House Favorite: Spanish Frittata with Saffron and Thyme

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The internet has been the best thing ever to happen to home cooking. From the first days on dial-up, thousands, maybe millions of us have been out there exchanging recipes, hints and ideas. I love that I can create something new, share the food with my family and then share the recipe with the world for someone else to love. Even better is looking for a recipe and having so many choices from so many cultures. I’ve even become a decent technical writer from writing recipes for the web and email, a skill that was useful at my last job.There is a downside to this, however. Most of us are amateurs, and we make mistakes. Sometimes our enthusiasm gets the best of us, we make a recipe that we think is The Best Thing Ever, and then we never make it again. Other times, we accidentally leave a step or ingredient out. Blogging complicates things further. We’re making things from other blogs, and sometimes cooking becomes like playing a game of Telephone. One misunderstanding begets another misunderstanding, and pretty soon, we have a beautiful photograph, a great story, and a dish that’s just meh. When this happens to me, I blog about it anyway.

That’s why I think it’s only fair to tag the recipes on this blog that I’ve made over and over. They’re the ones I wouldn’t hesitate to serve to guests or take to a potluck. These are the recipes that I use as references when creating something new. They’re House Favorites.

I’ve gone back and tagged all of the recipes on this blog that qualify as House Favorites. If you make one of these, you can be sure that I’ve made it at least 3 times and don’t think it can be seriously improved upon (without turning it into something else entirely!).

This frittata* recipe from Vegan With a Vengeance was an instant House Favorite. It’s easy, filling, and goes perfectly with a crisp, green salad. I have cut it in half and added some spices to warm up the flavor. I also haven’t made the sauce in the original recipe after the first time. It was tasty, just not necessary.

*In Vegan With a Vengeance, this is called Revolutionary Spanish Omelet with Saffron and Roasted Red Pepper-Almond Sauce. Technically, frittatas are Italian while in Spain, this would be a tortilla. However, omelet and tortilla already mean different things at our house, and I didn’t feel like explaining the difference every time I made it. So, frittata it is!

House Favorite: Spanish Frittata with Saffron and Thyme

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 3 servings

Serving Size: 2 slices


  • 2 Yukon gold potatoes
  • 1 small onion
  • 2-3 tablespoons olive oil
  • a small pinch of saffron
  • about 2 tablespoons boiling water
  • 12 or 14-ounce package of medium-firm tofu
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon thyme
  • 1/8 teaspoon white pepper
  • pinch cayenne pepper


Preheat oven to 375 F. Slice potatoes 1/4 inch thick. Peel onion, cut in half, and slice as thinly as possible. Separate rings. Add 2 tablespoons oil to a large oven-proof skillet and toss potatoes and onions in the oil to coat. You will want to make sure there is a generous coating of oil remaining on the bottom of the skillet to keep the tofu mixture from sticking later; add more oil as necessary. Roast for 30-40 minutes, turning once or twice, until potatoes are lightly browned and cooked through.

In a small bowl, pour boiling water over saffron and allow to steep while you prepare the rest of the ingredients. In a food processor, combine tofu, garlic, nutritional yeast flakes, salt, thyme, both peppers and steeped saffron threads with the water. Puree until smooth.

Spoon tofu mixture onto the potatoes and onions. Using a spatula, flip the potatoes over several times until the tofu mixture and potatoes are evenly combined. Bake at 375 for about 40 minutes, until top is golden and tofu is set. (If doubling this, add 10-20 minutes to the cooking time.)

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