Veggie Frittata with Roasted Heirloom Tomatoes, Baby Spinach, and Goat Cheese

Veggie Frittata with Roasted Heirloom Tomatoes, Baby Spinach, and Goat Cheese
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About This Recipe

Hello, Napa Valley foodies! It's Lily, your local culinary enthusiast and wine aficionado. Today, I'm thrilled to bring you a goat cheese and heirloom tomato frittata recipe that perfectly encapsulates the flavors of our splendid wine country. This tomato frittata is an ode to the lush vineyards and farm-fresh produce we're blessed with.

Inspired by Napa's renowned farm-to-table ethos, this tomato and goat cheese recipe shines the spotlight on juicy heirloom tomatoes and fresh baby spinach, seamlessly harmonized with the creamy goodness of tangy goat cheese. Whether it's brunch, lunch, or a light summer dinner, this goat cheese and tomato frittata is your ticket to gourmet delight.

For the uninitiated, a frittata is a versatile dish, but when paired with Humboldt Fog cheese or even a basic goat cheese, it's transcendent. Consider complementing this dish with a side of mixed greens tossed in an orange vinaigrette and sprinkled with toasted almonds. And if your sweet tooth beckons, a honey-kissed fresh fruit salad will wonderfully balance the frittata's savory notes.

If you're on the hunt for top-tier ingredients, the local farmers' markets or specialty outlets in Napa Valley won't disappoint. The St. Helena or Napa Farmers' Market is your go-to for plump heirloom tomatoes and tender baby spinach. And for that authentic goat cheese flavor, I can't recommend a local Napa or Sonoma County cheese producer.

This goat cheese and herb frittata, though versatile, is especially a tribute to Napa Valley's agricultural lineage and its intertwined relationship with wine country. As you indulge in every bite, take a moment to savor the authenticity of ingredients, nurtured in the valley's fertile grounds.

Amp up this culinary journey by coupling your goat cheese and heirloom tomato frittata with a vivacious Sauvignon Blanc or a Rosé from esteemed wineries such as St. Supéry or Frog's Leap. The wines' inherent acidity masterfully offsets the frittata's rich depth.

So, with sleeves rolled up and ingredients spread out, let's embark on crafting a farm-fresh frittata that's redolent of Napa Valley's illustrious wine country. Cheers to tantalizing taste buds and joyous cooking! 🥂

Hero Ingredient Spotlight: Heirloom Tomatoes

Heirloom Tomatoes have been cherished for generations, not just for their vibrant colors and shapes but for their rich, robust flavors that can elevate any dish. Unlike the commercially grown tomatoes that prioritize uniformity and shelf life, heirlooms are cultivated for taste and texture. With a history often passed down through families, these tomatoes are non-hybrid and are grown from seeds that are at least 50 years old. Heirlooms come in various colors - from deep red to green, and even purple. When roasted, these tomatoes' inherent sweetness is enhanced, offering a depth of flavor that beautifully complements the creamy goat cheese and fresh baby spinach in this veggie frittata.

How to Perfectly Whisk Eggs for a Frittata

  1. Choose the Right Bowl: Opt for a wide bowl that gives you ample space to whisk.
  2. Break the Eggs: Crack the eggs one by one, checking for any shell pieces.
  3. Season: Before you start whisking, add your seasonings, such as salt, pepper, and herbs. This ensures even distribution throughout the egg mixture.
  4. Whisking Technique: Hold the whisk between your thumb and first two fingers. Use your wrist to create a circular motion, ensuring you incorporate air into the eggs. This will create a lighter, fluffier texture in your frittata.
  5. Check Consistency: Your eggs should have a uniform color with small bubbles on the surface when properly whisked.

FAQs

  1. Can I use regular tomatoes if I don't have heirloom tomatoes? Yes, you can use regular tomatoes. However, heirloom tomatoes have a unique flavor profile that makes them stand out. If using regular tomatoes, ensure they are ripe for the best flavor.
  2. What can I substitute for goat cheese? Feta cheese or ricotta can be a good substitute for goat cheese. They both offer a creamy texture, though the taste might be slightly different.
  3. How do I store leftovers? Store any leftover frittata in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. You can reheat it in a microwave or oven until warmed through.
  4. Is this frittata gluten-free? Yes, this frittata is gluten-free as long as all the ingredients, including spices and any milk substitutes, are gluten-free. Always check labels if you have a gluten sensitivity.
  5. What kind of skillet is best for a frittata? A non-stick, ovenproof skillet is ideal for making a frittata. This ensures that the mixture doesn't stick to the bottom and can be safely transferred to the oven.

Tips for Success

  1. Roasting Perfection: For perfectly roasted heirloom tomatoes, ensure they are in a single layer on the baking sheet. Overlapping might cause them to steam instead of roast, leading to a different texture.
  2. Consistent Cooking: After adding the egg mixture to the skillet, resist the urge to stir continuously. Allow the edges to set for even cooking before transferring to the oven.
  3. Let it Rest: After removing the frittata from the oven, give it a few minutes to rest. This makes it easier to slice and lets the flavors meld.

Indulge in this delightful Veggie Frittata, where the charm of heirloom tomatoes, the creamy richness of goat cheese, and the freshness of baby spinach come together in a dish that celebrates both flavor and tradition. Perfectly paired with Napa Valley's finest wines, this dish is sure to be a hit at your next brunch or dinner gathering!

Recipe Overview

Recipe:
Veggie Frittata with Roasted Heirloom Tomatoes, Baby Spinach, and Goat Cheese
Author:
Lily Anderson
Season:
Summer
Yield:
4-6 servings
Calories Per Serving:
272
Prep Time:
PT15M
Cook Time:
PT30M
Total Time:
PT45M

Ingredients List

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound heirloom tomatoes, sliced into 1/2-inch-thick rounds
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 8 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk or unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 2 cups baby spinach, roughly chopped
  • 4 ounces goat cheese, crumbled

Step-by-Step Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C). Arrange the sliced heirloom tomatoes on a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Drizzle 1 tablespoon of olive oil over the tomatoes, and season them with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Roast the tomatoes for 15-20 minutes, or until they are tender and slightly caramelized. Remove them from the oven, and reduce the oven temperature to 350°F (175°C).
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk or almond milk, dried oregano, dried basil, salt, and freshly ground black pepper. Set the egg mixture aside.
  3. In a large ovenproof skillet, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat. Add the chopped baby spinach to the skillet, and cook for 2-3 minutes, or until the spinach is wilted.
  4. Pour the egg mixture over the spinach in the skillet, and gently stir to ensure an even distribution of ingredients. Cook for 3-4 minutes, or until the edges of the frittata start to set.
  5. Arrange the roasted heirloom tomatoes on top of the frittata, and sprinkle the crumbled goat cheese evenly over the tomatoes.
  6. Transfer the skillet to the preheated oven, and bake the frittata for 15-20 minutes, or until it is set in the center and the cheese is lightly golden.
  7. Remove the Veggie Frittata from the oven, and let it rest for a few minutes before slicing and serving. Enjoy this flavorful dish with a glass of Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc. The wine's bright acidity and herbaceous notes will beautifully complement the rich, savory flavors of the roasted heirloom tomatoes, baby spinach, and goat cheese, creating a harmonious and delicious dining experience that highlights the best of our lovely wine country.

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