The inspiration for this Broccoli Potato Cheese Crust Frittata is my daughter sending me a TASTY VIDEO LINK on Facebook. I thought, this is super cool and I needed to try this recipe. Can I just say that this frittata was amazing. My wife went gaga for this egg dish. It was really, really, really good. The only problem is I did not know what to call this dish. I ended up with frittata because the eggs are baked in the oven which is how a frittata is finished off. This recipe is made in two layers and you have to plan ahead because there is more than an hour of baking time.
The dish, however, is very easy to put together. The first step is combining shredded potatoes with cheese and finely chopped broccoli. The potato, cheese broccoli mixture is pressed into a baking dish. Use a pretty dish because this recipe is as pretty to look at as it is to eat. The crust is baked until it is firmly set and the potatoes are crisp. I don’t know why but you do not have to worry that the crust will burn when it is baked again. I wonder what the science of that is?
I have made plenty of frittatas including this MEXICAN version, or one with CORNED BEEF and this one with ASPARAGUS. Then, the egg mixture is added to the potato cheese broccoli crust and baked again. Think about this egg mixture as an omelet. You can put any ingredients in this mixture that you like. I carried over the cheese and broccoli and added a mixture of peppers for flavor and color. The dish is put back in the oven until the eggs have firmed. That is it. I am slightly embarrassed to say that my wife and I would have eaten the whole thing in one sitting but I made us stop so I would have some for the picture.
The cast of characters.
The building of the Broccoli Potato Cheese Crust Frittata.
The Broccoli Potato Cheese Crust Frittata completed.
Broccoli Potato Cheese Crust Frittata
- 8 Ounces Frozen Shredded Potatoes
- 12 Ounces Frozen Broccoli florets divided
- 6 Ounces Smoked Sharp Cheddar shredded
- 6 Whole Eggs beaten
- 1/4 Whole Red Pepper diced
- 1/4 Whole Yellow Pepper diced
- 1/4 Whole Yellow Onion diced
- 3 Tsp Salt divided
- 3 Tsp Black Pepper divided
- 10 Individual Cherry Tomatoes
- 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
- 1 Tsp Smoked Paprika
Combine 8 ounces of the broccoli, potatoes, 2 teaspoons each salt and pepper and 4 ounces of the cheddar cheese in a baking dish sprayed with cooking spray. Press the mixture firmly into the baking dish. Take a cup or ramekin and push down even more. Place in a 350 degree oven for 45 minutes.
In a saute pan, heat the oil on medium heat. Add the onions, peppers and spices.
Meanwhile, mix the beaten eggs with the remaining cheddar cheese, sauteed onions and peppers, salt and pepper. Mix well. Add in the cherry tomatoes and remaining broccoli. Pour into the broccoli potato cheese crust. Bake for another 25 minutes.
Serve and enjoy!
Adapted from Tasty - https://tasty.co/recipe/broccoli-cheddar-quiche