27 October, 2011

Pumpkin and Spinach Frittata

Continuing my argument from my last post that I am a peasant at heart, I'll always prefer homemade foods over restaurant foods. And what better opportunity of having homemade foods would there be than a potluck of food bloggers.
A few weeks back, us food bloggers based in the United Arab Emirates were invited to a potluck at the lovely Devina's house ("Since I can't cook for all of ya, the least I can do is offer my house up. "). To make sure we all bring something, she added  the Wikipedia definition of what a potluck is about.

Homemade foods radiate comfort. It's foods that can be shared with families and friends. Foods that are eaten when you enjoy the company of the people around you. Foods that are packed with flavors. Foods that mirror the culture of the cook. Recipes that possibly have been passed on from generation to generation. The potluck then adds a random note to it. A wild collection of different foods.
I think I ate myself through every single bowl on the long table. Afterwards I packed a huge doggie bag. In that bag was the last piece of the most delicious Pumpkin Frittata, made by Sidiqa of Spontaneous Euphoria.

Since I have been going on a mostly grain-free diet, I am very open to egg dishes. Flavorful egg dishes that is. This frittata has the most amazing flavor profile, combining sweet butternut, fresh sage, salty feta and some chili flakes. I added spinach to my version. I have to stop myself not to eat the whole thing (with 6 eggs in it). That's how good it is. It's good to have for breakfast, lunch and/or dinner.
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PUMPKIN AND SPINACH FRITTATA
inspired by a recipe of Sidiqa of Spontaneous Euphoria

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 red onion, thinly sliced
pinch salt 

1 1/2 cups pumpkin or butternut squash, peeled and diced
2 garlic cloves, peeled and halved
1/4 teaspoon chili flakes
3 tablespoons fresh sage leaves, roughly chopped

2 cups fresh spinach, loosely packed and roughly chopped
6 eggs
1/4 cup feta cheese, crumbled or diced
salt and pepper to taste

Serves 3-4
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Preheat oven to 180C/375F. Lightly grease oven-proof pan or cake tin (no bigger than 8 inches/20cm). Set aside.

In a another pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add onions and season with a pinch of salt. Cook onions until softened. Add garlic halves, sage and chili flakes and cook until fragrant, another minute or so. Now add the pumpkin and cook until soft and slightly caramelized. Add the spinach and cook until just wilted. Take off the heat. Take out the garlic.

Whisk the eggs and pour them into the prepared pan or cake tin. Season with salt and pepper. Add the pumpkin and spinach mixture and spread evenly. Sprinkle the feta on top. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until set. The cooking time depends on how thick your frittata is. Thicker ones will take longer than flat ones.

Cut into wedges and serve immediately.

11 comments:

  1. Mmm, a frittata with pumpkin sounds good!

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  2. Gorgeous flavour combination!

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  3. This looks AMAZING! Don't pumpkin and sage work so incredibly well together? I think spinach are a fantastic addition. Sounds so flavourful. I wish I could have that for lunch today! :)

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  4. This looks great! I love the combo of squash & sage, and I love frittatas - they are such an easy, delicious protein source, and there are endless different ways you can make them! One of my favs is a Smoked Salmon Frittata, here's the recipe if you want to give it a try!
    http://theotherbigo.ca/2011/07/12/smoked-salmon-frittata/

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  5. @ Sonia
    Like I said in the post, I find it highly addictive, especially with lots of sage in it. Get the ingredients and make it, you will love it, I promise.

    @ Lauren
    I never had Smoked Salmon Frittata. Sounds very good and will need to try it soon. Thanks for the link.

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  6. I've been addicted to eggs recently as I've just discovered loads of different ways to use them - they don't have to be as boring as I thought! Love this recipe, it looks absolutely delicious.

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  7. This looks great! I like that you used a lot of sage and not just a sprinkling

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  8. Mmm this looks amazing! Too bad I just ate the last of my butternut squash...

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  9. Great idea using pumpkin, especially for this season! I have a recipe for spinach and chive frittata you might enjoy... check it out on my blog: http://bit.ly/spinachfrittataa

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  10. yay thanks for the mention! :D it's got lovely flavours doesn't it!

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  11. Just catching up with all the food blogs... thanks for the mention and link :)

    Glad you came and yeah Sidiqa's frittata was pretty good!

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