Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Recipe: Mini Ham and Cheese Frittatas


Last year I was diagnosed with celiac disease while I was on a project in Houston, TX.  This meant that I had to learn how to live without gluten AND get used to a new a project in a state I'd never been in before.  I was extremely fortunate to meet someone on my team who was both my age and who ate gluten-free, my good friend Tonya.  She was an absolute blessing during my time in Texas, from allowing me to vent about anything and everything to going out for food and drinks the few times I had to be onsite over a weekend.

She also gave me the recipe for these delicious mini-ham and cheese frittatas.  These are absolutely delicious, flavorful little bites made of egg whites, ham, onions, chives, and cheddar cheese.  I've made them as hors d'ouerves for several family occasions and they were all gone by the time the bulk of attendants had arrived.  They're also quite filling; Rob and I ate them this evening along with store-brought hash browns (sort-of-brinner for the win!) and couldn't finish all of them.

With that, here is the recipe and some pictures of our cooking process!  These are gluten-free, obviously, but not egg- or meat-free. I'm sure there are ways to make these vegetarian-friendly, though!

Ingredients:

1/2 cup finely-chopped onion (we use regular red onion)
2/3 cup chopped ham
1/3 cup shredded cheddar
2 tbsp chopped fresh chives
1/8 tsp thyme
1/8 tsp black pepper
4 large egg whites
1 large egg
Mini-muffin pan

(Note: this makes a relatively small batch, so sometimes Rob and I increase the recipe by a wee bit. Tonight we used 6 whites and 2 large eggs, as an example, and ended up with around 16 or 17)

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Heat large skillet on medium heat.  Sautee onion for 2 minutes.  Add ham and sautee for 3 minutes.  Remove, cool for 5 minutes.

3. Combine remaining ingredients in a large bowl and stir with whisk.

4. Add ham mixture to the bowl.

5. Spray mini muffin pan with PAM or other non-stick spray.  Spoon mixture into mini-muffin pan and bake for 20 minutes.

And now for the photos:

  

My husband's pretty handsome :)

Don't have one of these? GET ONE if you cook with egg whites.

All done! NOM!
The final product!  Yummy and just the right size!

This is Cypress's "I'm waiting for food but am pretending to be calm" pose.
This is legit my husband's dishes/dinner playlist. We have mini-dance parties.
See?

8 comments:

  1. that sounds so good, i'll have to try it! i'm always on the lookout for new recipes to try. and speaking of gluten-free, do you guys have Pamela's gluten-free products in Maine? I use their gluten-free baking products all the time and they're so good! you should try them if you haven't. i reccomend the pancake or chocolate chunk cookie mixes!

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  2. Sounds so yummy! I love that you guys have dance parties :) You are the cutest couple!

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  3. First of all, I love that you guys have a playlist specifically for dinner/dishes. AWESOME.

    Second, this recipe sounds fantastic. I will definitely be trying it out this week.

    Third, is that booze in the background in the first photo? My kinda gal!

    Have a great one. Shannon

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  4. oh these look great! i do a blog hop over at my food blog on sundays, i'd love it if you came over and shared it!
    www.eatinginwinnipeg.blogspot.com

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  5. hey! all you have to do is go to the url for my other blog (eating in winnipeg) which is in the comment i write right before this one, on sunday and the post will be up where you can link in. it's super super easy!!

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  6. I LOVE your playlist! It looks just like our wedding playlist : )

    & definitely trying these this week. The hubster recently realized that wheat doesn't settle well with him, so this recipe sounds like a keeper.

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  7. this look SO SO SO tasty!!! wow!
    http://www.lovemins.com
    xoxo, Saskia

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