Pancetta, Kale, and Parmesan Frittata
Frittatas really are fast food. A quick saute, five minutes in the oven, and you have a great meal. They are flexible, too. Don’t have kale? Use broccoli, spinach or Swiss chard. No Parmesan? Add cheddar or asiago in its place. Bacon or prosciutto could replace the pancetta, or eliminate it entirely for a vegetarian option.
A mere two ounces of pancetta and one-third a cup of Parmesan provide a sizable flavor punch, while the bulk of this meal is made up of protein-rich eggs and nutrient-dense vegetables. Serve with your favorite green salad or a sweet potato to round out the meal. Fruit makes a wonderful accompaniment for breakfast or brunch while leftovers are a delicious lunch the next day.
For a completely different spin, create an antipasto platter by cutting the frittata into bite-size pieces. Serve on a platter along with your favorite cured meats, cheeses, marinated artichokes, red peppers, mushrooms, and toasted crostini. This would be a crowd-pleaser at any party–colorful and most delicious!
1 tablespoon milk
kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
2 ounces diced pancetta
6 ounces kale, stems finely diced and leaves chopped
1/3 cup chopped onion
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoons pine nuts
1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan (more for garnish, if desired)
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Set aside.
In a 10-inch non-stick frying pan, cook the pancetta over medium heat until it starts to brown, about 2-3 minutes. Add the kale stems and onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, 2-4 minutes more. Add the kale leaves and a pinch of salt and pepper, cover, and cook until leaves begin to wilt, about 2 minutes.
Uncover the pan, reduce the heat to medium-low, and add olive oil. Pour in egg mixture and pine nuts and cook, stirring gently, until the eggs begin to set but do not begin to scramble. When the eggs are just set, stir in the Parmesan and cook 2-3 minutes more or until the eggs begin to set around the edges. Transfer the pan to the oven and bake until the eggs are just set in the middle, about five minutes. If desired, broil one minute, watching closely, to brown lightly on top.
Garnish with a few shavings of Parmesan and serve warm or at room temperature.