MellowBellies Frittata

Recipe Author: Conne Ward Cameron

And here’s one more recipe for greens – a frittata. Bake it in a pie plate and cut into wedges for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner. Bake it in a square pan and cut into bite size pieces for a pre-dinner nibble. It’s good at room temperature, hot or cold, and accommodates whatever greens you want to put into it. The recipe will also accommodate whatever cheese you have on hand. It’s hard to go wrong here. I’ve included a method for steaming greens in the microwave. I prefer to do that instead of heating up the kitchen with lots of boiling water. But you should use whatever method you prefer.

Ingredients:

Greens, up to 6 cups, torn into bite-size pieces 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 cup chopped onion 8 ounces Italian sausage, optional 8 eggs 1/4 cup whipping cream or milk 1/2 teaspoon salt (use less if you're incorporating a really salty cheese) 1/2 teaspoon pepper 1 cup crumbled feta cheese, cottage cheese, goat cheese, or even cheddar

Preparation:

Serves 4 to 6 for dinner

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Lightly grease a glass pie plate or baking dish.

Wash greens and with water still clinging to the leaves, put the leaves in a two-quart heatproof measuring cup. Cover with a small square of waxed paper, pushed down to form a sort of lid. Put in microwave and heat at full power for about 4 minutes or until leaves have steamed and completely wilted. Drain off any water and set aside.

In a large skillet, heat olive oil and sauté onions until just translucent. Add sausage if using and cook until completely done.

In a large bowl, beat eggs with milk or cream. Add salt and pepper and cheese. Stir in greens and onion mixture. Pour into prepared dish. Bake until set in the center, maybe 45 to 55 minutes. Transfer to wire rack and cool 15 minutes, then invert onto a serving platter.

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