Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Frittata madness

Apparently, I've totally forgotten how to cook for one. Tory was gone for almost a month, and I ate a lot of quesadillas. With barbecue sauce. Don't judge. 
When I finally broke down and, you know, cooked something, I settled on frittatas. They're great for breakfast, lunch and dinner! 

I know there are a lot of frittata recipes out there, but I really like this one- it's a two pot recipe, and the potatoes get nice and crispy because they're layered on a hot cast iron before going into the oven. I'm pro-crunch, and am quite certain I am not the only one.

Layered Fritata

1 onion, sliced into half moons
1 tbs butter
1 tbs olive oil
2 handfuls of spinach (I used baby, but regular is fine)
3 medium red potatoes, sliced fairly thin
1/2 c. pepper jack, shredded
1/4 c. parmesan, shredded
4 eggs (even though there were 3 in the picture, I needed another)
1/2 c. milk
1 cast iron skillet

Preheat oven to 375F. In cast iron skillet, melt butter and olive oil over medium heat, and caramelize onions- about 15 minutes. Don't forget to stir! Take off the heat once they're nice and brown, nudge them over to one side and start (carefully- it's hot) layering the potatoes in a circle. Once you've finished one side, nudge the onions on the potatoes you just put down and layer potatoes on the the other side. You should used about half the potatoes. 

Sprinkle half the (total) cheese on the potatoes, add one handful of spinach. Another layer of potatoes (this should used the rest) and spinach. Sprinkle the rest of the cheese over the spinach. Return the pan to medium heat.

In a bowl, beat the eggs with the milk. Add in 1 tsp salt, and fresh pepper to taste. Pour egg and milk mixture over the veggies. You may have to press the spinach down a bit to make sure it's immersed. Leave on heat a couple minutes, to give the bottom time to set.

Bake for 30 minutes, or until golden brown and the middle doesn't wiggle. Serve with a salad and a glass of red wine. Unless you're having it for breakfast- then coffee will do.


  1. OK, frittatas. But, 'madness?' I'm not judging. It just seems a bit tame for such a descriptor.

  2. I ate so many frittatas in a 4 week period. Like, 8! That's a lot for one person.


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