1st July 2015 Helen 10Comment

Nicola at Simply Homemade is hosting a great blog linkup on healthier breakfast choices and I’m delighted to add our morning favourite – a Potatoe, Chorizo, Onion and Cheese Frittata, to the mix. As this is a great recipe for using up those leftover bits and pieces I’ve also added this to the great ‘Clear Out and Eat’ link up over at Three Sons Later.

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Personally I’ve done a complete u-turn about breakfast over the years. I’ve gone from slugging a cup of coffee on the hop to forsaking a shower in favour of a proper sit-down breakfast. Sitting down for breakfast has become a bit of a ritual in our house and thanks to fairly easy commutes work and school / crèche, we’ve managed to keep weekday breakfasts a family affair. I say it like it’s always a good thing – which it is mostly … except when there’s a lot of shouting and then I just wonder if it wasn’t better when I slugged the coffee. Alone!)

Having never been a fan or either porridge or cereals I started eating eggs for a higher protein breakfast years ago when dabbling with a low-carb diet.  In that time our Frittata – or a ‘Tata as it’s known around here, has become the only breakfast that really sets me up for the day.  At the moment I’m in the middle of a long run of solo-parenting as my husband is away for work a few nights a week and I’ve been skipping breakfasts in favour of feeding the kids, shoveling them into the car and getting myself into work, and I’ve definitely noticed I’m filling the gap with more unhealthy biscuits and snacks.  I’ll be happy when the routine reverts to normal in the next few weeks and our weekday ‘Tata returns.

In terms of easiness, people look at me like I’m mad when I say we eat a Frittata each day, but I swear it’s simple, fast and a great way to use up leftovers.  We make ours the evening before – generally while clearing up after dinner. Any leftover potatoes and bits like ham get used in the next day’s Frittata. I *may* have even gone so far as to try rice – don’t do it, it’s terrible! The other thing we often do is to batch prepare things like the chopped potatoes and onions and use them over the course of a few days. It’s as easy to cook ten potatoes as three and that way the whole preparation time is halved.

The one I’ve written up here – Potatoe, Chorizo, Onion and Cheese Frittata, is so popular slices are often stolen by little hands.   Other versions we love include:

  • Smoked mackerel, potatoe and onion,
  • Tomatoe, broccoli, potatoe, and pesto,
  • Courgette and cheese,
  • Ham and cheese (with or without potatoe).

Like any quiche or souffle though there are endless variations you can make using any meat, veg and flavours you think go together.

Once the Frittata is made up I let it cool in the pan and then transfer it onto a large plate, cover it with two layers of cling film and refrigerate overnight. The next morning it’s heated in the microwave at full whack for 4 minutes – generally while the kettle boils and the kids are sorted. If I’m manically busy and dashing out the door I fling it in a lunchbox and bring it into work, but normally it’s scoffed at the table of crazies accompanied by a large cup of coffee.

Here’s the recipe. It’s a really great start to the day – and a very realistic alternative to cereals and carb-loaded breakfasts. Enjoy!

Potatoe, Chorizo, Onion and Cheese Frittata
Print Recipe
A fast and tasty healthy breakfast option, that would also do for supper or tea.
Servings Prep Time
2 hungry adults (with some stolen by the kids) 5 to 10 minutes
Cook Time
10
Servings Prep Time
2 hungry adults (with some stolen by the kids) 5 to 10 minutes
Cook Time
10
Potatoe, Chorizo, Onion and Cheese Frittata
Print Recipe
A fast and tasty healthy breakfast option, that would also do for supper or tea.
Servings Prep Time
2 hungry adults (with some stolen by the kids) 5 to 10 minutes
Cook Time
10
Servings Prep Time
2 hungry adults (with some stolen by the kids) 5 to 10 minutes
Cook Time
10
Ingredients
Servings: hungry adults (with some stolen by the kids)
Instructions
  1. Prepare all the ingredients.
  2. On a heavy bottomed pan on a medium heat, heat the olive oil. Add the potatoes to the pan and cover loosely with a saucepan lid. Stir occasionally to avoid them sticking.
  3. When the potatoes are slightly cooked (about 3 to 5 minutes depending on the size of the chunks), add the onion. Pan fry on a medium heat for about 3 minutes.
  4. Add the chorizo and cook lightly for about a minute to release the oils.
  5. Mix the eggs, milk and seasoning. Preheat the grill at a medium setting.
  6. Make sure the potatoe, onion and chorizo mix is spread even across the pan. Add the egg mix and sprinkle the cheddar evenly across the top. Cook on the pan for one minute.
  7. Remove from the heat and put under the grill. Cook for roughly 5 minutes or until the egg is cooked through.
  8. Remove and allow to cool slightly before eating. If storing, allow the Frittata to cool completely, and cover tightly with clingfilm, before storing in the fridge. The Frittata can be eaten cold or hot (4 minutes in a 800W microwave) as preferred.
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10 thoughts on “Potatoe, Chorizo, Onion and Cheese Frittata

  1. I love this! I have to admit, I would have looked at you too when you initially said you have friattata for breakfast, however you’ve won me over! (And my husband has just listed off all the bits and pieces in the fridge and said this is what we’re having tomorrow morning!!)
    Thank you for linking up 🙂
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    1. Oh a seriously great linky and I swear I suffer for the lack of protein when I skip thoses Tatas. Tuck into one some morning and let me know how you fare.

    1. I hope it goes well Simon. Such a great and handy breakfast. I was on an early train this morning and dash ou t the door after 6am with my ‘Tata in hand! Enjoy! H

  2. This sounds totally delish and such a great way to use up whatever is in the fridge. We almost always have cheese and some kind of ham/bacon/salami hainging round the fridge. Thanks for linking up with #clearoutandeat!
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  3. I’ve never had frittata for breakfast before, I tend to prefer sweet breakfasts so it never occurred to me. This sounds so yummy that I might just give it a go (or have it for lunch once I’ve got my morning sweet fix at breakfast 🙂 )
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