Fina’s Famous Spanish Frittata

Fina was my Spanish neighbor who lived diagonally across the street from our home when we were stationed in San Antonio.   She was an older lady & all of her kids were out of the house & had their own families all spread across the country. Her husband worked for Lockheed Martin & always traveled for business which left her alone 4 out of 7 days of the week. When we moved onto her street, within a matter of hours, she knocked on the door with a round pie dish in hand. At the time I was very pregnant with RJ, tired from the move & grumpy as hell.  I vividly remember answering the door to the most pleasant person who’s warmth radiated in just a few words “Welcome to the neighborhood”. Those words made the grump go away…wait I lie, maybe it was the round plate of food that made the grumpy monster subside. 

She didn’t want to stay but wanted to welcome us & leave us with a plate of her “famous Spanish Frittata”.  That night, I fell in love with Fina’s Famous Spanish Frittata. A day later I sent her a written Thank you note & told her that I ate the whole pie by myself. TBT (Truth be told) her tortilla had onions in it…lots of onions & large pieces of it. Both the hubs & our oldest kid despise onions which meant more for me!!!!! 

Frittata’s are like a crustless Quiche. Fina’s famous Spanish Frittata was simply eggs, onions & potato’s with a pinch of salt, pepper & garlic. Fina would bring over a Frittata at least once a month & before we PCS’d from San Antonio, she taught me how to make it & told me in Spain, it’s called Tortilla Espanol. 

I have since adapted Fina’s recipe to add my own spin on it. I’ve included both Fina’s recipe & my own below.  A few years ago, I was saddened to find that Fina had passed. Her warmth & kindness to a young mother who was far away from home will never be forgotten!

 

Fina's Famous Spanish Frittata
A simple warm & delicious frittata made with a few basic ingrediants that can be served for brunch or dinner w/ a salad.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 1/2" deep cast iron pan
  2. 1/2 cup olive oil
  3. 2-3 cloves of garlic, minced
  4. 1/2 cup sweet onions, diced
  5. 4-5 medium potatoes, peeled and sliced thin
  6. 6-7 large eggs, beaten in a separate bowl & set aside
  7. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Instructions
  1. Add olive oil to the cast iron pan & heat 2 min
  2. Add onions & garlic & fry till onions are translucent
  3. Then add the sliced potato's again frying till semi-translucent. You want them crisp but not burnt
  4. To the potato mixture, add the beaten eggs & a pinch of Salt & Pepper.
  5. Cook on low for about 8-10 min then transfer to the heated oven for another 5 till eggs are set
  6. To serve, turn the contents of the pan out onto a plate & cut into pie pieces.
Notes
  1. Frittatas are great served either warm or at room temperature.
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Nay's Spanish Frittata
A spin on my neighbor, Fina's Spanish Frittata recipe, that adds a little bit of ham & Gruyere to the already nummy-ness!
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Ingredients
  1. 1 1/2" deep cast iron pan
  2. 1/2 cup olive oil
  3. 2-3 cloves of garlic, minced
  4. 1/2 cup sweet onions, diced
  5. 4-5 medium potatoes, peeled and sliced thin
  6. 1/2 cup of ham, diced
  7. 1/2 cup of Gruyere cheese, shredded
  8. 6-7 large eggs, beaten in a separate bowl & set aside
  9. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Instructions
  1. Heat oil in cast iron skillet
  2. Add onions, garlic & fry till onions are translucent
  3. Then add the ham & fry for 1-2 minutes
  4. Add sliced potato's till crisp but not burnt, tossing carefully so as not to break them
  5. Then add the eggs, salt & pepper & shredded Gruyere & cook over low for about 8-10 min till eggs almost set
  6. Transfer to a 350 degree oven to finish for about 2-3 minutes.
  7. Turn the pan out onto a serving platter.
Notes
  1. I love eating this for dinner with a salad but you can easily make this for any meal as a main dish or as a side in a brunch! This is also a great dish to make with left over ham from Thanksgiving!
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