So delicious. The onions are the star of the show here, so don’t skimp.
Mise en Place
- 2 strips uncured bacon
- 2 medium onions (fist sized)
- 1 Tbsp ground organic chipotle powder. Smoky heat.
- 12 organic eggs
- Organic whole milk
- 2 organic tomatoes, hopefully home grown
- 10 inch fry pan with lid and oven proof handle
- kitchen towel
This is going to take a while as we want to fully develop the flavors of all the ingredients – and not overcook the bottom of the frittata.
- Over low-medium heat, dust the bacon in the fry pan with chipotle (reserve most of the spice for later) and cook until crispy. If the bacon fat smokes, the heat is too high. I find 6 minutes on each side works.
- While the bacon is cooking, coarsely chop the onions. I aim for 16-20 oz chopped onion.
- When the bacon is done, remove the strips and set aside. Put the onions in the pan in all that lovely bacon fat, dust with the rest of the chipotle and cover. Cook until the onions are clear; better yet, get some carmelization. I go 7 minutes, then stir well, then 7 minutes more.
- While the onions are cooking, crack the dozen eggs into a medium bowl, add a splash of whole milk and whisk. Wash and slice the tomatoes.
- When the onions are done cooking, use kitchen shears to cut the bacon strips into small pieces and add to the pan. Stir in the egg mixture until all the ingredients are well distributed.
- Cover and cook over medium-low heat until the bottom is partially set. I find this to take another 7 minutes or so. Watch for egg bubbles; I pop them with a table knife.
- Turn off the burner.
- Set the top oven rack so that it’s 4 inches or so from the broiler, set the broiler on high, cover the egg mixture with the sliced tomatoes, add a little salt and place under the broiler. Cook until browned on top.
- When the smoke alarms go off because you forgot to turn the range hood fan on, run back and forth with the kitchen towel (remember the kitchen towel?) waving at the smoke alarms to get them to shut up.
- Watch out for tripping over your panicked cat, unhinged at the spectacle of waving towels and screaming alarms.
- Once the frittata has browned, remove from the broiler (turn off the broiler) and set aside for a few minutes.
- Slice and serve.
“Frittata” translates roughly into “egg cake” – so there are endless possible variations. One really tasty addition here would be to cut the kernels off a fresh cob of sweet corn and add them with the chopped bacon and egg mixture.