Saturday, April 19, 2014

Slow Cooker Frittata with Broccoli, Ham, and Swiss (Low-Carb, Gluten-Free)

Slow Cooker Frittata with Broccoli, Ham, and Swiss
An easy-to-make and delicious slow cooker frittata for brunch or lunch!

It feels like Easter has been on the back burner at my house, but I do have the excuse of having very cute houseguests for five days, an internet outage for a day, and a couple of days recovering from food poisoning!  Of course there are plenty of Easter menu ideas if you check the Easter Recipes, but I wanted to get this Slow Cooker Frittata with Broccoli, Ham, and Swiss posted just in case you're looking for a new idea for brunch, or have a surplus of eggs in the fridge after Easter.  This is my fourth time making a frittata in the slow cooker, and I'm a total convert to this method.   This time I added some texture by using thin strips of ham and cheese layered on top of the broccoli, and this one was eaten up pretty quickly at my house!

I used about 3 cups of small bite-sized pieces of broccoli.

Since you can cook right in the Ninja Cooker, I just brushed the bottom with a little olive oil and sauteed the broccoli for a few minutes.  (If you don't have a slow cooker with this feature, I would microwave the broccoli for about a minute or saute on the stove.)

I cut thin strips of ham and swiss cheese to add some texture to the dish.  (This is a trick I would definitely use again for a slow cooker egg dish.)

Layer the strips of ham and cheese over the broccoli.

Beat the eggs and pour them over the broccoli, ham, and cheese.  Season with Spike Seasoning and fresh ground black pepper.

Then take a fork and gently "stir" to get the ingredients evenly distributed.

Cook on LOW about 2 1/2 hours, or until the edges are pulling away from the sides and the top is completely set.  Eggs don't brown much in the slow cooker, so sprinkle over some thinly sliced green onions over for a pop of color and serve!


Slow Cooker Frittata with Broccoli, Ham, and Swiss
(Makes 6 large servings or 8 servings as part of a brunch buffet; recipe created by Kalyn.)

Equipment:
I used my 6 quart Ninja Cooker, but any 6 quart oval slow cooker will work.  If you're using a slow cooker with a crockery insert, spray very well with non-stick spray so the eggs don't stick.

Ingredients:
3 cups broccoli flowerets, cut in small bite-sized pieces
1 tsp. olive oil (for sauteeing broccoli)
6 oz. low-fat Swiss cheese, sliced into thin strips
6 oz. lean sliced deli ham, sliced into thin strips
1 tsp. Spike Seasoning (or use any all-purpose seasoning blend that's good on eggs)
fresh-ground black pepper to taste
12 eggs, well beaten
diagonally sliced green onions for garnish (optional, but recommended)

Instructions:
Cut up the broccoli into small bite-sized pieces.  Cut the Swiss cheese and ham into thin strips.  Break eggs into a bowl or large glass measuring cup and beat eggs well.

If you're using a Ninja Cooker, or other slow cooker that can saute, brush the cooker insert with the olive oil, heat to high, and saute the broccoli for 3-4 minutes, just until it barely starts to cook.  (If you don't have a slow cooker with this feature, cook the broccoli in the microwave on high for about 1 minute, or saute for a few minutes in a frying pan on the stove.  Also spray the slow cooker insert with non-stick cooking spray if you're not using the Ninja or another type of non-stick slow cooker.)

Layer the barely-cooked broccoli, ham, and cheese in the slow cooker.  Pour the beaten eggs over and season with Spike Seasoning (or another all-purpose seasoning blend) and fresh-ground black pepper to taste.  Use a fork to gently "stir" so the other ingredients are well-distributed in the eggs.

Cook on LOW for about 2 1/2 hours, or until the eggs are starting to pull apart from the side of the slow cooker and the top is completely set.  (The top won't brown in a slow cooker like it would if you cooked the eggs in the oven or on the stove.)  Cut frittata into pieces, arrange on a serving platter, and sprinkle with green onions; then serve.  

This will keep well in the fridge for several days and can be reheated in a microwave or wrapped in foil in a toaster oven.

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South Beach Suggestions:
It would be recommended to use low-fat cheese and lean ham as I did if you're making this for the  South Beach Diet, but with that caution, everything here is a low-glycemic ingredient and this would be suitable for any phase of the diet. 

Nutritional Information?
I chose the South Beach Diet to manage my weight partly so I wouldn't have to count calories, carbs, points, or fat grams, but if you want nutritional information for a recipe, I recommend entering the recipe into Calorie Count, which will calculate it for you.

More Easter-Worthy Frittatas You Might Like:
(Recipes from other blogs not always South Beach Diet friendly; check ingredients.)
Slow Cooker Frittata with Broccoli, Swiss, Cottage Cheese, and Parmesan ~ Kalyn's Kitchen
Easy Paleo Frittata ~ Nom Nom Paleo
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Kale and Mushroom Frittata ~ Confident Cook Hesitant Baker
Slow Cooker Frittata with Kale, Roasted Red Pepper, and Feta ~ Kalyn's Kitchen
Easy Vegetable Frittata ~ Vintage Mixer
Asparagus and Fresh Mozzarella Frittata with Parmesan and Chives ~ Kalyn's Kitchen
Lazy Sunday Broccoli Frittata ~ Girl Cooks World
Slow Cooker Frittata with Artichoke Hearts, Roasted Red Peppers, and Feta ~ Kalyn's Kitchen
Mushroom, Harissa, and Goat Cheese Frittata ~ The Shiksa in the Kitchen 
(Want even more recipes? I find these recipes from other blogs using Food Blog Search.)

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4 comments:

Giuliana Manca said...

L'aspetto è davvero invitante!!!

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

OK, the next dozen eggs that comes into my house will go directly to the slow cooker; I still haven't tried this method, but I will!

Kalyn Denny said...

Guiliana, thanks; glad you like it!

Lydia, I love how the slower cooking infuses the frittata with flavor. You must try it!

Pam said...

I think you've posted one of these before and I was going to try it. I need to have some sort of post it note system!

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