Roasted chilli frittata

Roasted chilli frittata is a meal in itself, and a delicious one I say. You can make it with a mixture of chillies and a pepper, or if you’re like me, try it with double the chillies. Yep, I love hot & spicy meals! Serve it up with ham, prosciutto or bacon for a damn fine breakfast that will set you up for the day. After a little over indulging at the weekend it’s back to the healthy eating to get ready for the summer. Frittata’s are great for eating at anytime of the day, and can be whipped up in minutes using leftover cooked vegetables or meats. For this roasted chilli frittata you can also use wild garlic to make it extra tasty. To make this dish even healthier you can use a smaller amount of Parmesan cheese on the top, or you can leave it out completely or replace it with cheddar.

INGREDIENTSroasted chilli frittata
4–8 chillies, a mixture of green, red and yellow
1 red or green pepper, optional
1 tbsp red wine vinegar
2 tbsp  olive oil
6 sprigs flat-leaf parsley, leaves picked, stalks finely chopped
1 knob of butter
5 large free-range eggs
1 handful of grated Parmesan
1 clove of garlic, finely chopped
100 g goat’s cheese, or 100g feta
Salad leaves, to serve

Preheat your oven to full whack. Prick each of your chillies and the pepper (if you’re only using 4 chillies, you’ll need the pepper to bulk up the filling) with a small, sharp knife, then blacken over a gas flame, in a dry griddle pan or under a grill. Once they’re nicely charred, pop them in a bowl and cover with clingfilm.

After 10 minutes, remove the skin, stalks and seeds, then delicately tear lengthways into thin strips. Put these strips back in the bowl and add the red wine vinegar, a lug of olive oil and the parsley stalks. Heat a lug of olive oil and some butter in a small ovenproof frying pan, then add half of your marinated chillies and the chopped garlic.

Meanwhile, beat the eggs in a bowl with some grated Parmesan and a good pinch of salt and pepper. Put a few of your parsley leaves to one side, then finely chop the rest and add them to the eggs.

Pour the eggs into the pan then crumble in half of the goat’s cheese or feta. Move the pan a bit to spread everything around. When the egg is just starting to set, crumble over most of the remaining goat’s cheese, then pop the frittata in a hot oven for 5 minutes or until it doubles in size.

Some people cook their frittatas all the way through, but I prefer mine only just done. Once it’s out of the oven, delicately drape the rest of your chilli over the top, crumble over the last few bits of goat’s cheese or feta, then drizzle over a little of the chilli marinade. Sprinkle with the reserved parsley and serve roasted chilli frittata with something fresh and lovely, like a rocket, lemon and Parmesan salad.

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