the mighty {frittata}

 

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With my recent departure from using wheat in my meal planning, I have been searching for recipe inspiration that will appeal to my family- recipes that won’t leave them feeling like they are missing out on something.  I have found some alternatives that my people really seem to like.

 

One thing that seems to be a perfect fit here on the farm is frittata.  I mean, we grow potatoes, we gather eggs from our hens, and I always have a selection of herbs in the gardens.  Thus, an onion and some cheese and we are golden.  I love meals that feel like we are utilizing our own land, and the mighty frittata does just that!

 

I have seen so many recipes for them – online, in cookbooks that I use as resources for all things inspiring, and through friends.  One thing that is particularly appealing to me when it comes to frittatas is the flexibility one has with the ingredients that are used.  You can incorporate so many things, and it is a great way to use up produce that might be getting a bit past it’s prime.

 

I usually slice my potatoes by hand, as thinly as I can.  A mandolin would clearly slice them thinner but that is one more step in the clean-up process and when I am making frittata, it is usually done quickly, thus, I am not keen on making more work for myself.  I generally add time to the potato cooking portion as I know my thicker potatoes are going to take a bit longer.  My boys really don’t like when the potatoes aren’t quite cooked – crunchy potatoes = bad.  I also usually use yellow potatoes as a.) it is what we grow, and; b.) they seem to hold their shape better when cooking.  Russet or baking potatoes often go mushy for me and with a frittata, I like them to retain their shape.

 

 

Basic Frittata

8 large eggs

2 Tbsp whipping cream

1 Tbsp butter

1 Tbsp oil- I have been using coconut lately

1/2 tsp salt

pepper to taste

 

 

Potato Frittata

Basic Frittata ingredients plus:

5 small potatoes sliced as thin as you can

1 small onion, chopped

1/3 cup goat cheese

 

Preheat oven to 425° F and place rack in the center of the oven.

 

In a medium bowl whisk together the eggs, cream, and salt.  Set aside.

 

In an ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat melt oil and butter, and then add onion and sauté until lightly golden.  Add the potatoes and a pinch of salt and pepper and cook for about 5 minutes – until the potatoes are relatively soft.  Remove potato and onion mixture from the skillet and set aside.

 

Reduce heat to just below medium and add egg mixture to the skillet.  Slowly cook eggs, occasionally pulling them away from the side of the pan and letting uncooked egg mixture underneath the cooked eggs.  When the eggs are almost cooked and the liquid is nearly gone add potatoes and onions to the top.

 

Crumble goat cheese over mixture and place skillet in the oven. Bake for 5-7 minutes or until cheese is melted.

 

I would love to hear what variations you come up with!

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15 Responses to the mighty {frittata}

  1. tea_austen says:

    I had to laugh when I saw your post. We made frittata from the garden last night too (only our eggs come from the neighbor’s chickens).

    I usually make frittatas with greens. Saute some onion, throw in broccoli or spinach or chard (i mince the stems and add them when I am cooking the onion). It all wilts down and I mix in eggs and cheese.

    I wrote about it here: http://www.teaandcookiesblog.com/2009/08/clean-out-the-fridge-frittata.html

    But I am going to try your potato version, as I never think to do that. Frittatas are such summery things to me. So glad the weather is warming up! Been loving all our sunshine recently. :-)

  2. Stacy ~ Sweet Life Farm says:

    Thanks Kimberly! I am grateful for this basic recipe and will try it just so! I’ve always just “winged it” and never followed a recipe, adding whatever I have on hand. I do love to add goat cheese and usually pine nuts. There is a wonderful little dairy and creamery, Mama Terra Micro Creamery, just over the ridge from me with the best goat cheese I’ve ever had. I wish I could send you some.

  3. I am seriously sitting here at work daydreaming about slicing potatoes paper thin and making a heavenly frittata with pastured eggs.

    I think my dinner plans for tonight just changed.

  4. Lori says:

    I really need to go and get another frying pan ~ one that I can stick in the oven! Love cast iron but I cannot use it on my cooktop. I have been wanting to try making a frittata for ages but again all my pans have plastic handles. I think a trip to Home Sense is now in order ~ thank you for that! xo

  5. cathy penton says:

    Looks absolutely yummy !!! on the list to try…thanks sweetie xo

  6. This frittata looks incredible! I am loving all the ingredients in the potato frittata. I may just try this for breakfast tomorrow.

  7. Jenny says:

    I love all the farm fresh ingredients! Simple and delicious. I use a mandolin for the potatoes & onions, cuz it’s a lot faster than me slicing by hand…haha! I also like to use fresh rosemary with eggs/potato (Yukon Gold) combo and any greens from the garden. yum!

  8. I was fixing a frittata once when my husband invited a college guy for dinner. After dinner our guest asked me what that dinner was called. When I said “frittata”, he said, ” When I come to your house for dinner it is always delicious … but I can never pronounce it.” :-)

  9. Melissa says:

    For Mother’s Day brunch I made a frittata with asparagus from our garden, a few herbs, eggs, and goat cheese from a local source and it was delicious. Really need fresh eggs though! It was my first attempt at a frittata and so easy to make I am sure I will try it again.

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