Are you looking for a people-pleasing brunch recipe?
My daughter and her friends often get together for baking and cooking parties. Recently Lauren, suggested that we host a brunch at our new home. Who could resist that request?
Lauren chose a Spanish egg dish, so we went with a Spanish theme.
Since the guys (Dad and brother) would be attending, it was necessary to make a few adjustments. The meat eaters enjoyed their sausage version, and the rest of us enjoyed the original meatless recipe. I’ve never added potatoes to a frittata, and I really think they added some ooomph to our meatless version.
After a little Sangria, the frittatas were a hit with everyone. Happy cooking!
Recipe adapted from Eating Well, Spanish Tortilla
- 3 teaspoons olive oil, divided
- 1 small onion, thinly sliced
- 1 cup cooked red potatoes, diced
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
- 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 6 large eggs
- 4 large egg whites
- 1/2 Jack cheese
- 3 cups baby spinach, rough chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
- Preheat oven to 350.
- 1. In a non-stick skillet heat 2 tsp oil over medium heat. Add onion and cook until softened. Add potatoes, them and smoked paprika and cook another few minutes.
- 2. Whisk eggs in a large bowl. Stir the potato mixture into the eggs with the cheese, spinach, salt and pepper.
- 3. Add the remaining 1 teaspoon oil to the pan and heat the pan over medium heat. Pour in the egg mixture. Gently stir to for 3 - 4 minutes until egg begins to set.
- 4. Remove to the oven and bake another 4 - 5 minutes until egg is set.
What’s good for me in this dish?
Eggs provide tryptophan, selenium, iodine, vitamins B2 and B12, and protein. Selenium helps protect our immune systems, and regulates thyroid hormones, and protein plays a critical role in the building of our muscles, blood, skin, hair and nails.
Eggs also contain choline, known to reduce inflammation in the body. According to George Mateljan, author of World’s Healthiest Foods, inflammation contributes to heart disease, osteoporosis, type-2 diabetes and Alzheimers.
Free range, or cage free eggs are considered to be higher in quality nutrients such as all nine essential amino acids, and are less likely to contribute to high cholesterol levels.
Per serving : 178 Calories; 9 g Fat; 3 g Sat; 4 g Mono; 217 mg Cholesterol; 10 g Carbohydrates; 12 g Protein; 2 g Fiber; 433 mg Sodium; 210 mg, Weight Watchers Points 4
Nutrition details obtained from whfoods.org, nutritiondata.com, about.com, and abouthomecooking.com.