A Brunchypoo for Obama

23 Jan

As you may have heard, a fairly large event took place this week in Washington, DC. Last time around, I left the house at 3 am and slept under the Department of Labor in freezing temperatures to watch B.H.S. on a jumbotron from 15 blocks away.   Not even a little bit interested in doing that a second time, I invited some dear friends over for a little brunchypoo.

FatherKef is a big fan of breakfast-making, and especially loves to make a cheesey frittata when there are enough people around to eat the whole thing. He got the recipe from a man named Tyler who is apparently on the Food Network and, as such, this dish is referred to as ‘a Tyler’ in the Kef household.

I also made a batch of blueberry foccacia, which is most definitely NOT gluten free but I devoured anyway. Whoopsies.

Cheesey Potato Frittata


  • 8 extra-large eggs
  • 2 TBS heavy cream
  • 1 c grated Gruyere cheese
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 TBS unsalted butter
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 4 small red potatoes, diced
  • 1 c diced smoked ham or Canadian bacon (optional)
  • 1 c grated Parmigiano-Reggiano, for finishing top
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 bunch chives, chopped

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

2. In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, cream, Gruyere cheese, salt, and pepper until foamy. Melt butter over medium-large heat–make sure this pan can be transferred to the oven (it will say on the bottom “oven safe” and should NOT have a rubber handle!). Add the onion and potatoes and cook thoroughly.

3. Pour the egg mixture over the top. Pull the edges away from the sides of the pan with a spatula so the eggs flow to the bottom of the pan. When the frittata is half set, add the ham if using it.

4. Transfer the pan to the heated oven. Bake for 10 minutes until puffed and golden, with firm (but not dry) center.

5. Remove from oven.  FatherKef has developed an amazing technique for this last part–grab a big serving dish, cover pan and flip in one swoop so that frittata is now right-side-up and on dish. Shower with grated Parmesan and serve garnished with sour cream and chives.

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