Friday, 3 August 2012

Potato, spring onion and cheese frittata

This is a wonderful light summer recipe. Choose whatever salad you fancy to go with it – I picked salad leaves and herbs straight from the garden. The quality of the eggs make a big difference. I am lucky enough to have a neighbor supplying me, but try and get not just ‘free range’ but good quality free range wherever possible. Feel free to add more cheese as well. I use Goats cheese to keep it cows-milk free, but feta is delicious, albeit a very different flavor.

I made half this quantity in a small-ish frying pan and it worked fine. In the future I will also make double and aim to take it to work for lunch the next day, but I haven’t tried that option yet.

Potato, spring onion and cheese frittata, served with summer salad

Serves 4 (easily halved)
Preparation: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes (longer if you need to boil the potatoes)
Cost: £4.27 (£1.07 per serving)

2 tbsp olive oil
400g cooked new potatoes, or about 525g of raw potato
4 eggs, beaten
4 spring onions, finely chopped
1 bunch dill, roughly chopped
50g cheddar (or a cheese of your choice), grated
Salad – 4 medium tomatoes, 10cm of cucumber, mixture of salad leaves
Salad dressing (optional)

Chop the potato into bite-sized chunks. If the potatoes aren’t cooked, boil them them first (this will take between 8 and 12 minutes depending on the size of chunks you have used).

Heat the oil in a small non-stick frying pan on a medium heat. Add the potatoes, then fry until they begin to crisp (about 8 minutes). Meanwhile chop the salad items up and toss in a bowl. Dress the salad if desired (try using extra virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar and honey).

Whisk the eggs, spring onions, dill and salt/pepper to taste in a bowl. Turn on the grill to a medium heat.

Add the egg mixture to the frying pan. Mix quickly, lower the heat of the pan then sprinkle over the cheese. Cook for about 8 minutes on a low heat until the top has almost set. Place the frying pan under the grill for 2-3 minutes until firm and golden.

Serve straight away with the salad and mayonnaise/ketchup. Alternatively this can be cooled and chilled for up to 24 hours.

N.B. The cost of the meal is calculated on the day that this blog entry was published, using Sainsbury's online groceries as a reference for pricing. Each item is costed by weight used not by the total cost of a bottle/packet of that product.

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