Thursday, July 14, 2011

Garden Fresh Frittata with Zucchini, Chard, Kale and Basil

. . . plus eggs from my backyard chickens and fresh farmers market garlic from Claudia's Herbs.

Yesterday I picked the first two zucchini from our garden.  Now, that may be ho-hum to the rest of the northern hemisphere but to me, in my very coastal-cool-weather garden, it's something to crow about.

Chard and kale I've got growing out my ears.  Basil is slowly making its way to picking size.

The tomatoes?  Hmpf. Ask me in September.

This tasty frittata comes together quickly. The longest wait time is when it's in the oven, as it has to cook slowly to stay moist.

Eggs from my chickens, produce from my garden - how happy can one cook get?

Garden Fresh Frittata with Zucchini, Chard, Kale and Basil
Christine's original recipe
2 medium-small zucchini (green or yellow), sliced thin
4 cloves fresh garlic (see cook's notes), peeled, finely chopped
3-4 cups coarsely chopped chard and kale, stalks removed
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh basil
10 medium to large eggs (see cook's notes)
1 tablespoon water
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
butter and olive oil for the pan
Heat the oven to 325-degrees.
Using a 12-inch skillet over medium heat, sauté the zucchini in a small amount of butter and olive oil - about 1 teaspoon each - until beginning to soften.  Add the chopped garlic, salt and pepper to taste, and sauté, stirring, until just tender. Do not allow to burn. Remove from the pan and set aside.
Put the skillet back over the heat and toss in the chard and kale, stirring to sauté until wilted. Remove from the skillet and set aside - the greens should be dry; if they are not, drain them through a strainer.
Put about 1 teaspoon each of butter and olive oil in the skillet and place back over the heat on medium-low.
Beat the eggs with the water until fully broken up and creamy, add salt and pepper to your taste.
Pour the eggs into the skillet (if the eggs bubble and sputter, turn the heat down a bit) then add the zucchini and spread out evenly. Next, add the greens and spread evenly.
Sprinkle the basil over the top and push into the egg mixture a bit.
Put the skillet in the oven and cook for about 20 minutes or until a knife inserted into the center comes out clean.  Do not overcook or the frittata will be dry.
Remove from the oven, let cool for a few minutes. Serve and enjoy.

Fresh garlic is still moist both outside and in. The skins peel easily and the garlic clove is very white. I hope you're lucky enough to have some growing or can get some from your local farmers market.

My hens' eggs range from small to jumbo. When I use them for a dish such as this, I mix the sizes so it all comes out to about "large" - so use large eggs for this.

I don't use much salt these days, if at all, which is why I don't give measurements so please salt away, or not, as you wish.  I will encourage you to use natural sea salt (the gray kind that is somewhat moist) as that seems to be the most healthy.  I use Telicherry peppercorns in my pepper mill.

Photos of my vegetable garden may be seen on my garden blog, Raven Ridge Gardens.

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  1. Sounds delicious! I'll be going to the Farmers Market here this afternoon so I can get the ingredients and and treat myself with this! Thanks for the recipe!


  2. Oh yes, this looks like the perfect summer supper, paired with a tomato salad. I'm bookmarking.

  3. Oh yes, this is right up my alley.

  4. Thank you, Sylvia. I hope you find all the ingredients you need. Gotta love those farmers markets!

    Hi Lydia. If only I had tomatoes to make a salad. :( No one has garden tomatoes here yet, not even farmers market tomatoes. We have to wait until August and September for those.

    Hi Kalyn, my friend. Thank you. It's good to be back on the cooking blog.

  5. This really looks and sounds delicious. I love all the greenery in there. Kudos to your chickens, too, for their eggs.

  6. Thank you dear Paz. Remember that you can visit the chickens anytime. :)

  7. Nothing like making a dish with ingredients from your own garden and yard. I am envious about the zucchini, of course, but I have decided to stick to chard and kale. Still waiting for some signs of life where I dropped seeds. I love fresh garlic: it's so full of life!

  8. Having your own fresh eggs,how lucky can you be! My friends in Seattle have chickens running around and what fun it is to have those fresh eggs on hand. The growing season in the nw was really strange this year~seemed summer came in at the end of August! I am going to forward this post so they have the recipe when all their veggies decide to come to full term!


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