Cuban Frittata with Bacon and Potatoes

This rich, custardy frittata from chef Tim Byres of Smoke in Dallas is an inspired way to have breakfast for dinner. Based on the Cuban tortilla de papas that his Cuban mother-in-law makes, it’s studded with potatoes, onion and slab bacon, then topped with a peppery watercress salad.

Recipe from Food & Wine Chefs' Easy Weeknight Dinners.

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  • Servings: 4

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  • 1/4 pound slab bacon, cut into 1/2-inch dice (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 medium Yukon Gold potato, scrubbed and cut into 1/2-inch dice (about 1 cup)
  • 1 medium sweet onion, cut into 1/2-inch dice (about 2 cups)
  • 6 large eggs beaten with
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 large bunch of watercress, thick stems discarded and the rest coarsely chopped
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground pepper

How to make this recipe

  1. In a 10-inch nonstick skillet, cook the bacon in the olive oil over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until golden brown, about 
10 minutes. With a slotted spoon, transfer the bacon to a medium bowl.

  2. Add the potatoes to the skillet in a single layer and cook over high heat until browned on the bottom. Reduce the heat to moderately high and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 12 minutes. With a slotted spoon, add the potatoes to the bowl with the bacon.

  3. Add the onion to the skillet and cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes. Reduce the heat to low and stir in the bacon and potatoes. Spread in an even layer, then pour in the beaten eggs. Cook, without stirring, until the eggs are just set, about 6 minutes; they will be a little moist on top.

  4. Run a rubber spatula around the edge of the eggs. Invert a 12-inch plate over the pan. Wearing oven mitts, quickly and carefully invert the skillet and plate to release the eggs. Slide the eggs back into the skillet and cook over low heat until set, about 4 minutes. Carefully slide the tortilla onto a serving plate.

  5. In a large bowl, toss the watercress with 1 tablespoon of the vinegar and season with salt and pepper; add more vinegar to taste. Cut the tortilla into wedges, top with the watercress salad and serve.

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