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Friday Food: Kale and Ricotta Cheese Frittata

Photo by Ben Dearly

We are finally almost settled into our new apartment after our move last month. As someone who likes to organize and put everything in its place, it has been a challenge to live out of boxes with two kids. My older daughter has has been asking to have her friends over so that they can see her new room, which was the perfect motivator this past month as we chipped away at the boxes and created a new space for our family. To celebrate we had some friends over last weekend for a playdate/brunch. I always associate eggs with brunch, but I wanted to mix up the omelet or scramble concept and make a frittata.

Since this was my very first fritta, I decided to locate a recipe on FoodandWine.com and instantly loved the combination of broccoli rabe and ricotta cheese as well as how easy it sounded. Unfortunately, I couldn’t locate broccoli rabe at my local grocery store, so I decided to use kale instead as well as some leeks that was a hit! My guests also loved the frittata, and I was really excited to try this again – maybe  next time with spinach, broccoli, or squash. Enjoy and happy brunching!

Kale and Ricotta Cheese Frittata – Recipe from FoodandWine.com

Ingredients:
3/4 pound broccoli rabe, tough stems removed – (I used kale)
9 eggs
3/4 cup ricotta (about 1/3 pound)
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan

Directions:
Heat the oven to 325°. In a large pot of boiling, salted water, cook the broccoli rabe until almost tender, about 3 minutes. Drain. Rinse the broccoli rabe with cold water and drain thoroughly. Cut the broccoli rabe into 2-inch lengths and set aside.

In a large bowl, beat the eggs with the ricotta and 1/4 teaspoon each of the salt and the pepper.
In a medium cast-iron or ovenproof nonstick frying pan, heat the oil over moderate heat. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the blanched broccoli rabe and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4teaspoon pepper and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes.

Evenly distribute the broccoli rabe in the pan and then add the egg mixture. Cook the frittata, without stirring, until the edges start to set, about 2 minutes. Sprinkle the Parmesan over the top and bake until firm, about 25 minutes.

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A writer and mom of two, Serena Norr is the managing editor of Momtrends. She is also the creator of Seriously Soupy, a website devoted to soup making. She also loves to write about healthy living, fashion, beauty and lifestyle topics on her blog Mama Goes Natural. She can be reached at serena@momtrends.com.