Fresh food fast: frittata

On the weekend, I wanted to make quiche for lunch, but realized the crust would take a half hour between prep and rest.  So I made the next best thing; a fritatta!  I make frittata’s often, mainly in a fry pan, but this time I made it in a pie plate.  Fry pan is faster for sure, but I wanted the nice browning of the top that you only get from the oven.

So here is my no-recipe/recipe…remember the quantities are up to you for the most part; in cooking there are no mistakes, just lessons or preferences for the next time.

Broccoli  Spinach and cheddar frittata

Turn oven to 375.

In a medium size bowl whisk together 6 eggs and 1 cup of 1/2 and 1/2 cream.  Add a few turns of the pepper mill and a few more of the salt mill(if you prefer leave out salt for individuals to add at the table)

In a 10 inch fry pan on med heat, add a glug or two of olive oil( I prefer butter for egg dishes),  along with chopped shallot or one small onion.

Add 2 cups chopped broccoli, toss it around a little bit, and add nutmeg.  It will settle and the fresh seasoning will mellow a little bit.  Turn to med/low and add a lid.  This will allow you to steam the veggies a little bit before you put into the frittata.

SECRET INGREDIENT! Fresh nutmeg!!!! This is a classic seasoning for quiche, but especially if using broccoli…I guarantee that people will notice something different but not know what it is:)  It makes a big difference if you use fresh and so I will grind up about 3/4 tsp.  Use your gut though, add more if you are loving the smell, a little less if you are unsure….or, taste a florette after you have seasoned  and adjust.

Meanwhile, grate 1 cup of old cheddar cheese(or any combination of cheddar, gouda, swiss, edam..)

Remove Broccoli from the heat toss with a hand full of fresh, some chopped green beans (that I had as a leftover)  and some lightly chopped spinach. Place into bottom of pie pan.  Move around ingredients to make even in pan.

Add the cheese and finally the egg mixture.  I added some tomato slices to add colour.

Place in oven for 30 min…  depending on dish and oven.  I  keep an eye on it after 20 min.  The centre should be cooked through and you will notice the edges rising slightly.

Serve with green salad or kale chips(from last weeks post!)  Yummmmm!

Prep time: 10 minutes, cooking time: 30 min