I made this delicious four cheese frittata on the morning of our Thanksgiving feast. I usually make an omelette or a quiche, but this year when my new magazine for Cuisine at Home arrived in the mail and I saw this awesome recipe I knew I had to try it. A frittata is an Italian omelet with the filling mixed into the eggs and cooked, instead of folded into cooked eggs. Frittata preparation differs from omelette preparation in that the eggs are beaten to incorporate air where the eggs for omelettes usually are stirred with less air incorporated. The additional air in the frittata mixture allows for a deeper filling and a fluffier result. This fast and easy frittata is perfect for impressing your holiday guests. Prep all of the ingredients before hand then mix together. I am sure this recipe will became a favorite on your holiday brunch menu.
Four Cheese Frittata
- 12 large eggs
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 cup shredded Gruyere cheese
- 1/2 cup shredded fontina cheese
- 2 1/2 ounces (1/2 cup) feta cheese, crumbled
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 cups halved cherry or grape tomatoes (10 ounces)
- 1 cup thinly slices fresh basil
- 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
- 1/3 cup minced scallions
- 2 tablespoons minced shallots
- 1 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic
- 4 cups fresh baby spinach
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, cream, salt, pepper. Stir in Gruyere, fontina, feta, and Parmesan; set aside.
- In a large 10-inch cast iron skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add tomatoes, basil, pepper flakes, and Italian seasoning. Cook until tomatoes soften and release their juices, about 4-5 minutes.
- Stir in scallions and shallots and cook for 2 minutes. Add garlic and cook 1 minute until fragrant.
- Add spinach and saute until it begins to wilt, about 1-2 minutes. Season with additional salt and pepper. Reduce to medium-low heat.
- Pour in egg mixture and gently stir just until vegetables are evenly mixed in. Cook egg mixture until it begins to set, 3-5 minutes.
- Transfer skillet to preheated oven. Bake until center is set, 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from oven and let rest in skillet for 5 minutes.
- Loosen frittata edges and bottom from pan with a rubber spatula.
- Unmold fritatta by placing a large plate, serving side down over the skillet. Flip the skillet and plate over together to release fritatta. Quickly place serving plate on top of inverted fritatta and flip again to present the top of the fritatta.
Source: Cuisine at Home, Decemember 2010