Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Smoked Ham Frittata with Caramelized Onion & Potato

Who doesn’t love ‘breakfast for dinner’? Simple, easy, delicious. The frittata I made today has a very short ingredient list, proving once again that flavor doesn’t require complexity. The smoky ham and the sweet, caramelized onions pair beautifully with the creamy Yukon gold potato. Top that off with goat cheese and you’ve got pure perfection. You may be thinking: “What is a frittata? I’ve heard that word, but not sure what it is.” A frittata is basically the Italian version of an omelet that’s cooked over a low heat in a skillet until the edges have solidified, finished in the oven or under the broiler. The ingredient list usually includes: eggs, meat, cheese, vegetables or pasta and often includes herbs. The ham I use here is fully cooked, so if you wanted to, you could dice it up and throw it in without the browning step. I love however to get a bit of caramelization on it and really develop those flavors. Since you’re already taking the time to make caramelized onions, you may as well brown up the ham while you wait If you’d like to lighten it up a bit, feel free to use all egg whites and reduce the amount of cheese. Also, if you’re not a fan of goat cheese, you can use any kind you like here. Serve with hot sauce and a green salad.

What You Need:

6 large eggs (or 1 ½ cups egg white)
6 oz smoked ham, diced
1 large onion
1 medium Yukon gold potato
4 oz crumbled goat cheese

¼ tsp salt and pepper, divided (or to taste)
1 Tbs olive oil, plus 1 tsp (divided)
Medium sized oven safe skillet (10”)

What To Do:

Pierce your potato with a fork several times and cook in the microwave on high for about 8 minutes or until fork tender. Cook times may vary here as it depends on how large your potato is (mine was 11 oz). Set aside and allow to cool a bit while you work on the rest of the ingredients.

Thinly slice your onion while you heat 1Tbs oil in a medium skillet over medium high heat. Once hot, carefully add onion to the pan and reduce heat to medium low. Season the onions with 1/8 tsp salt and pepper.

Cook onions over medium low heat for 30 minutes, stirring often. When the onions have about 5 minutes to go, heat up your broiler.

While the onions cook, heat 1 tsp oil in a small skillet over medium high heat. Once hot, add the diced ham and reduce heat to medium. Cook the ham for about 8 minutes or until well browned, then set aside.

Next you’ll want to cut your potato up into bite sized chunks and set aside.

Season your eggs with 1/8 tsp salt and pepper and beat with a fork or whisk in a small bowl.

Combine potato, browned ham and caramelized onion in the skillet you used for the onions and gently mix so that all the ingredients are well distributed.

Pour your seasoned eggs evenly over the meat and vegetable mixture and top with cheese.

Allow the frittata to cook most of the way on the burner over medium low heat. This will take about 10 minutes. You’ll know it’s ready when the edges begin to look cooked, but the center is runny.

Transfer the frittata to the broiler to finish cooking. This will only take about 4 minutes, so don’t go far because you’ll want to watch it so the top doesn’t burn. Serve with hot sauce and a green salad.

Serves 4-6

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**Edited to add: here are the nutritional stats for 1/6 of the recipe.**

Bon Appétit!


Amy J. and Tiffanie A. said...

I ALWAYS look forward to your recipes!!! This looks incredible! If I woke up my boyfriend to this I may actually getting a ring :) haha jk! I am also going to make your Margarita pizza recipe Friday night! I will take some pictures!

What's Cookin' with Mary? said...

@ Amy & Tiffanie: Thank you so much ! :) You just made my day. Hope you enjoy the pizza. Can't wait to see the pictures.

Pam said...

I may just make this for dinner tonight! It looks AMAZING.

What's Cookin' with Mary? said...

@ Pam: Thank you! Hope you like it if you do.

Eden said...

First off, I read the comments in Julie's post and I had NO IDEA you read my blog. I'm blushing.

This recipe looks great, but I'm skipping the green salad. Cause that sounds boring. ;)

What's Cookin' with Mary? said...

@ Eden: lol & thank you. I have to agree, green salad is a little boring.

Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga said...

Mary that looks sooo good! And your pics make we want to just DIVE IN! :)

What's Cookin' with Mary? said...

@ Averie: Thanks girl! I aim to please ;)

MegSmith @ Cooking.In.College said...

Oh goodness I LOVE goat cheese and eggs. This looks great.

What's Cookin' with Mary? said...

@ Meg: Me too!! But then again, goat cheese makes everything better. :)

Lynn said...

I made this last night after seeing it on fortheloveofcooking blog. Great, simple recipe. I used chicken because I had some and didn't have ham, but I think the ham would have added a nice flavor. Next time :) Thanks for the great recipe.

What's Cookin' with Mary? said...

@ Lynn: I'm so glad you liked it! And you are very welcome. You just made my day! I love hearing about others cooking adventures with my recipes :)