Tourist season is starting here on the Eastern Shore. It’s not really beach weather yet, but I have noticed more and more fishing boats floating around the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel. That means many of the vacation rental houses around town are inhabited by small groups of guys living on frozen pizza and trips to the only McDonald’s within 40 miles.
Guys – we can do better.
The mornings can be quite chilly here on The Shore. A hot breakfast frittata can do wonders for the soul. Shoving off before sunrise? That’s okay – make it the night before and warm it up before you leave the house. Beats the heck out of “value meal number two” or a convenience store coffee and Danish.
Put on your
ball caps chef hats – here we go!
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
This dish starts out as oven roasted potatoes. When completed, half of the potatoes are reserved as a side dish, the other half becomes the foundation of the breakfast frittata!
Oven Roasted Potatoes, serves 8 alone or 4 when made as a side for the frittata.
9 x 13 inch glass baking dish
3 Russet potatoes, peeled and diced
1 medium Vidalia onion, peeled and diced
2 Tablespoons smoked paprika
1 Tablespoon cracked black pepper
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
Breakfast Frittata, serves 4
1 oven-safe, glass pie plate, 9.5 inch diameter
12 oz. chicken sausage ( I use Johnsonville’s fully cooked, chipotle Monterrey Jack version) sliced into 1/4 inch coins. Bonus – no MSG, either!
1/8 cup milk
What you need to do:
For the oven roasted potatoes, place the diced potatoes and onions in the baking dish. Add the remaining ingredients, then gently mix until all of the potatoes are lightly coated with oil.
Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Stir, recover, then bake for another 30 minutes.
Take potatoes out of the oven, set aside for the moment. Do not turn off the oven yet.
For the breakfast frittata, place the sausage coins into the pie plate and cover with a paper towel. Heat in a microwave oven for 2 minutes or in the already preheated oven (without the paper towel,) for about 10 minutes.
Once the sausage has been warmed, add half of the oven roasted potatoes. Gently mix the two ingredients.
In a separate bowl, add the milk to the eggs and lightly whisk with a fork, as if you were going to make scrambled eggs. Pour the egg mixture on top of the potatoes and sausage, gently mixing until the egg has coated all of the potatoes and sausage.
Bake for 20 minutes.
Get the plates out – you are ready to eat a hearty breakfast!
Now, some of you may not want to have a potato-based frittata with a side of potatoes. Fair enough. There are options:
- Double the sausage and eggs and make one big batch. This is a good idea if you need more than 4 servings. Heck you could just use the 9 x 13 baking dish instead of a smaller pie plate.
- Make two frittatas – one of them with the sausage and another substituting 2 cups of chopped broccoli florets and 1 cup chopped red bell pepper. Great concept if you have vegetarians in the crowd.
- Make two frittatas – one of them with the sausage and another substituting 2 cups of shredded sharp cheddar cheese. I mean, really – you can’t go wrong with cheese, can you?
Any way you make it – this frittata hits the spot on a cold or rainy day. And good luck with the fishing!