By Melissa Phy / For the Love of Food
For some reason, things are just cuter when they’re smaller: children, bills, bugs.
It’s strange, but whenever I make frittatas in my favorite cast-iron skillet (like this other meatless one), they never get finished. So I decided to try my hand at mini-versions, because we seem more inclined to go back for seconds (and thirds, and fourths) when the item is smaller. And l get offended at leftovers.
These mini frittatas — or crustless quiches — are satisfying for lunch, dinner or pre-curser to a large meal. With frittatas, you can add anything in and they’d be delicious. I paired goat cheese with spinach and sun-dried tomatoes, sautéing the spinach with some garlic first to enhance the umami of the dish. Simple ingredients that don’t require much preparation.
Disclaimer: I made 12 of these with the recipe provided below, but after careful consideration, I think you can make 24 by filling the muffin tins half full instead of two-thirds. Either way, you’re going to end up with something deliciously satisfying.
Sun-dried Tomato, Spinach and Goat Cheese Mini Frittatas
Gather These Up
- 8 eggs
- 1 cup of milk
- 12 oz spinach
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 Tbsp. EVOO
- 3 Tbsp. sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
- 3 oz goat cheese, divided
- Baking spray, such as Pam
- Salt and pepper, to taste
Whisk Them Together
- Heat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Spray a muffin tin generously with the baking spray of your choice.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs and milk. Season generously with salt and pepper. Divide the mixture evenly among the muffin tin cups.
- In a large skillet, heat a heavy-bottomed pan over medium hear with the olive oil. Add the chopped garlic and cook for three minutes. Add the spinach and toss, cooking until wilted — about 6 minutes. Drain the spinach once it’s wilted, squeezing out any excess moisture.
- Divide the cooked spinach among the egg-filled muffin tin. You may have some leftover, which I encourage to snack on while these guys bake.
- Divide the chopped sun-dried tomatoes evenly among the cups.
- Divide the goat cheese in big crumbles among the cups.
- Bake at 350 degrees for about 25 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes before cutting around the edges to help release the frittatas.
- Serve, savor, sigh.
Tips and Variations
- As we fall into the new season, add mushrooms for an earthier, comforting flavor.
- Make this on Tuesday and add crumbled, cooked bacon or sausage to the mix.
- Add red or yellow raw bell peppers for added crunch and color.
- Use fresh tomatoes instead of sun-dried.
- Use feta cheese instead of goat and marinated artichoke hearts instead of spinach for a more Mediterranean flavor.
- Use caramelized onion and blue cheese for a decadent appetizer.