Best Breakfast Frittata

Favorite Brunch Frittata

Anyone else a big fan of brunch? This recipe in particular is so easy to throw together and requires minimal prep time. Just a few ingredients and it’ll be on the table in under 30 minutes. It’s the perfect centerpiece for your weekend brunch plans or a great make ahead breakfast for a busy work week. 

 Summer has really flown by. It’s hard to believe we are already half way through August. 

I love this dish because it’s a reason to get everyone together around the table and to me, that’s simply the best. Food is always the common denominator. The single unifying force and this dish is no exception. Place it as the centerpiece, lay out some gently warmed tortillas or a fresh loaf of bread or muffins, a big bowl of fresh fruit and brunch is served. 

The other best part of this dish is you can make so many different variations. Here, I give some suggestions using Yukon gold potatoes, a jalapeno, spinach and your favorite sausage, but a lot of these can be substituted. Do you prefer sweet potatoes? Go ahead and swap those. Care for a different dark leafy green instead, totally fine. Don’t do dairy?  No need to add the cheese.  See, that’s the best part about cooking at home too, you can cater to your dietary needs and use whatever you have on hand in the refrigerator. This dish is high in protein from the eggs and sausage and fills you up both from the protein and carbs from the potatoes. It’s such a great fill you up dish, but Becca, my Registered Dietitian/PR guru will confirm these facts :)

 

Notes from Becca:

Thanks Chef! Yes, both these facts are true! This dish definitely hits it out of the park with the protein. You get double the protein from the eggs and sausage and a decent amount of carbohydrates from the potatoes. I love that you kept the skin on too. Keeping the skin on your potatoes retains the vitamins, minerals and fiber. I also commend that you used the whole egg here. Eggs have previously gotten a bad rap and the media has scrambled a lot of the research making it fairly confusing for consumers. Here’s a little breakdown, egg whites contain about 3 grams of protein while yolks contain about 4 grams. While the egg yolk contains the fat that a lot of researchers were concerned about in the 90’s, a meta-analysis performed in 2016found there was no link between egg consumption and heart disease risk. The previous debate about egg white vs. egg yolk is now less of a debate. The concern was that the yolk contains cholesterol and saturated fat. However, the egg yolk also contains choline and vitamin D, both of which are often difficult to obtain through other dietary sources. All this being said, the current recommendations are to consume about 1 egg a day to keep things in check. If you ate a three-egg omelet twice a week and hard-boiled egg as a snack on another day, you’ll be good to go! 

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Eat Well With Ming: Did you know that spinach is a great source of both iron and vitamin C? While these two are naturally paired together, combining the two help aid iron absorption in the gut. 

Allergy Free Note: soy free, fish free, shellfish free, gluten free, tree nut free, peanut free

Favorite Brunch Frittata
Serves 4-6

 
1 package of your favorite dinner sausage, halved lengthwise, halved again lengthwise then diced
1 yellow onion, minced
2 medium Yukon gold potatoes
1 minced jalapeno (optional) 
10 eggs, scrambled with either 2 tablespoons water or ¼ cup heavy cream or milk 
2 cups packed spinach
1 handful of your favorite shredded cheese
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 

1. In a large oven proof sauté pan or cast-iron skillet, heat 1 teaspoon oil on medium high heat and brown the sausage until cooked through. Set aside on a plate and keep the juice. 

2. Wash the potatoes well, wrap them in wet paper towels and microwave them for 2 minutes. Make sure they are about 2/3 cooked through. Dice into ½ inch pieces with skin on and set aside. 

3. Into the sauté pan or cast-iron skillet, add the onion and sauté until it starts to caramelize. Add the jalapeno with the potatoes and start to soften.  

4. Add the potatoes and sausage to the pan with the spinach. Heat your oven to broil (rack should be at mid-level). Add the eggs and whisk, as eggs start to set, add a handful (about 1 cup of your favorite shredded cheese). 

5. Place the pan in the oven and cook for an additional five minutes on broil and cook until the eggs are fully cooked, and the frittata has set. 

 

 

Rebecca Noren