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Fiesta Frittata

Posted: Monday September 17, 2007

By Pat Lockhart

 A frittata is an Italian dish and is basically an omelette that is started on the stove and then baked open faced in the oven. The beauty of a frittata is its versatility and easy of preparation. Start with almost any combination of vegetables, cooked meat, cheese and seasonings and you will have a delicious meal with a very different flavour every time. You can also vary the texture of your frittata by changing the amount of milk used in the recipe. For instance, the less milk you add the more omelette-like the texture. The more milk (or cream for a richer flavor) will give you a more quiche-like texture.

This particular frittata is easy to prepare and is a wonderful lunch or supper dish with a tangy flavour. Serve with a green salad and garlic bread and you have a complete meal for 4 people.

2 medium potatoes, diced

1 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp butter

2 cups cooked ham, diced

8 eggs

1 ½ cups milk

2 cups grated cheese (cheddar, Monterey jack combo)

1 small can chopped green chillies

¼ tsp cayenne pepper

1 tsp fresh ground black pepper

½ tsp salt


Heat oil and butter in a large oven proof skillet.

Add diced potatoes and fry over medium heat, stirring often until tender, about 10 min.

Add ham and cook for additional 1-2 min.

Whisk eggs, milk, green chillies and seasonings until well blended.

Pour egg mixture over the ham and potatoes.

Sprinkle with grated cheese.

Bake in 350 oven for approx. 30 minutes or until set (knife inserted in center comes out clean).

Cut into wedges and serve with sour cream and salsa.

Hint: You can easily make this a vegetarian dish by omitting the ham and substituting green pepper, tomatoes, onion, or other vegetables which can be cooked along with the potatoes.

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