I wish I had some stories to share today, but it’s been an uneventful work week punctuated by our weekly Wednesday girls’ night (fajitas and Downtown Abbey at my place). I can’t complain. I finally found the time to try this baby spinach and sweet potato frittata that’s been on my mind since I first flipped through The Sprouted Kitchen cookbook this summer. It was absolutely worth the wait—a simple breakfast or dinner that only requires a cutting board, a knife, a mixing bowl and a skillet to prepare. I just had to share it with you today so you can make it this weekend.
Frittatas are one of those meals that, if you know how to make, are a kitchen standby. As long as you have eggs, a splash of milk and some vegetables, you can whip up a pretty satisfying meal without much prep or cooking time. I’ve finally gotten the hang of the cook-on-the-stove-and-finish-in-the-oven method (the trick is to pay attention to visual cues and learn to make it by feel), but I’m also a fan of this oven-only method. It’s great when I’m in a time crunch or need to keep the burners open for other things. I made a frittata that way for the girls’ night before last, which kept the stove clear for two skillets’ worth of banana oat pancakes. Do use the skillet method for this sweet potato frittata, though, so the sweet potatoes can develop those irresistible caramelized edges.
My girls are all eating gluten-free these days, so I should mention that frittatas are, of course, gluten-free (unless you’re adding grains) and the oat pancakes I mentioned are gluten-free as well. Happy bellies!
Baby Spinach Frittata with Sweet Potato Hash CrustCourse: Breakfast
A beautiful frittata full of sweet potatoes, baby spinach and goat cheese. Don’t limit this to breakfast; it’s a filling one-skillet meal that makes for great leftovers.
½ cup milk
Sea salt and black pepper
2 small sweet potatoes
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon ground cumin
2 green onions, white and green parts, thinly sliced
2 cups baby spinach (give it a few chops with a knife if you’d like)
⅓ cup goat cheese (about 3 ounces, use regular or herbed goat cheese)
Chopped fresh cilantro, for garnish
Hot sauce (I recommend Cholula)
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, a pinch of salt and ½ teaspoon black pepper. A couple dashes of hot sauce would be a good idea, too.
- Peel the sweet potatoes and chop them into ¼-inch cubes. In a 10-inch sauté pan (or well-seasoned cast iron skillet), warm the olive oil over medium heat. Add the potatoes and toss to coat, then sprinkle with cumin and ½ teaspoon salt and stir. Cook the sweet potatoes, stirring occasionally, until they are cooked through and have brown marks, 10 to 15 minutes (add another little splash of olive oil if the potatoes start sticking to the pan).
- Sprinkle the green onions on top of the potatoes, then the spinach. Cover the pan with a lid or cookie sheet if you have one, and cook until the spinach wilts, a minute or two.
- Turn the heat down to low. Whisk the eggs one last time and pour them over the spinach. Crumble the goat cheese with your fingers or a fork over the top of the frittata. Put the pan in the oven and bake until you can shake the pan (wear oven mitts!) and see that the middle is just barely set, about 12 to 18 minutes.
- Set the frittata aside for a few minutes before slicing it. Sprinkle with pepper and cilantro. Serve with hot sauce on the side. Toasted whole grain bread is a good idea, too.
- Adapted (just a bit) from The Sprouted Kitchen Cookbook by Sara Forte.
- Yields 6 moderately sized slices or 4 large.