Perfect for Brunch: Kale and Goat Cheese Fritatta Cups

The link below is to the original recipe on TheKitchn, I copied it as is, I didn’t need to change a thing!  And I will be making these for the next big group brunch, they are perfect for sharing : – )

Photo credit: Megan Gordon

Photo credit: Megan Gordon

Kale and Goat Cheese Fritatta Cups 
I always use lacinato kale for this recipe, but you could really use any leafy green you’d like. And since you’ll have kale stems leftover, why not reserve them for a stir fry later in the evening?

Makes 8 individual cups

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups chopped kale
  • 1 garlic clove, thinly sliced
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoons red pepper flakes
  • 8 large eggs
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Dash ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 cup goat cheese, crumbled

Procedure:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. To get 2 cups kale, remove the leaves from the kale ribs. Wash and dry the leaves and cut them into 1/2-inch-wide strips.
  2. In a 10-inch nonstick skillet, cook the garlic in 1 tablespoon of oil over medium-high heat for 30 seconds. Add the kale and red pepper flakes and cook until wilted, 1 to 2 minutes.
  3. In a medium bowl, beat the eggs with the salt and pepper. Add the kale and thyme to the egg mixture.
  4. Using a 12-cup muffin tin, use the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil to grease 8 of the cups (you may also use butter if you’d prefer). Sprinkle the tops with goat cheese. Bake until they are set in the center, about 25 to 30 minutes.
  5. Frittata is best eaten warm from the oven or within the next day, but leftovers can be kept refrigerated and reheated for up to a week.

Wonder Bread?

My sister found this recipe on the blog BabyGranny under the name of “Oopsie Bread” and it seemed pretty strange so of course I had to try it.  And I had to change the recipe up just a bit.  The original recipe calls for cream cheese and I used goat chevre instead.

Here’s how my ‘Wonder Bread’ came out:  kinda egg-y, kinda awesome!  I used farm eggs that were, in retrospect, probably much larger than the ones used in the original recipe, our bread was more yellow and more egg-licious.  On Christmas morning Elise and I made fried egg and bacon breakfast sandwiches with this bread, which is really just baked eggs and cheese.  So it was more of a cheese with egg and egg and bacon sandwich.  I don’t need to tell you it was wicked yummy.

A 'wonder bread' breakfast snadwich with Mangalisa bacon and our neighbors eggs, Happy Christmas morning!

A ‘wonder bread’ breakfast sandwich with Mangalitsa bacon and our neighbors eggs, Happy Christmas morning!

Ingredients:

  • 3 eggs
  • 3 ounces goat chevre, cold
  • 1/8 teaspoon Cream of Tartar

Procedure for 8 rounds:

Pre-heat oven to 350 and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

Separate the eggs.  Beat the egg whites and Cream of Tartar until stiff peaks form.

Beat egg yolks and cold cheese until semi-smooth.

Now gently fold the egg whites into the egg yolk mixture.

Mound or pipe mixture onto cookie sheet.  We spooned the batter onto the parchment making the rounds as uniform as possible.

Bake at 350 for about 20-30 minutes or until brown.

Please post what you did with your Wonder Bread!!  I’m thinking a burger would be good.  Or a sprout and avocado sandwich.

Pesto Pizza

The barbed wire on the top really adds to the over all effect: Welcome to Greenpoint, kinda.

I took this photo on my last trip to NYC.  There is a block long wall topped with barbed wire that greets you as you leave the ferry dock and enter Greenpoint, Brooklyn.  This mural was my favorite piece of art along the wall.  My trips to NY are always filled with new experiences and plenty of new ideas for recipes based on the things I eat, the menus I read and the street food that seems to be on every corner.  This past trip I came back craving pizza and so, here’s my version, made with a thin, crispy flax crust and topped with fresh garden pesto, Kalamata olives, goat chevre and grated Romano.

For the Pizza Crust

Make up a batch of flax dough, from my previous recipe for flax crackers and flax bread.

Roll the flax dough out in an even, thin sheet, between two well greased pieces of parchment paper, the third method in the flax cracker post.  Make whatever shape you like, I tried to go with a round-ish shape.

Par-bake the crust, after piercing it all over with a fork, at 400 degrees for about 10 minutes.  The dough should be set up but not too crispy.

For the Toppings

For my pizza I chose a base of freshly made pesto, here are a few suggestions!

And added halved Kalamata olives, fresh, soft goat cheese and shaved Romano cheese.

Have fun and get creative, use whatever toppings and cheese you have on hand.

Bake the finished pizza in the oven at 350 for an additional 5 to 10 minutes, until the edges are crispy and the cheese is melted and starting to brown.

Slice and serve with a big green salad.

Pesto pizza and garden salad, dinner is served!

Comfort Food: Goat Cheese Greens

Greens chopped into fettuccine sized slices.

The idea here is to use a whole bunch of greens, sliced into fat ribbons, and then combine them with some creamy, cheesy goodness for a dish that’s similar to mac n cheese but with way more nutrients, minerals, vitamins, fiber, good fats and all that other stuff your body gets from green food!  I used to love cooking pasta and dressing it up with olive oil, grated cheese, hot pepper flakes and lots of garlic.  In retrospect, the pasta was just a vehicle for the seasonings and cheese so why not replace it with the one food most missing from American diets?  Why not indeed!

Ingredients:

A big bunch of sturdy greens like collards or the leaves from your broccoli, romanesco or brussels sprouts plants.   Strip the leaves from the stems, stack the leaves and slice into fettuccine sized ribbons.

Olive oil, enough to saute all your greens

a clove or three of mashed or minced garlic

and any or all of these flavorful, medicinal seasonings: hot peppers, fennel, garlic salt, sea salt, black pepper, paprika smokey or hot, all to taste

Fresh goat cheese, get it local at Berkshire Organics or the Berkshire Co-op Market

So happy to have time to cook more and relax more after a very busy three weeks.

Procedure: 

Heat the olive oil in your cast iron skillet on medium heat, add your garlic and any whole spices you are using like the hot pepper flakes and the fennel seeds.

Before the garlic starts to brown, add in all your pretty green ribbons and saute til wilted and cooked through.

Add salt to taste and any powdered spices you are using, like paprika.

When the greens are cooked to your liking and you’ve adjusted the seasonings, serve the greens and top with as much goat cheese as you like.  Mix it well, it will melt instantly on the hot greens and make a creamy sauce, kinda like mac n cheese but with out the gluey macaroni and unsettling powdered ‘cheese’.  Top with some hot sauce or sriracha if you need extra heat.  Isn’t it comforting to know that your comfort food is really nourishing?

Comfort food can be green and good for you too!

Crunchy Kale Salad

I found this salad at The Biscuit in Somerville last weekend while my family and I were in town for my sisters college graduation.  I had this for brunch and it was so simply delightful.  Kale salad is great traveling food since the greens and onions get softer and the flavors meld together the longer they sit before serving.  So I got one to go for the car ride back to the Berkshires.  And when we got home I used the list of ingredients on the container to make my own version.

A big healthy serving of greens, no cooking required!

Ingredients for two large portions:

1 ½ bunch of kale, ribs removed, ripped into bit size pieces

2 T olive oil

1 carrot, grated

Handful of thinly sliced purple onion

2-3 ounces chevre, soft goat cheese

For the dressing:

2 T olive oil

2 T spicy brown mustard

1 T lemon juice

1 garlic clove, mashed or pressed

Salt to taste

First, using your hands, massage 2 Tablespoons of olive oil and some salt into the ripped kale pieces.  The more you work the oil into the kale, the better.  The oil makes the kale soft, flavorful and easier to digest.  Add the onion and carrot and goat cheese and toss to combine.  Set aside and make the dressing.

For the dressing put all the ingredients into a bowl and whisk to combine. Add the dressing to the kale salad and toss to coat evenly.  Eat now or set some aside for later, this salad gets better with time and is great to make ahead for lunch or travel food!

Sprouts and Sandwiches

Flax bread with avocado, home-grown sprouts and hot sauce, of course.

This post is a serving suggestion for my flax bread recipe.  We just made our fist batch of sprouts and I was super excited to try them on a sandwich, which is something I have not eaten in years!

Two pieces of flax bread + slices of ripe avocado + lots of sprouts + mayo + hot sauce = one awesome sandwich!

Another sandwich idea?  Ok!  How about…

Grated carrot + soft goat cheese + sprouts + thin sliced onion?  Yup, that is also delicious.

Carrots add a little sweetness and crunch to balance out the tangy goat cheese.

You can take your favorite salad combination and pile it up on flax bread and, hey, look at you, eating a sandwich like regular folks.  Also, sprouts are super easy to make at home and they are packed with vital nutrients, here’s a great how to for growing your own!

Frittata With Grated Zucchini, Goat Cheese and Dill

Frittata with grated zucchini, goat cheese and dill, thanks New York Times!

I found this on the New York Times Fitness and Nutrition page and love the idea of shredding zucchini and pairing it with goat cheese and dill!  Goat cheese is so delicious when it’s all warm and gooey and on my dinner plate.  This is a whole meal and makes a great brunch, dinner or snack.  We usually make a large frittata for dinner and then enjoy the leftovers the next day for lunch.  The leftovers are good cold or reheated on the stove.

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1 pound zucchini, grated (4 cups grated zucchini)

2 garlic cloves, minced

Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

8 eggs

2 ounces goat cheese, crumbled (about 1/2 cup)

1/4 cup chopped fresh dill

1. Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil over medium heat in a 10-inch, heavy nonstick skillet. Add the zucchini. Cook, stirring, until the zucchini begins to wilt, about two minutes. Stir in the garlic. Cook for another minute or until the zucchini has just wilted — it should still be bright green. Season to taste with salt and pepper, and remove from the heat.

2. Beat the eggs a large bowl with the goat cheese. Add salt and pepper, and stir in the zucchini and the dill.

3. Clean and dry the pan, and return to the burner, set on medium-high. Heat the remaining tablespoon of olive oil in the skillet. Drop a bit of egg into the pan; if it sizzles and cooks at once, the pan is ready. Pour in the egg mixture. Tilt the pan to distribute the eggs and filling evenly over the surface. Shake the pan gently, tilting it slightly with one hand while lifting up the edges of the frittata with the spatula in your other hand, to let the eggs run underneath during the first few minutes of cooking.

4. Turn the heat to low, cover and cook 10 minutes, shaking the pan gently every once in a while. From time to time, remove the lid, tilt the pan and loosen the bottom of the frittata with a wooden spatula so that it doesn’t burn. The bottom should have a golden color. The eggs should be just about set; cook a few minutes longer if they’re not.

5. Meanwhile, heat the broiler. Uncover the pan and place under the broiler, not too close to the heat, for one to three minutes, watching very carefully to make sure the top doesn’t burn (at most, it should brown very slightly and puff under the broiler). Remove from the heat, and shake the pan to make sure the frittata isn’t sticking. Allow it to cool for at least five minutes and for as long as 15 minutes. Loosen the edges with a wooden or plastic spatula. Carefully slide from the pan onto a large round platter. Cut into wedges or into smaller bite-size diamonds. Serve hot, warm, at room temperature or cold.

Yield: Six servings.

Note: For four servings, use the same recipe but reduce the number of eggs to six.

Advance preparation: In Mediterranean countries, flat omelets are served at room temperature, which makes them perfect do-ahead dishes. They’ll keep in the refrigerator for a few days, and they make terrific lunchbox fare.

Nutritional information per serving: 192 calories; 5 grams saturated fat; 2 grams polyunsaturated fat; 7 grams monounsaturated fat; 258 milligrams cholesterol; 3 gramscarbohydrates; 1 gram dietary fiber; 134 milligrams sodium (does not include salt to taste); 12 grams protein

Martha Rose Shulman is the author of “The Very Best of Recipes for Health.”

Her original recipe is here!

I wanted to try this recipe out but realized I didn’t have dill or zucchini so we used kale and parsley instead…basically you can make a frittata with any combination of vegetables, herbs and cheese or meat.  Here’s how mine came out:

Frittata with goat cheese, kale, onions and parsley

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