Eggs are cheap

March 10, 2011

Broccoli Cheddar Frittata with Caramelized Shallots

I’m trying my hardest not to allow these new adventures in mommyhood to overtake this here blog. Because while I know you’re all very kind, you came here to talk food, not listen to me babble on about my new found responsibility, fun as he is.

Yah yah, Carolyn. We know, we know. You’re sleep deprived, you’re lucky if you have a chance to brush your teeth, and you’re not leaving the confines of your house for the next 5 years. We get it. Show us the food.

While I can’t guarantee the little one will not sneak in to play every now and again, I can promise there will always, always be food. Because everyone poops eats (Oops. I clearly cannot escape the cute and comical baby shtuff taking over our life). On that note, let’s talk frittata!

Babies are expensive. Eggs are cheap. We’ve been eating lots of eggs.

This frittata is my new favorite. How could you go wrong with broccoli and lots of cheese? Except what I really mean is how could you go wrong with lots of cheese? The caramelized shallots add a subtle nuttiness, while the smoked paprika lends a certain “meatiness” and gives the illusion of bacon. It’s filling and perfect for brunch or a light dinner. (I know what you’re thinking. Nothing gives the illusion of bacon unless it’s bacon. Good point. If you insist on bacon, try this frittata. It’s an old standby around here.)

Broccoli Cheddar Frittata with Caramelized Shallots

  • 4 large eggs
  • 3 large egg whites
  • 1/4 cup lowfat milk
  • 1/2 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 1/2 oz shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 T unsalted butter
  • 1 large shallot, sliced crosswise into very thin rings
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped cooked broccoli (leftover steamed broccoli works great!)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Whisk together the eggs, egg whites, milk, Kosher salt, black pepper and smoked paprika. Stir in the cheese. Set egg mixture aside.

In a nonstick oven safe 10-inch skillet, melt butter over medium-low heat. Add shallots and saute until very golden brown and caramelized, about 8-10 minutes. Stir often to prevent burning. Add the broccoli and saute 1 minute (if using plain steamed broccoli, season with a pinch of salt and black pepper). Using a wooden spoon, distribute the shallots and broccoli in an even layer in the skillet. Pour the egg mixture over the shallots and broccoli. Transfer skillet to preheated oven and bake for 10-12 minutes, or until eggs are set. Remove pan from oven (handle will be hot!) and serve immediately.

Serves 2 as a lighter main course, 4 with a few sides.

10 Comments
  1. Lauren Melnick

    March 11, 2011 at 11:13 am


    Babies are expensive. Eggs are cheap. I love it! Beautiful photos too.

  2. Joanne

    March 11, 2011 at 1:11 pm


    Aww you shouldn’t feel too bad about talking about babies! I love reading about other people’s babies actually. And I love reading about other people’s cheap and easy meals, as well. It’s the eternal student in me. this looks delicious!

  3. fresh365

    March 11, 2011 at 4:27 pm


    I personally love talking babies AND food, so bring it on! Frittatas make an appearance at my house once a week- such a perfect simple, hearty meal. Hope you are doing well!

  4. redmenace

    March 11, 2011 at 8:20 pm


    Well, since I have a new little one myself, I’m all for baby talk and baby stories. Keep it coming! The eggs look great too. I will admit we eat lots of them these days too. Some days are better than others with the cooking….

  5. Kathy - Panini Happy

    March 16, 2011 at 2:55 pm


    This fritatta sounds wonderful! Even though eggs aren’t my favorite, I do love fritattas for some reason. Maybe it’s all the good stuff that’s mixed in. :-)

  6. Sheila

    March 18, 2011 at 7:06 am


    I ENJOY your cute baby yalk-talk-talk and Food sharing! Eggs is most definitely a Staple here and Everywhere I think. Fritattas are FUN, EASY and Creative like a Casserole is! This site and your format of pictures is SUPER GOOD! Ty! Warm Big Hugs to your baby boy! :) PEACE! And COOK ON! (It’s so much FUN)! SHEE

  7. Love2Cook247SHEE

    March 18, 2011 at 7:12 am


    Also: *Enjoying your site! THANK “YOU” VERY MUCH!! :) Do yiu also cook with sun-dried Tomatoes? They add a really great taste to FRITATAS and to Meatloaf too!

  8. Sophia

    March 30, 2011 at 11:47 am


    I love making delicious, comforting breakfasts in the morning! I’d love to make this! You should consider submitting this to Recipe4Living’s Breakfast Casserole Recipe Contest! You could win a whole bunch of things from Melitta Coffee!

  9. Carolyn

    April 3, 2011 at 7:45 pm


    You’re all so kind! Thanks for reading.

  10. Zelda

    November 17, 2011 at 5:57 am


    Eggs Glorious Eggs !

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