Yield: 6 servings
* 1 pound ham steak, from packaged meats case of market
* 1 tablespoon (1 turn around the pan) olive oil
* 2 tablespoons butter
* 12 extra large eggs
* 1/2 cup milk or half-and-half
* Salt and pepper
* 2 cups (8 to 10 ounces) Danish Fontina, shredded
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Trim any connective tissue and all fat off ham steak. Mince the meat
into very small bits and set aside.
Heat a 12-inch nonstick skillet with oven safe handle over moderate
heat. Add oil and 1 tablespoon butter to the skillet and coat sides
and bottom of pan evenly with melted butter and oil mixture. Add ham
bits to the pan and saute 3 minutes to brown them a bit and render
some of the moisture in the meat.
Whisk together eggs and milk or half-and-half. Break off tiny pieces
of remaining 1 tablespoon butter and drop them into beaten eggs.
Season eggs with a little salt and pepper and whisk again to combine.
Pour eggs into skillet over ham. Stir eggs gently to evenly distribute
bits of ham throughout the eggs.
As eggs set, lift up bottom skin that has formed and allow uncooked
eggs to settle. Keep doing this as eggs brown until the eggs begin to
set. Transfer the pan to the oven, and allow the frittata to cook 10
minutes, or until golden on top. Add a generous layer of shredded
fontina to the frittata and leave in oven another 3 to 5 minutes, or
until cheese is melted and begins to bubble and brown. Serve frittata
wedges directly from the skillet with a pie server.