We logged over 900 miles on our poor car over the weekend, driving from LA to meet up with family in Lake Tahoe, CA. All told, total casualties amounted to an incalculable number of bugs that bravely died on our windshield, and ironically, our windshield, which suffered a major crack from a rock somewhere near dusty Visalia, giving our car a slightly neglected and seedy look as we cruised up the state.
Sitting in a car for hours on end is daunting, eating fast food for every meal is borderline suicidal, so you can imagine that when we pulled into Placerville, a town east of Tahoe, for a pick-me-up, how happy I was to find real food I could easily take on the road.
The sweet potato frittata from Cuppa Coffee & More was good. Seriously good. So good in fact that I had to take a pic and tweet about it, then plot on how to recreate it at home. My version uses egg whites and light feta, making these sweet little frittatas low fat, but still full of flavor from the loads of diced sweet potatoes and sautéed leeks. They’re topped off with a smoky, spicy kick from the homemade chili sauce I call “Hangtown Chili Sauce” as an homage to Placerville’s original name, and its more colorful past as a gold rush mining town.
Here is my version of Cuppa Coffee’s fantastic frittata, but lightened up and made bite-size and totally addictive. Serve them hot, cold, or at room temp. They make a great light lunch, or dinner served with a simple salad—which is what I did here—arugula with lemon vinaigrette (1 part lemon juice, 3 parts extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper), classic. If low fat isn’t your thing, then just use whole eggs, but decrease the amount to 10 eggs. Want meat? Toss in some crumbled smoky, crisped bacon for a more “manly” meal.
Sweet Potato Egg White Mini Frittatas with Hangtown Chili Sauce, give it a try. Seriously, it’s a good combo.
Sweet Potato Egg White Mini Frittatas with Hangtown Chili Sauce
Inspired by Cuppa Coffee & More, Placerville, CA
Yields: 12 mini frittatas
Special equipment: 12-cup muffin tin
- 12 egg whites, beaten (including 1 whole egg)
- 2 cups sweet potato, cut into 1/4” dice
- 1 cup leeks, finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon fresh thyme
- 2 oz. light feta cheese, crumbled
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- Olive oil cooking spray
- Sea salt and pepper to taste
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Heat the extra virgin olive oil in a large sauté pan over med-high heat. Once hot add the diced sweet potatoes and season with sea salt and pepper. Cook until slightly browned and beginning to get tender, about 10 minutes. Next, add the chopped leeks and season again with sea salt and pepper. Stir and continue cooking until leeks begin to soften, about 2 minutes. Add the fresh thyme and reduce heat and continue cooking until all veggies are tender.
Meanwhile, in large bowl, beat the eggs together and season with sea salt and pepper. Add the veggies to the eggs and mix to combine. Next, crumble in the feta cheese
Spray olive oil cooking spray in each muffin cup, making sure to coat them well. Ladle out the egg mixture to fill each muffin cup about ¾ full. Bake in the oven for approximately 15 minutes, or until the frittatas are just set.
Hangtown Chili Sauce
- 12 oz. jar of Homemade Chili Sauce (you can find this brand at most major supermarkets)
- 2 chipotle peppers with 1 teaspoon of adobo sauce from the can
- 6 dashes of Tabasco sauce
- 6 dashes of Worcestershire Sauce
- 1 tablespoon of water
Really this is a bastardized ketchup recipe with attitude.
This is my attempt to create the gorgeous chili sauce from Cuppa Coffee. I’ve tried to replicate the flavors here with this recipe, albeit, it’s not quite the same, but darn it’s good. Use in any place you would normally use ketchup—which is now totally boring by comparison.
Blitz all ingredients together in a blender (or use an immersion blender, which is what I did) and serve with frittatas. If the mixture is too thick for your liking, add a bit more water to help loosen. This is a very adaptable recipe, if you even want to call it that. Add more or less Tabasco and chipotles to suit your spice level.
*In case anyone was really worried, our car now has a shiny new windshield ready for more trips up the highway.