Today is March 14th, so math nerds, rejoice- it’s 3.14 or Pi Day! I’m celebrating today, not because I am a math nerd (I actually HATED math as kid), but because it’s also a snow day here in NYC and I’m spending the day in the kitchen whipping up some yummy recipes.
While I may not be very fond of math, I am very, very fond of pie. Of the sweet variety, I would have to say some of my favorites are strawberry rhubarb, peach, or blueberry, but I will certainly not turn down a chocolate mousse or peanut butter pie! However, seeing as it’s just me and my husband, and we don’t feel like scarffing down a whole sweet pie by ourselves (sadly, I don’t think it’s in the half marathon training meal plan either), I made a savory “pie” today in the form of a Swiss Chard and Leek Frittata.
Never made a frittata before? Read up on these tips from The Kitchn to avoid potential mishaps. But I promise, it’s not as hard as you think!
I had picked up some gorgeous swiss chard at the farmers market this weekend and knew that turning it into a fluffy, egg-y pie was the only way to go. Not only does swiss chard look pretty, but the colorful leaves mean they are packed with good nutrition. Swiss chard contains 13 different antioxidants from the polyphenol family; loads of vitamins K, A, and C; and the important minerals magnesium, and potassium; which, when put together, translates into better blood sugar control, bone health, and decreased inflammation.
What’s also great about chard is that the entire plant can be used in your cooking. For this recipe, I was sure to chop up the fibrous stems into a small dice to be sautéed first, and then I cut the leaves into ribbons to be added later. Waste not, want not!
7 whole organic eggs
3 cups of swiss chard leaves, cut into ribbons + diced chard stems
1/2 of a leek stalk, sliced
splash of milk (any kind of your choosing, but cow’s milk usually works best here)
2 Tbsp olive oil
salt & pepper to taste
Crack 7 eggs into a bowl and whisk until yolks are broken and eggs are mixed. You’ll want to avoid over whisking as this will create a more dense frittata in the oven- we want to keep ’em fluffy! Add just a splash of milk to your beaten eggs.
Prepare the chard by first washing well to remove grit and dirt. Form small groups or bundles of 8-10 leaves to expedite the chopping process. Working with one bundle at a time, chop off the very ends of the stems and compost/discard. Next, separate the bottom stem part from the large leaf section. Chop the stem pieces into a small dice and set aside. Then hold the bundle of leaves together and cut into long ribbon slices. Set chard prep aside.
Slice 1 leek stalk in half length-wise (from top to bottom). Remove tough outer leaf layer and wash to remove dirt. Laying the leek flat-side down, slice the whites into half moon shapes of about 1/4 inch thickness. Discard or compost the green tops and save the remaining leek half for another recipe.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. On the stovetop, heat an oven-safe skillet and add olive oil. Add diced chard stems and sliced leeks, sautee until veggies begin to brown and caramelize. At the stage, add salt and pepper to taste.
Then add in chard leaves, cooking until leaves wilt and become soft, about 3-4 minutes. Pour egg mixture into pan, evenly covering the cooked veggies. Without moving or stirring, let mixture cook for 5 minutes over low-medium heat until the edges have set. Before popping in the oven, add some dollops of goat cheese on top- use as little or as much as you like!
Next, move your pan to the oven and cook for 7-9 minutes. To check the doneness of your frittata, shake the pan to test if the center jiggles; if yes, cook for a minute or so more. When the edges of the frittata are golden brown, remove from oven.
Let stand for five minutes, then slice and serve.
This recipe was cooked in an 8 inch cast iron skillet and can be cut into 6 or 8 slices depending on your crowd and preference. I quickly ate a warm slice for breakfast with toast, but plan to keep 2 slices in the fridge for grab and go breakfasts this week and freeze the remaining slices in a plastic container for the ultimate meal-planning prize.
Happy pie making!