We’re on the cusp of summer right now, halfway between the austerity of winter vegetables and the abundance right around the corner. Around this time of year, my thinking about food gets all muddled up. In the colder months, we fall into a routine of planning meals, then going to the grocery store with our carefully composed list. There are almost always impulse buys, but we come home with the fixings for a week’s worth of meals and maybe a little extra to throw in the freezer. Come summer, though, our crisper overflows with whatever’s available at the market – which isn’t to say that we don’t plan in advance, but we’re definitely more prone to improvisation.
Over the last couple of years, frittatas have become key to getting through excess market produce. If we participated in a CSA, I can only imagine that our frittata consumption would be exponentially higher. Tonight’s frittata was made with the mysterious spinach-like greens from our garden and enriched with a handful of shredded cheddar cheese. Many of the recipes you’ll find online call for 5-8 eggs, but I’ve found that 4-5 are plenty for the two of us for a quick dinner. If we’re entertaining or want to have leftovers for lunch, I’ll use more eggs and veg, and will serve with bread and/or a salad.
My rough frittata recipe for two is as follows:
1 tablespoon butter, plus more for sauteeing if necessary
4-5 large eggs, whisked together
1 medium onion
1-2 cups of whatever vegetables you have on hand, chopped (spinach, asparagus, more onions, garlic, kale, chard, broccoli, tomatoes, zucchini, summer squash, peppers, etc – you get the idea)
1/2 cup shredded or crumbled cheese (cheddar, mozzarella, swiss, gruyere, goat, feta – anything that melts well)
Special equipment: oven and stovetop-safe pan
Preheat the broiler. Melt the butter in your pan, swirling around to coat the bottom and sides. Sautee your veg until tender, then pour the whisked eggs over the top. When the eggs are just set, top with your cheese, then transfer to the broiler and broil until golden.
Serve from the pan or, if you’re fancy and careful, flip out onto a plate and serve at the table.