Hearty Spring Brunch: Ham and Cheese Frittata
For this week's Chopped Dinner Challenge, the chefs of Food Network Kitchen chose to feature the basket ingredient spiral ham. But instead of using the ham in the most-conventional way, say baking it or even cubing it, this recipe takes it to the Chopped-like extreme: The ham gets pulsed in the food processor, basically deviling it and turning it into a creamy pate that is sauteed and combined with beaten eggs to make this Deviled Ham Frittata with Jalapeno and Scallion Relish. A layer of sharp cheddar is sprinkled on top before the skillet goes into the oven. This dish is ideal for a spring brunch with family and friends — and you'll have everyone guessing as to the secret ingredient that makes it so flavorful.
To begin the recipe, make the relish. Heat some oil in a saute pan until it's shimmering hot. Carefully add the sliced jalapeno and scallions, turn off the heat and stir to combine. Stir in the sesame oil and season with salt. Remove to a bowl and set aside. Next, devil the ham by pulsing it in the food processor along with onion and mustard. Separately, whisk together the eggs and heavy cream in a bowl.
Now, to make the frittata: Heat some oil in the wiped-clean saute pan. Add the deviled ham and saute until the mixture is softened and lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Reduce the heat before adding the eggs. Pour in the beaten eggs while mixing and cook until slightly set, about 2 minutes. Sprinkle cheese over the top and continue to cook about 5 minutes longer. Place the frittata under the broiler for about 3 to 5 minutes to brown the cheese. Let cool slightly before inverting the frittata onto a plate. Cut into wedges and serve topped with the relish.
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The Chopped Dinner Challenge is a series of recipes showing you how easy it is to cook like a winning Chopped competitor. Every week, FN Dish will showcase a recipe created by Food Network Kitchen that uses at least one of the Chopped basket ingredients from an episode, plus basic grocery goods and simple staples. Consider it your very own Chopped challenge. Just take this frequent tip from the judges: Don’t forget to season!