Zucchini Frittata

Ingredients

3 tablespoons olive oil

4 medium zucchini (about 1 ⅓ pounds), rinsed, trimmed, shredded, and squeezed dry (see illustrations 1 and 2, below)

2 medium cloves garlic, minced

1 - 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley leaves, tarragon, basil, or mint

6 large eggs

3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

2 teaspoons

Method

A shredding and drying technique is the best choice when you are pressed for time and want to cook zucchini indoors. Use any fresh herb on hand, varying the amount depending on its intensity. For instance, use two tablespoons of basil, parsley, or chives but just one tablespoon of oregano, thyme, or tarragon. 

1. Shred trimmed zucchini on large holes of a box grater or in a food processor fitted with the shredding disk. Wrap shredded zucchini in towels and squeeze out excess liquid. Remove zucchini from towel, place in medium bowl and set aside.

2. Heat 3 tablespoons oil in 10-inch (preferably nonstick) skillet over medium-high heat. Add zucchini and garlic; cook, stirring occasionally, until zucchini is tender, about 7 minutes. Stir in herbs and salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.

3. Heat broiler. Beat six large eggs with 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese in medium bowl. Stir fully cooked zucchini mixture into eggs. Heat additional teaspoons oil in the now empty skillet over medium heat. Add zucchini-egg mixture; cook until frittata is almost set, 4 to 5 minutes. Slide skillet under broiler and cook until frittata is set and top is browned. Do not let frittata burn. Flip onto serving plate. Serve hot or at room temperature.

Serves 4

Decadent Diner Style Omelet with Caramelized Onion, Swiss Chard and Sausage

Ingredients

Filling

Sausage

- ½ lb mild or hot breakfast sausage

Caramelized Onion

- 1 cup chopped onion

- 2 TBSP water

- 1 tsp brown sugar

Swiss Chard

-1 bundle Swiss chard, de-stemmed and sliced thin

- ¼ tsp sea salt

Omelet

-  2 TSBP butter cut into ½ inch cubes

-  5 large eggs, room temperature

-   ¼ tsp. salt

-   2 TBSP olive oil

-   ½ cup shredded white cheddar cheese

 

Method

1.    Heat oven to 400 degrees. (this step is only necessary if you plan to finish off the omelet in the oven. Some people may choose to flip omelet and cook completely on skillet. If you are one of these daring souls, then you have no need for a heated oven.)

2.   FILLING: Cook sausage in 10 inch skillet over medium heat, making sure to break up with wooden spoon so that sausage bits are crumbled, until browned, about 6 minutes. Transfer to paper towel-lined plate.

3.   In same pan, add onions and water to fat left in skillet and cook over medium heat, stirring often, until onion is soft and beginning to brown, about 12 minutes. Add brown sugar and stir to combine. Scrape bottom of pan with wooden spoon (you may want to add about a TBSP extra water as you scrape bottom.) Cook for 10 minutes more.

4.   Add Swiss chard and sea salt. Stir. When chard wilts a bit and brightens in color, add sausage back into the mix. Stir to combine. Set aside.

5.   OMELET: With a wire whisk, whisk eggs. Add butter cubes and salt. Stir gently.

6.     Over medium low heat, heat olive oil in 10 inch oven safe nonstick skillet. Add eggs and cook until edges are nearly set, 2 to 3 minutes.( If you are brave, you may flip omelet over and sprinkle with cheese, continuing to cook for another few minutes. Then move to step 8)

7.     Top with cheese and bake eggs until edges are set about 3 to 4 minutes.  CAREFULLY remove skillet from oven.

8.     Transfer to plate and add filling. Fold over to make a half moon. Cut omelet in half and serve.

Serves 2

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