One-Pot Wonders

Lambsquarters Frittata

June 20, 2014
2 Ratings
Photo by yossy arefi
  • Serves 4
Author Notes

Lambsquarters is a delicious cooked vegetable, nutty and sweet on its own or incorporated as here in a flavorful frittata for a hearty brunch or supper on a summer evening. For best flavor and texture, make sure to use the top 4-6 inches of leafy tops of the plant before it seeds. Touted as an overlooked "superfood". —tama matsuoka wong

What You'll Need
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 medium potatoes, peeled and sliced thinly, preferably with a mandolin
  • 1 pinch salt and pepper
  • 3/4 cup lambsquarters tips (top 4 to 6 inches of tender leaves and stem), roughly chopped
  • 2 1/2 ounces Gruyère cheese, grated
  • 6 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons cream
  1. Melt 1 tablespoon of the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Add the sliced potatoes, salt, and pepper. Cook for 8 minutes, then remove from heat and set aside in a large bowl.
  3. Cook the chopped lambsquarters in the same pan for 2 minutes, or until just tender and deep green. Add a tablespoon of water as it cooks, if it becomes dry.
  4. Combine the cooked lambsquarters, eggs, cheese, and cream in a large bowl.
  5. Melt the remaining 1 tablespoon butter in a large saucepan at medium heat, then pour the entire egg-lambsquarters-potato mixture into the saucepan and stir the top around so that it browns evenly.
  6. Add more ground pepper, then flip it once it's lightly browned. Cook until it's set in the middle, and serve immediately.

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Tama Matsuoka Wong is the principal at Meadowsandmore, a wild food purveyor and educational studio.

1 Review

JJGood August 24, 2020
I was surprised at how much I enjoyed the lambs quarters in this—they were remarkably fresh and distinct-tasting, even after having been mixed with a bunch of other flavorful ingredients and being cooked twice. That said, I would double the amount of greens for these proportions of egg and potato. I also added half a yellow onion, cooked with the potatoes, and finished the whole thing in the oven (about 7 minutes on 400F after the edges had set) because flipping scares me. I grated a little extra gruyere to scatter on top before the final cooking stage. Thought about adding a little nutmeg but glad I didn't.