Apple and Cheese Frittata with Wine Pairing-Sauvignon Blanc, Champagne

Friday is upon us and you know what that means, yet another opportunity to try out some great recipes in the kitchen compliments of Katherine Pontius. Since it’s Father’s Day this weekend, you may want to surprise dad with a little breakfast or brunch in bed.

This week I gave you a frittata recipe. Now I know I gave you one in the past, but this recipe uses fruit instead of vegetables. It is still considered a savory dish though because we are using a sharp cheddar with it. The recipe also calls for fresh thyme and lots of eggs. You can serve it alone, with a salad for a nice light lunch, or with a chicken sausage for breakfast.

It’s a super easy recipe with simple to find ingredients that can be found all year round, and won’t break the bank. So splurge on the wine instead.

To go with this simple and delicious dish, you have the choice of a Sauvignon Blanc or a sparkling wine/Champagne wine pairing. The recipe calls for a sharp white cheddar cheese. When pairing with this type of cheese you want to use an oaky or woodier Sauvignon Blanc, not one that was aged in say steel barrels. If you aren’t a fan of sharp cheese and would rather use a mild cheddar, pair that with an unwooded white.

Rule of thumb: Think of less sharp cheese with the less wood flavor. Another perfect pair for this dish is a sparkling wine or Champagne; because of the fruit and cheese combination it makes for a great match when served together. Plus it makes a simple meal into a special one.

So take some time to cook a little something this weekend for dad, or yourself, or whoever wants to eat your yummy food. And as always Happy Cooking.
Katherine Pontius

Recipe – Apple and Cheddar Frittata
8 large eggs, plus 2 egg whites
1 cup grated white cheddar cheese
1 Tblspn butter or olive oil
2 gala apples, peeled, cored and sliced 1/8 in thick lengthwise
2 tspn fresh thyme, chopped
salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 450.  In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, eggs whites, thyme ahd
half the cheese, season with salt and pepper.  In an ovenproof skillet/pan, heat butter over medium heat.  Add egg mixture.  While cooking, arrange the apple slices on top.  Sprinkle with remaining cheddar.  Transfer the pan to the oven, and cook until the center of the frittata is set, and the cheese is brown, about 20 minutes. Remove pan and allow to rest 3-5 minutes before cutting into wedges.  Serve.

Wine PairingBecause of the cheese and apple combination, here is an oaky Sauvignon Blanc and a Champagne.

Bargain – $11.99 – Arboledo Sauvignon Blanc – 2005

Splurge – $21.99 – Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc – 2006

Bargain – $17.99 Roederer Estate Anderson Valley Brut

Splurge – $59.99 Pol Roger Vintage Brut 1998

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