As we dance through the changing tapestry of seasons, embracing the bountiful harvest, one culinary delight that captures the essence of autumn is the Squash Frittata. This versatile dish is a canvas painted with vibrant hues and rich flavours of various squash varieties. Join me on a culinary journey as we create a masterpiece that not only tantalises the taste buds but also pays homage to the history and diversity of this humble yet exquisite vegetable.
Squash has been a staple in various cuisines throughout history, with its origins traced back to the indigenous peoples of the Americas. The word “squash” derives from the Native American Narragansett language. These nutrient-packed vegetables were cultivated by Native Americans long before the arrival of European settlers, and their culinary significance has only grown over the centuries.
2 cups diced mixed squash (butternut, acorn, or your preferred variety)
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 bell pepper, diced
6 large eggs
1/2 cup milk
1 cup shredded cheese (cheddar or Gruyere)
Salt and pepper to taste
Fresh herbs (thyme or rosemary) for garnish
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
- Dice the squash, chop the onion, and dice the bell pepper.
- Cook Time: 25 minutes
- In the oven-safe skillet, sauté the onion and bell pepper until softened.
- Add the diced squash and cook until slightly caramelised.
- Total Time: 40 minutes
- In a mixing bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, salt, and pepper.
- Pour the egg mixture evenly over the sautéed vegetables in the skillet.
- Servings: 4
- Yield: 1 delicious Squash Frittata
- Place the skillet in the preheated oven and bake for approximately 20 minutes or until the frittata is set and slightly golden on top.
- Sprinkle shredded cheese over the frittata and broil for 2-3 minutes until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
- Garnish with fresh herbs and let it cool for a few minutes before slicing and serving.
As you slice into the Squash Frittata, the aroma of roasted squash and savoury eggs will transport you to a culinary haven where tradition and innovation dance together. This dish not only celebrates the fall harvest but also invites you to experiment with various squash varieties, ensuring each bite is a symphony of flavours. So, fire up your oven and embark on a culinary adventure that is as delightful to prepare as it is to savour.