Frittata with Chevre and Caramelized Onions

We’ve had backyard chickens in Seattle for more than a decade now.  I kind of like to think that we had city chickens before having city chickens was a thing.  (Now everyone has chickens here; you have to get backyard goats to have any urban farming cred.  J says we’re not getting goats.)  I’m sure Seattle has a home and garden tour somewhere, but I’m also sure that it’s nowhere near as popular as the city’s annual Chicken Coop Tour.

At the moment we have just three hens: Ducky, Feather, and Feather.  Lately one of the Feathers has been acting upon a likely-well-intentioned but completely misguided plan to hatch a nestfull of eggs, except that we kept taking her eggs away and, ahem, with no rooster in flock the eggs had exactly zero chance of hatching anyway.

Feather was petulant about the situation and hunkered down in one of the nesting boxes for weeks.  She would not be stirred, unless I would let her into the garden to eat my tomatoes, in which case she happily abandoned her maternal duties and left the nest for hours at a time.  Luckily Feather has abandoned her dreams of motherhood and we are getting a few eggs again (broody hens don’t lay).

Let us celebrate with a frittata.

You made a big batch of caramelized onions and froze some, right?  If not, just throw a few thinly-sliced onions in your pan over high heat and cook them until they have softened and sweetened and proceed from there.  I also like this recipe with a few leeks in place of the onions.Frittata with Chevre and Caramelized Onions: Whisk eight eggs with a few generous pinches of salt and pepper and a good splash of milk.  Stir in 1 1/2 c. caramelized onions and a good handful of chopped parsley.  Heat an ovenproof skillet over medium heat, pour in a glug of olive oil, then add the eggs.  Cook undisturbed until the edges are set, then dollop chevre all over the top and transfer to a 375 degree oven to finish cooking.  Alternatively, you can just leave the frittata on the stovetop, browing the top under the broiler at the very end if desired.

Other Favorite Frittatas:
Pound of Greens Frittata
Smoky Cauliflower Frittata

15 thoughts on “Frittata with Chevre and Caramelized Onions

    1. emmycooks Post author

      Oh, to be in the middle of goat cheese country! But I am lucky and have a connection to some excellent goat cheese myself. :) And I know, eight eggs is crazy! But I like to make big frittatas to have some leftover to slice into sandwiches the following day.

  1. Sarah

    You were a chicken hipster? ;-) Hehheh…couldn’t resist that!
    We have been talking about raising chickens, I did that as a child. It can be very rewarding – but I love how yours wasn’t happy unless he got your tomatoes!

  2. kristina

    Your chickens named Feather remind me of my childhood pets, Froggy and Mr. Froggy.

    I suspect that your chickens are much more productive than Froggy and Mr. Froggy, who, while entertaining, never provided me with anything to eat…

    Can’t wait to try this frittata, freezing caramelized onions is really clever.

  3. A Table in the Sun

    Chickens are SO funny. I loved reading about your broody hen. Our “girls” sure aren’t earning their keep right now. They think it’s too hot to lay…..or they are still traumatized by the visit from a fox…..or they are too busy eyeing the new flock of girls….or the angle of the sun is wrong….

  4. growandresist

    I love that you have chickens with the same name =) Are yours the same kind? I have 2 sets of same-named hens. (a pair of buff orpingtons and a pair of black australorps). No one is currently broody…but we are in full on molt with at least 1/2 our flock. They look awful!
    And, I now want a frittata!


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