Caramelized Sweet Potato, Red Pepper and Feta Frittata

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INGREDIENTS
Frittata
  • 8 eggs
  • ½ cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves (optional)
  • 2 cloves garlic, pressed or minced
  • ¾ teaspoon sea salt, divided
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 medium sweet potato (3/4 pound or so), peeled and chopped into ¼-inch cubes
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, ribbed, seeded and chopped into ¼-inch pieces
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ⅔ cup cooked black beans, rinsed and drained
  • ⅓ to ½ cup crumbled feta (2 to 3 ounces)
Garnishes
  • Avocado, diced
  • Chopped fresh cilantro
  • Jarred salsa verde
  • Hot sauce
  • Optional: pickled jalapeños
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, cilantro, garlic, ¼ teaspoon salt and several twists of freshly ground black pepper.black bean frittata
  2. In a 10-inch oven-safe sauté pan or well-seasoned cast iron skillet, warm the olive oil over medium heat. Add the chopped sweet potatoes and red pepper and toss to coat, then sprinkle with cumin, smoked paprika and ½ teaspoon salt and stir. Once the pan is sizzling, cover the pan and reduce heat slightly to avoid burning the contents. Cook until the sweet potato is tender and cooked through, stirring occasionally, about 8 minutes.
  3. Uncover the pan, raise the heat back to medium and cook until the excess moisture has evaporated and the sweet potatoes are caramelizing on the edges, about 5 to 10 minutes (add another little splash of olive oil if the potatoes start sticking to the pan).
  4. Turn the heat down to low. Arrange the sweet potatoes and peppers in an even layer in the bottom of the skillet. Sprinkle black beans over the vegetables in an even layer. Whisk the egg mixture one last time and pour it into the pan. Crumble the feta with your fingers or a fork over the top of the frittata. Put the pan in the oven and bake until you can shake the pan (wear oven mitts!) and see that the middle is just barely set, about 12 to 18 minutes.
  5. Set the frittata aside for a few minutes before slicing it. Transfer individual slices to plates and top with diced avocado, salsa verde and chopped cilantro. Serve with hot sauce and pickled jalapeños on the side.

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