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Tonight I was in the mood for eggs and we settled on a kind of ‘breakfast for dinner’ type dish. I love frittatas, they’re so easy to make and very quick to cook and you can add almost anything to them depending on what you have in the fridge that needs using up. We settled on Chorizo and Butternut Squash, thinking that the salty, spiciness of the Chorizo would pair well with the earthy, sweetness of the Butternut Squash
Preheat the oven to 200C and peel and chop the butternut squash into small squares – drizzle over the olive oil, season well and roast the butternut squash in the oven for 30-40 mins until it is tender and slightly caramelised.Meanwhile, chop up the Chorizo and fry it in a dry pan ( it will release a lot of oil as it cooks) for 5 minutes until it has cooked and turned a darker colour.Remove the chorizo pieces from the pan leaving the delicious smoky spicy oil behind to cook the frittata in.
Crack open the eggs into a large bowl, add the yoghurt and plenty of salt and pepper and whisk everything together so that it is all combinedTurn on the grill at this point so that it is ready to cook the top of the frittata when needed.
Heat the chorizo oil back up and pour the egg and yoghurt mixture into the same pan.Sprinkle in half of the chorizo, butternut squash and thyme and leave to cook for a couple of minutes. Then sprinkle in the other half. This ensures that everything doesn’t just sink to the bottom and you will have tasty pieces throughout the whole frittata. Once you have everything in the pan and it has been cooking for 5 mins or so, transfer the entire pan so that it is under the grill which will give the top half of the frittata a chance to cook and brown – it will also make the frittata puff up and be light and fluffy. After another 3-4 mins or so the frittata will be set all the way through and ready to eat.Delicious, warming and comforting and full of flavour this meal is satisfying full of protein but still very light and healthy.
This served 4 people, cut into quarters with a side salad and some roasted vegetables but would also make a great weekend brunch. It’s so easy to change-up the flavours to suit your specific tastes as well. Try smoked salmon and dill or roasted vegetables or ham and cheese – whatever takes your fancy. Let me know your favourite flavours in the comments section – I’d love some more inspiration!
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