Spinach, goat cheese and red peppers combine with a simple spiced egg mixture to make a healthy breakfast dish that's great for a crowd. Plus, it comes together in less than 20 minutes!
One of the problems with living in such a brunch-centric town as DC is that, on the weekends when I'm NOT attending a boozy brunch, I'm at a complete loss of what to make for breakfast.
I could make a smoothie... or a bowl of oatmeal... but I already make those most days of the week! It's the weekend, I should switch things up!
I love pancakes... but don't necessarily want to start off my day with straight up carbs and sugar. Omelettes are great, but I am literally terrible at folding them over into a perfect little semi-circle. And quiche involves pastry, which involves a SERIOUS amount of time.
ENTER - the frittata.
Now, I can't take full credit for this one (or even any credit) because my friend Steff was the one who suggested it. However, I can take credit for developing the flavor profile, and for making it, and for serving it to her while she worked and watched Love Connection (it's a real addiction) on our couch! It's a pre-blackout Saturday morning at its finest.
(We did, then, blackout at Johnny Pistola's for our friend Max's birthday party. But first we were healthy. It's a balance.)
Spinach and Goat Cheese Frittata
To make this frittata, you will need:
- 6 eggs
- 1/4 cup milk (I used almond, but any dairy or non-dairy milk will work)
- 1 bag baby spinach
- 1 red pepper, diced
- 2 oz goat cheese
- 1 t black pepper
- 1/2 t salt
- Other spices, to taste - I used lemon pepper and garlic powder
First, dice your red pepper and heat an oven-safe skillet* over medium-high heat. Spray your skillet with cooking spray, then sauté the diced pepper for 3-4 minutes, until softened.
*If it's plastic, it ain't oven safe. My parents unfortunately repo'd the cast iron skillet that I stole from their house, so I used some random metal skillet I found in mine. One day you will be mine, cast iron...
Add the spinach and sauté until wilted. Transfer the veggie mixture to a separate bowl and preheat your broiler.
In a medium bowl, combine your eggs, milk, and spices. Whisk together until smooth. Spray your skillet with more cooking spray, then add the egg mixture. Let cook for 2-3 minutes, until the eggs begin to firm up, then add the vegetable mixture and crumble the goat cheese over the top. Cook a few more minutes until there is only a bit of liquid remaining on the top, then pop the skillet into the oven until the eggs are firm and the edges of the frittata are golden brown.
Remove from the oven, let cool slightly, then cut and serve! An easy breakfast, best served alongside coffee and good company. And shows about dating? Yes.