With fresh eggs and fresh chard in abundance, it seemed a great time to make one of our favorite weekend breakfast, or week day dinner treats... a frittata. Frittatas are one of those wonderful quick concoctions that works with a wide range of ingredients. If you have eggs and some fresh greens or vegetables, you've likely got the fixings for a good frittata. Cheese, garlic, onions, shallots, herbs and spices can be mixed and added to suit what produce you've got on hand.
Frittata for Two:
(This makes a hearty breakfast for two, or a respectable lighter meal for four. )
1 large bunch swiss chard, stems removed
3 med. cloves garlic
6 -8 white button mushrooms
Parmesan, or other cheese
Pinch of marjoram
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Crack the for eggs into a bowl and beat together with a fork incorporating a pinch of salt, fresh group pepper and marjoram. Using a large, seasoned cast iron skillet on medium heat add a little olive oil and a good pat of butter. Saute the mushrooms for a few minutes, and then add the garlic. Within a minute or so, before the garlic starts to brown add the chard to wilt. The moisture from the leaves should be enough to keep the garlic from browning. As soon as the chard is wilted (1-2 minutes) spread the ingredients even across the bottom. You may need to add another pat of butter or a little oil to make sure that the eggs don't stick to the pan. Pour the eggs over top. Do not stir!! Let cook for a minute or so until eggs are set on the bottom. Quickly remove from heat and grate a little parmesan on top. Place the skillet into the oven on the middle rack. Keeping careful watch, remove from the oven once the eggs have fully set (about 5-7 minutes). Let cool for a minute and use a spatula to cut down the middle of the pan. Plate up with fresh warm bread, oven fries, or fried potatoes.
Now I just have to figure out what to do with the enormous bag of chard stems I couldn't bring my self to toss out! Chard stem and carrot soup?? hmm...I don't know...