’m just so glad that we get to go back and make more. I absolutely loved filming that show and I’m excited to see my girls again. I’m excited to get back to dancing and singing. I’m taking a few dance classes soon so that I can get in shape for my performances.
Get Busy’s best-ever Sunday frittata recipe below.
Busy Philipps’ Frittata Recipe
- 8 eggs
- 1 cup of ricotta cheese
- 1 cup of Parmesan cheese grated
- 1 Tbsp of fresh thyme chopped
- Salt & Pepper
- 3 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 small onion or shallot finely sliced
- 2 cups of baby spinach
- ½ cup cooked and chopped Bacon or Chorizo (optional)
- 1 cup of Rao’s Homemade Arrabbiata served on top
- 1 ripe avocado thinly sliced on top
Preheat oven to 375°F.
In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, ricotta cheese, Parmesan cheese, thyme, salt and pepper until well mixed. Set aside.
In a 10-inch cast iron or ovenproof skillet, add olive oil and cook sliced onion over medium heat for about 5 minutes until translucent.
Add spinach and cooked bacon or chorizo (optional) to the skillet and pour the egg mixture over the spinach.
Transfer the skillet to the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes or until the center is just set.
Allow the frittata to cool. Turn frittata out onto a serving platter and slice into wedges or serve in the skillet.
To serve, spoon Rao’s Homemade Arrabbiata sauce on top and add avocado slices.