Potato & Fontina Frittata

I love eggs. I’ve  loved them since I was a little girl, and I still believe that my dad made the best scrambled eggs in the world. What I wouldn’t give for one more breakfast at our kitchen counter with him cooking me a fluffy buttery pile of them with toast and OJ.

When I was 16, I became a vegetarian, and I started to learn about the way hens were raised. I tried to be a vegan in my late teens and 20s but I really missed eggs. When they became widely available, I began buying cage-free eggs, but I’ll never forget when my aunt’s neighbors in Napa began selling farm eggs. I would always make my parents buy a dozen when we were up there. They just tasted different.

farm fresh eggs from my coworker's chickens

These days, I can buy farm eggs at my local market, Bi-Rite, and at the farmers market.  These chickens are pasture-raised which is way different than cage free. They live out in the sunshine acting like chickens are supposed to act. Their eggs taste magnificent and I know that I’m not contributing to an animal’s misery. That makes me a happy chick(en)!

Potato & Fontina Frittata

Right now, I am about two weeks into a pretty serious vegan cleanse. I think I miss eggs the most (oh, and gluten). This frittata was made just two days before I started my cleanse. It was lovely. As a matter of fact, I made it one night for dinner with the girls and then I made mini-muffin sized frittatas for a wine night with my girls from eco.love wines. I hope you’ll love it as much as we did.

  • INGREDIENTS

  • 12 eggs
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • ½ cup cream
  • 1 cup tricolored fingerling potatoes sliced very thinly
  • 1 cups arugula, mizune greens, rapini greens, or peppercress (or mixtur) chopped finely
  • ¼ cup finely chopped green onion
  • 2 cups shredded fontina cheese
  • ¼ teaspoon finely ground sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cloves of garlic finely chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste for potatoes and greens
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • olive oil/butter for greasing dish

 

  • INSTRUCTIONS

  • Preheat oven to 350º
  • If you are using mini muffin tins, this will make 24 mini muffins, so grease/oil your muffin tins, large skillet, or individual serving dishes with spray olive oil (from a mister not with propellants) or butter.
  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet on medium high flame
  • Add potatoes and cook on for 3-5 minutes on each side until light golden brown
  • Add greens, green onion, and garlic. Toss well, and cook until greens are just wilted- about 4-5 minutes depending on your greens. Add salt and pepper to taste
  • In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with whisk attachment, with an electric mixer, or with good ol’ elbow grease, beat the 12 eggs until nicely combined (no separation of whites and yolks) and slightly fluffy. Don’t overmix
  • Add milk, cream, salt and pepper and whip up for another 10 or so seconds with electric/stand mixer or until completely combined if whisking by hand.
  • Add half of cooked veggies and mix with a wooden spoon, then add half of cheese and mix with wooden spoon. Add other half of veggies and stir, add the rest of the cheese and stir.
  • Bake in 350º oven.
  • For mini muffin size: 12-14 minutes
  • Individual servings (makes 4): 18-22 minutes (check earlier depending on the shape and depth of your dish)
  • Single dish: 30-35 minutes until just set

Potato & Fontina Frittata

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@UnrivaledKitch March 5, 2011 at 3:19 PM

Eggs are a most fantastic food. I love eggs as well, my brother hated them growing up so my mom would make a big pile of eggs for me and my sister while my brother ate potatoes or cereal. Oh to be little again.

I love this with rapini greens, I love rapini I eat it as often as I can.

thanks for sharing! i hope your vegan cleanse is going well

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sabrinamodel March 5, 2011 at 8:38 PM

That’s funny, my brother only liked his eggs REALLY well done.

I am loving my vegan cleanse. Feeling great. Losing some unwanted lbs (9 in 10 days!) and eating really delicious foods. Look out for Monday’s post on Thai green curry with spicy brown rice balls.

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Tiffany March 5, 2011 at 7:56 PM

Oh, no… was it torture to post this recipe given your cleanse???? Well, it sounds amazing (btw… I just made a coconut-lime flan… another egg dish!). and I love the use of fontina. Mmmmmm! :D

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sabrinamodel March 5, 2011 at 8:35 PM

Tiffany, it wasn’t that bad, but if I was posting flan, I may have cried. Flan, creme caramel, and pana cotta are my favorite desserts. Your coconut lime flan sounds divine. What is torture is the recipe development I’m doing right now. I’m tasting tiny bites of everything because I have to, but not eating more than I have to of things like heirloom (duroc) pork tenderloin, lemongrass prawn skewers, and spicy gingersnaps.

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Diethood -noun- The state of being on a diet... always! March 6, 2011 at 8:03 AM

mmmm frittatas! I love them… the fontina cheese must have put this over the top!

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Lori March 6, 2011 at 4:35 PM

Lately I have been making a frittata about once a week for dinners! They are so great! The cheese is a must! Looks fabulous!!

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RavieNomNoms March 7, 2011 at 9:34 AM

That looks so good!

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The Mom Chef March 11, 2011 at 2:11 PM

That looks fantastic too. How funny that we have a local market called BiRite as well!

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Kathy - Panini Happy June 15, 2013 at 8:36 AM

This looks so gorgeous, Sabrina!!

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Lateisha September 19, 2011 at 3:52 AM

Clear, informative, smilpe. Could I send you some e-hugs?

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