From the Farm: Recipes

Broccoli and Goat Cheese Frittata

FOUND IN: on January 06, 2013

One of my favorite ways to insure that we eat a good breakfast during the week is to prepare a frittata on the week-end. Today mine will have broccoli and winter onions, because that's what I have on hand. It could as easily be spinach or roasted root vegetables or sausage, peppers and onions. I make this in a cast iron skillet, but any deep saute pan will do.

Yield: 8 portions

Preheat oven to 325 F

  • 1 dozen large eggs, scrambled
  • 1 - 2 Tbs minced fresh chervil or  parsley, to taste
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 Tbs Olive oil
  • 1/2 sweet onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 bunch green onions, green and white parts separated, thinly sliced
  • 1 bunch broccoli, stems thinly sliced or diced, florets separated
  • 1/4 cup chicken stock or water
  • 2 - 4 oz goat cheese, crumbled or cut into olive-sized blobs (can substitute feta or even white cheddar, if you prefer)

Combine the fresh herbs, green parts of the green onions and seasonings with the eggs and set aside.

Heat the saute pan over medium heat until it feels warm when you hover your hand over it. Add the olive oil and turn the pan to coat well. Add the sweet onions, garlic, and the white parts of the green onion to the pan and let cook 2 - 3 minutes.

Add the broccoli stems and let them cook another 2  minutes, or until slightly tender. Then add the broccoli florets and the 1/4 cup stock or water. Bring to a simmer, put a lid on the pan, reduce the heat and let this steam about 2 minutes. Remove the lid and let any excess liquid evaporate. Distribute the goat cheese evenly over the mixture in the pan.

Pour the egg mixture over the hot vegetable mixture. Turn the pan gently to make sure the egg mixture has evenly distributed and that the vegetables are buried in the egg mixture. Slide the pan into the preheated oven. Cook for about 20 minutes. Watch carefully because the time will vary depending on the depth of your pan and the material it is made of. The frittata is done as soon as the center is set and does not jiggle when shaken.

You can serve this immediately, sliced in wedges. It makes great left-overs for a quick breakfast when reheated and travels well.

Variations: a little bacon never hurts; all sorts of left-over sauteed or roasted vegetables can be added or used as the main event, as well as sun-dried tomatoes, olives, and mushrooms. If you use fresh tomatoes, either roast them ahead of time to dry them out or  dice them, add a little salt and saute over high heat to remove most of the juice before adding the eggs.

From the Farm: Recipes

Roasted Root Vegetables

FOUND IN: Entree, Sides on December 15, 2012

Nothing is easier than roasting vegetables, and when I am pressed for time and find myself with too many vegetables, it is my go-to solution. Once roasted, they have so many uses that I am always happy to have a large batch and none ever go to waste. Choose as many of these root vegetables as you like, or only one.

  • Beets
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Parsnips
  • Turnips
  • Rutabagas
  • Carrots
  • Onions
  • Garlic Cloves, whole
  • Olive Oil
  • Sherry vinegar (or rice or white wine vinegar)
  • Rosemary, fresh, optional (don't use dried here)

Here's the method: Choose any or all of the above vegetables. Preheat oven to 375. Prep time: 10 minutes. Cooking time: 30 minutes, approximately.

Peel the vegetables, cut them into rather large pieces and as similar in size and shape as possible. I.e., if beets are small, I half them, but if large I quarter or cut in eights, so that all pieces cook evenly. With parsnips or carrots, I cut them on the diagonal in 1/2" wide pieces, etc. Cutting large pieces saves time, too.

In a large, wide bowl, put 2 TBS olive oil, 1 TB sherry vinegar (or substitute), 1 tsp kosher salt and a few grinds of black pepper. Swish this around a little, then add in all of the vegetables  and lightly toss them together until coated. Pour the coated vegetables into a large roasting pan, add a branch of fresh rosemary and put into the oven. Set a timer for 15 minutes.

After 15 minutes, drizzle about a tsp of honey over the vegetables and add 1 TB butter. Stir the vegetables gently. The butter and honey are to help give them a crisp, brown skin, not to over-sweeten them. By themselves, the vegetables are plenty sweet, so don't overdo it.  Check every 5 to 10 minutes until the vegetables are nicely browned and pierce easily with a knife.

What to do with them?

  • Serve them as-is, with any roasted meat, poultry or fish. Having these in the fridge makes dinner so easy!
  • Serve them as an entree with cooked greens or a salad. (So satisfying that you will not miss the meat.)
  • While warm, puree some of them, add vegetable or chicken stock, season and create a hearty soup. Serve with crusty bread. Hint: if you are planning to puree them, don't roast them too brown.
  • A puree of roasted vegetables makes an elegant side dish, or sauce, with thinly sliced pork or beef.
  • Let them cool slightly and arrange them over tender winter salad greens for an unusual and delicious salad. Dress with a little more vinegar and olive oil.
  • Slide them into a crusty roll with a slice of left over meatloaf, tomato sauce and sliced mozzarella, wrap in foil and heat. Lunch!