Monday, July 5, 2010

Mini Vegetable Frittata


I've eaten it a few times and I love it. It's one word that's enough to get my salivary glands into overdrive. Yet, I seldom make it because the recipes I see almost always involve first frying the Frittata in an iron-cast skillet and then placing it in the oven to finish off baking. Which means, you need to go from stove to oven. Which also means you need kitchen ware that have oven-proof handles/knobs. And I don't. :(

Le Creuset, are you listen'? Help me out here, will ya?

Yes, I have made a version which did not require baking, and it was good. But it lacked the golden brown top that is so characteristic of an oven-baked Frittata. And then, and THEN, I saw a recipe in my new cookbook - Homestyle Vegetarian (by Murdoch Books), that makes the Frittata in muffin tins! *squeal* Which means, no need to cook on the stove! And you all know how much I love using my muffin tins, so yay!

Sauteed white onion in butter, steamed sweet potato cubes, frozen peas.

Divide them equally into muffin tins that have been lined at the bottom with baking paper. I know, my muffin tins look like they have been used and abused, and you're right! They are hand-me-downs from my aunt.

Add cheese shreds (I used red cheddar and mozzarella) and some grated parmesan. The original recipe called for feta. You can use that too.

Pour egg/cream mixture (that have been seasoned with salt and pepper). The recipe called for light cream but I used crème fraîche instead. I always do. You should try it too.

Ready for baking. Bake for 25-30mins till tops are golden brown.

Makes 12

- 1 kg orange flesh sweet potato
- 1 tbsp oil (I omitted)
- 30g butter
- 4 leeks, white part only, finely sliced (I used white onions instead)
- 1 handful frozen garden peas, rinsed and drained
- 2 garlic cloves, crushed
- 150g shredded cheese (I used red cheddar and mozzarella)
- 2 tbsp grated parmesan cheese
- 8 eggs, lightly beaten
- 125ml whipping cream or crème fraîche
- Salt and pepper to taste

1. Preheat the oven till 170 degree celcius. Grease and brush muffins tins with some melted butter. Cut small rounds of baking paper and place at the base of each hole.

2. Cut the sweet potatoes into small cubes and steam/boil/microwave until tender. I steamed them. Drain and set aside.

3. Heat butter in pan and fry the onions till softened and translucent. Add the garlic and cook for a minute or two. Turn off the heat.

4. In a bowl, mix sweet potato, onions and peas. Try not to break up the sweet potato too much. Scoop and divide in muffin holes.

5. Add shredded cheeses followed by parmesan cheese.

6. In a measuring cup, whisk eggs and cream (or crème fraîche) until there are no more lumps. Add salt and pepper and mix further.

7. Pour mixture into muffin tins, making sure it comes up to almost the rims. Press vegetables down gently with a spoon or fork. I forgot to do this, so maybe that is why my Frittate looked a bit "holey". Haha!

8. Bake in oven for 25 to 30mins or until golden brown and set. Let cool for 5mins and then using a small knife, gently coax out each Frittata onto a cooling rack. Peel off baking paper and serve. They can be eaten hot, cold or at room temperature.

Ready for eating!

My daughter saw me taking photos and said my styling was very "breakfast". Maybe because everything is bright and sunny and golden. Or maybe it's just the OJ. :) Would you wake up for these?

I promise you they are worth it.

"Holey" Yum! I know I should have provided a better photo with peas and more visible bits of the sweet potato, but I couldn't wait to eat. Can't blame me now, can you?


  1. incredible imagery!!! wow...and those little frittatas are perfect!

  2. I love frittata also - especially in muffin/bite-size form. So easy and tasty

  3. Definitely going to be on my-to-do list. They look sooo yummy and easy to make!

  4. Such a beautiful colourscape of oranges, Ju! Great composition and choice. :) I think the muffin trays look.. how to say, very rustic and homely. Yes we will wake up for these. :)

  5. Heck, yeah, I would wake up for these frittate! YUM!

    You know, I've never heard your voice before, and I could still hear you squeal when you wrote that hahaha.

    Lovely photos as usual, Ju!!

  6. baking savoury food! this one I like, must try :)

  7. Great idea! Looks muffin-like, can bake this and get my children to eat with all the vege hidden inside :)
    Thanks for sharing!

  8. Ju, the last photo had me nearly reaching into the screen! Very nice round-evolving-into-hexagon bokeh...with rays too!....waaaaH!

  9. This looks delish and easy =D I definitely must try it one of these days. Thanks for sharing!

  10. Ju, the frittata looks great. A perfect vegetarian dish! I say yes and thumbs up if this is served to me for breakfast!

  11. WOW! This looks savory and yummy. Bookmarked!

  12. This frittata looks so healthy and delicious! Simply irresistable!

  13. its like quiche without the pastry! mm.
    simple and looks really good.
    awesome for hiding veges in :P

  14. Lovely little babies...gorgeous pics Ju!

  15. look lovely and yummy, bookmarked it. thanks for sharing

  16. Hi Ju,
    This is really something new and wonderful to me. I should try to make this someday. Like what "muffinsareuglycupcakes" said, it' really like quiche without the pastry. Either one, I would just love to have it! :)

  17. I can't sleep without them too :)

  18. My daughter makes a wonderful frittata in a cast iron skillet, and I think she'll like to see this. They look perfect for brunch. Individual portions are always good. Just think of all you could do in a brand new Le Cruset! Let's put that out to the universe;-))

  19. I LOVE frittata, and these are, in a word, adorable. Would I wake up for these? If I knew this was for breakfast, I probably wouldn't ever get to sleep! ; )

  20. I love all of your beautiful photos! These look amazing.

  21. Looks gorgeous Ju. And easy to make!
    Ever since I tried your quiche I always think of you whenever i see creme fraiche =)

  22. Incredibly delicious and I love the fact that you've made mini versions for different appetite levels. This would be so good as lunch with a light salad on the side.

  23. Queste mini frittate SONO Molto invitanti , Oltre ad Essere Una grande idea . Ciao Daniela.