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This Caramelized Kale and Onion Frittata is perfect for brunch or an easy weeknight meal!
This savory frittata gets lots of flavor from caramelized onions, goat cheese and crispy kale! Vegetarian and gluten free!

This Caramelized Kale and Onion Frittata is perfect for brunch or an easy weeknight meal!

I don’t know why I don’t make frittatas more often. They are really the ideal busy weeknight meal. They are also a “I need to go grocery shopping meal” and a “I’m feeling reeeaaaalllly lazy” meal.  All of those things speak to me. You can use almost anything that you have laying around.  As long as you have eggs, the possibilities are endless. They can be meatless or not, packed with veggies or…not. This frittata has my favorite ever combo of caramelized kale + onions and then goat cheese because goat cheese makes everything better.

This savory frittata gets lots of flavor from caramelized onions, goat cheese and crispy kale! Vegetarian and gluten free!

This caramelized kale and onion method is adapted from Suzanne Goin via Alexandra’s Kitchen.  It is so good, although I made a few changes to the method to make it more frittata friendly.  The thing is that the kale is cooked on low heat for a long time, and it wilts down and becomes almost black and crispy – which might not sound as good as it tastes, but trust me on this.

This savory frittata gets lots of flavor from caramelized onions, goat cheese and crispy kale! Vegetarian and gluten free!

Lacinato kale (dinosaur kale) works best here.  Just remove the stem and tear if into pieces.  They don’t need to be super small pieces, because they are going to wilt down and get much smaller.

This savory frittata gets lots of flavor from caramelized onions, goat cheese and crispy kale! Vegetarian and gluten free!

Start by heating a non stick, oven proof skillet over medium heat.  I like to use my well-seasoned cast iron skillet here. Add 2 tablespoons of oil.  Add the onion, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes and cook for 5-7 minutes, until the onions are softening and starting to turn golden.  Add the kale with 2 more tablespoons of oil and a little more seasoning.  Carefully stir to mix everything together and coat in the oil.  Reduce heat to medium low.  At first it will seem like too much kale, but don’t worry, soon it will shrink down.  After a few minutes you’ll be like “yeah….”

This savory frittata gets lots of flavor from caramelized onions, goat cheese and crispy kale! Vegetarian and gluten free!

But no, it isn’t done yet.  You want the onions to caramelize and the kale to get crispy.  It takes about 40 minutes, but soon you will have this.

This savory frittata gets lots of flavor from caramelized onions, goat cheese and crispy kale! Vegetarian and gluten free!

Yeeeeaaaaahhhhhhhhh.

During that forty minutes you had to do something, so hopefully you whisked your eggs and broke your goat cheese into pieces.

This savory frittata gets lots of flavor from caramelized onions, goat cheese and crispy kale! Vegetarian and gluten free!

Before you pour the eggs in, be sure that there is enough oil in the pan, and take a brush and brush some of the oil onto the sides of the pan.  This will keep the eggs from sticking and make it really easy to take the frittata out when it is done. Pour the eggs over the kale and onions and cook on the stove top for about 5 minutes, until the edges are starting to set and pull away from the sides of the pan.  Dot the top with the goat cheese pieces and then put in the oven to finish.  The cooking time is going to depend on your skillet.  I used a 12 inch skillet.  If you have a 10 inch skillet that will also work.  A smaller skillet will lead to a thicker frittata, which will require a longer baking time.  A larger skillet will give you a thinner frittata, which will cook faster.  So for me, eight eggs in a 12 inch skillet took about 20 minutes.  You really don’t want to overcook this, especially since eggs are notorious for over cooking and continuing to cook after being removed from the heat.  Keep a close eye on it, and remove from the oven when it looks just set, or even a little underdone.  Since cast iron skillets retain heat, remove from the skillet right away.

This savory frittata gets lots of flavor from caramelized onions, goat cheese and crispy kale! Vegetarian and gluten free!

Let it sit for a few minutes, then it can be cut and served.

This savory frittata gets lots of flavor from caramelized onions, goat cheese and crispy kale! Vegetarian and gluten free!

I like to serve this for dinner with a light salad, but it would also be great at brunch.

This savory frittata gets lots of flavor from caramelized onions, goat cheese and crispy kale! Vegetarian and gluten free!

 

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Caramelized Kale and Onion Frittata

Prep 5 minutes
Cook 1 hour
Total 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 4 Servings
This savory frittata gets lots of flavor from caramelized onions, goat cheese and crispy kale! Vegetarian and gluten free!

Ingredients 

  • 8 eggs
  • 1 large sweet onion thinly sliced
  • 4 garlic cloves finely minced
  • 1 large bunch of lacinato kale stem removed and torn into pieces (about 6 cups)
  • 1/4 cup half and half optional
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 ounces soft goat cheese herbed goat cheese is really nice here
  • kosher salt
  • fresh cracked pepper
  • red pepper flakes

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 350°F
  • Heat an oven proof skillet over medium heat.
  • When hot, add 2 tablespoons of olive oil.
  • Add the onion, season with salt, pepper and red pepper flakes.
  • Saute until soft and golden, about seven minutes.
  • Add garlic and cook for about 1 minute.
  • Add the kale to the skillet with 2 more tablespoons of olive oil, season with a little more salt, pepper and red pepper flakes. Stir to mix everything together and fully coat with the oil. Reduce heat to medium low.
  • Continue to cook mixture, stirring often, until onions are caramelized and kale is crispy and very dark, almost black, about 40 minutes.
  • While kale and onions are cooking, whisk together the eggs with half and half, salt and pepper, and break the goat cheese onto small pieces.
  • When kale and onion mixture is done, raise heat to medium high, brush some of the oil on the sides of the pan, then pour in the eggs. Allow the eggs to cook on the stovetop until the edges start to set and pull away from the pan, about 5 minutes.
  • sprinkle the goat cheese evenly on the top and put in the oven.
  • Keep a close eye on the frittata, bake until just set, about 20-30 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and transfer frittata to a cutting board, allow to sit for a few minutes. Cut and serve.

Notes

*Use a cast iron skillet or an oven proof nonstick skillet. Cooking time will vary depending on the size of your skillet. I used a 12 inch and the cooking time was 20 minutes, but a smaller skillet might require longer cooking due to the frittata being thicker.

Nutrition

Calories: 408kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 346mg | Sodium: 269mg | Potassium: 583mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 7565IU | Vitamin C: 85.9mg | Calcium: 228mg | Iron: 3.4mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine: Italian
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Kale method adapted from Alexanda’s Kitchen

This savory frittata gets lots of flavor from caramelized onions, goat cheese and crispy kale! Vegetarian and gluten free!

What is your favorite lazy weeknight meal?

 

Hello! I’m Meghan.

I am so glad that you are here! I am the recipe developer, photographer, and writer here at my blog Fox and Briar. I am a passionate, self-taught home cook and believe that most things are better homemade and that good food doesn’t need to be complicated.

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6 Comments

  1. Looks wonderful…if this is what you can whip up when feeling LAZY, I’m embarrassed to say I must get much lazier…?
    I was wondering @ dinner & though, “oh yay!” But as I read I decided maybe the 2nd time I try it I’ll consider it easy/least! Definitely trying it’s~sounds SO good!
    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

    1. Haha, well it is mostly hands off and requires minimal chopping, so that is why I consider it easy/lazy. Hope you try it and like it!