Monterey Frittata

by on January 22, 2006
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Monterey Frittata

Last night I decided to give myself time off for good behavior. After being on my feet all day, I did what people down through the centuries have done when they’re too tired to cook: ordered Middle Eastern food. Or at least that’s what our ancestors would have done if they’d known the joys of hummus, tabouli, baba ganoush, falafel, and lentil-rice dish thingy and had had the Mediterranean Grocery and Café right down the street. Alas, folks, it was not fat-free. Now you know: I’m human, too!

To make up for last night’s laziness, bright and early this morning (around 9) I got up and decided to cook breakfast. I’m not normally a breakfast person; a couple of pieces of fruit suit me just fine. And truth be told, a Monterey Frittata is complicated enough that I usually serve it for dinner. So don’t try this on a workday morning.

This vegan tofu frittata recipe was inspired by one on the back of the box of Fantastic Foods Tofu Scrambler. I’ve never been to Monterey, so I don’t know why this frittata is named after it, but I liked the sound and decided to keep the name. I used Tofu Scrambler for years before deciding to put together my own scrambler mix, so if you want to save time and use the bought version, you won’t hurt my feelings.

Frittata in pan

Monterey Frittata
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Serves: 4
  • 1 pound firm or extra-firm tofu, drained (NOT silken!)
  • 2 green onions, minced
  • 1 can sliced or quartered artichoke hearts, drained and rinsed
  • 1 tsp. minced garlic
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, diced
  • 10 button mushrooms, sliced (or mushrooms of choice)
  • 2 large roma tomatoes, sliced
  • vegan parmesan (optional)
  • black olives, sliced
Seasoning Mix (mix all together):
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/8 tsp. red pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. celery salt
  • 1/2 tsp. basil
  • 1/2 tsp. thyme
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. turmeric
  • 2 tsp. corn starch OR 2 tbsp. instant mashed potato flakes
Cheeze Sauce (based on a recipe by Bryanna Clark Grogan):
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. powdered garlic
  • 1/4 tsp. dry mustard
  • 1 tablespoon tahini
  1. Mash the tofu and add the seasoning mix, green onions, and artichokes. Set aside.
  2. Heat a tablespoon or so of water in a small non-stick saucepan; add the mushrooms, green peppers, and garlic and cook until the mushrooms exude their juices. Drain the liquid off, and add half the mushroom mixture to the tofu.
  3. Heat a large non-stick skillet to medium-high. Add the tofu, and stir and cook it for a couple of minutes. Then flatten it, pressing it evenly over the entire pan. Cover, reduce the heat to medium-low, and cook for about 10 minutes.
  4. While it’s cooking, make your Cheeze Sauce. Blend all ingredients together in a blender (I actually use a hand blender and do it right in the pan) and pour into a saucepan. Heat it at medium-high, stirring constantly, until it boils and thickens. Add enough water or plain soymilk (a couple of tablespoons) to make it just pour-able. Keep it warm until ready to use.
  5. Once the tofu is heated through, place the sliced tomatoes on top, and sprinkle the remaining mushroom mixture over them. (If you’d like, you can add vegan parmesan at this point, too.) Drizzle cheeze sauce over the top, using as much or as little as you’d like. (I use about 2/3 of the recipe and reserve the rest for another use.) Sprinkle black olives over the cheeze, replace the cover, and cook until the tomatoes are done (about 5 minutes). Slice carefully, and serve. Or better yet, put your feet up and have someone serve you!


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1 SusanV January 22, 2011 at 2:27 pm

Here are the comments that were lost when the blog was moved:

Blogger Isil S. said…

Your photo is so colourful and inspiring. It’s been a while,I haven’t eaten tofu. There was a jar of tofu in the pantry,I guess I’ll clean it up 😉

4:01 PM, January 22, 2006
Anonymous Anonymous said…

Hi – I’ve been loving your new blog. About the Monterey frittata – I think its called that because the artichoke capital of the world, Castroville, is right outside of Monterey. The recipe looks fantastic and I’m definitely going to try it.

5:49 PM, January 22, 2006
Anonymous AmKO said…

How do you get your pictures to look so professional? I’m compiling pictures of all my recipes and I’d like to make them look just as good…assuming they actually do look good 🙂 Thanks!

7:48 PM, January 22, 2006
Anonymous Evageline said…

Thanks! My bf is trying to go vegan but he loves eggs. I’ll make this for him to help convert him 🙂

8:22 PM, January 22, 2006
Blogger SusanV said…

Isil, I’ve never seen tofu in a jar! Here it’s in plastic containers in the refridgerator (well, mostly). I’d like to see that some time.

Denise, thanks for the info about Monterey. It definitely makes sense.

Amko, I’m so glad you like the photos! Here are my top three tips: 1–turn off the flash and set yourself up in a place with good light, preferably natural light; 2–get up close and use the close-up mode; 3–use a tripod to hold the camera steady. For more about taking photos, you can Google “food photography” and find lots of good info. Good luck!

Evangeline, I sure hope your boyfriend likes the recipe. We could use another vegan in the world! 🙂

10:56 PM, January 22, 2006
Anonymous Miriam said…

That looks absolutely delicious. I think eggs are gross, but during this pregnancy there’s been a few times where I wished I could sink my teeth into an omelete. *shudder* I’ll have to try this soon, with some modification. 🙂

8:00 AM, January 23, 2006
Blogger Harmonia said…

I’m still trying to “master” vegan cheese sauce…I’m having a hard time. If I can mess it up – I will. teehee

1:05 PM, January 23, 2006
Blogger SusanV said…

Hey Miriam, if you modify it, please let me know what you did. I’m always looking for new ideas.

Harmonia, I made a really terrible cheeze fondue the other day, so I’m no stranger to disasterous recipes. This one is pretty disaster-proof, though, so I hope you give it a try.

4:28 PM, January 23, 2006
Blogger rae said…

isn’t bryanna the best? i just love her recipes.

10:22 PM, January 23, 2006
Anonymous Jenny said…

Somehow we screwed this up and it turned out pretty runny. I was able to feed it to two of my non-veggie housemates anyway. I’ve been tofu shy in the past, but this was actually pretty good.

9:00 PM, January 19, 2008


2 Vikki February 26, 2011 at 3:08 pm

Just to say the link to the Bryanna Clark Grogan website doesn’t work any more. But I’m really looking forward to making this for myself – it would be really good to master a vegan omelette, and a cheeze sauce that really work.


3 Mary Weibling September 27, 2015 at 11:39 pm

Just to mention something about instant mashed potato flakes. I was reading the labels on some boxes the other day and there is milk in them.


4 Susan Voisin September 28, 2015 at 6:57 am

There may be milk in some brands, but not all. It’s always important to read the labels. 🙂


5 Christine H June 15, 2016 at 6:43 pm

Thanks Susan for this–the Monterey Frittata from the back of the scrambler package is a favorite of mine (and my DH and son-even though they don’t know it’s made with tofu!) — and of course I couldn’t find my recipe, nor a package with the recipe on the back. You saved me! Appreciate finding an old favorite!


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