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Paleo Apple, Bacon & Swiss Chard Frittata

 

A farm frittata for Frittata Friday! (It’s actually Monday, but, Frittata Friday just sounded more appropriate. That needs to be a thing, by the way. Like, internationally… and immediately.)

 

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First of all, let me just say, this is NOT one of those pretentious frou-frou frittatas. (You know what I mean. Everyone has one of those friends… that one vegetarian-health-nut-frittata-bringer at the potluck. The one that walks in to a party full of buffalo wings and gluten-free cupcakes and says

“I brought a frittata, guys! – It’s got a squash, alfalfa sprout & sea-kelp salt-free filling with a crust made entirely from sunflower seeds, earthworms & dirt!”

Yeeeah. This is not that frittata.

 

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I bought ALL of these ingredients from a local farm when we went apple/vegetable picking a few weeks back. Put ‘em all together and I ended up with a mind-blowingly delicious outcome – a sweet & savory frittata that I enjoyed for 5 days straight – cold, straight out of the fridge, never even reheated, because THAT’S how good it was. Of course, I tried a slice warm when I initially took it out of the oven, but, you can safely assume that a great-tasting cold frittata, tastes even greater when warm.

 

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Paleo Apple, Bacon & Swiss Chard Frittata
 
Ingredients
  • 2 tbsp bacon grease/olive oil, divided + more for skillet
  • 2 shallots, diced (about ⅓ cup - onion works, too)
  • 8 eggs, lightly beaten with splash (3-4 tbsp) non-dairy milk/water
  • 6 slices bacon, cooked & chopped
  • 2 cups thinly sliced swiss chard ribbons, lightly packed
  • 1 apple - peeled, cored, & diced (about 1 cup)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced/grated
  • sea salt, to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 scallion, sliced, for garnish (opt)
  • ⅓ cup grated raw cheddar cheese (opt - not strict paleo)
Instructions
  1. Place raw bacon on a foil-lined baking sheet. Place in a cold oven and turn on to 400. Bake for exactly 13-15 mins until crisp & drain on paper towels before chopping. Turn oven down to 350.
  2. Liberally grease bottom & sides of iron skillet, then, heat 1 tbsp oil in skillet over med heat.
  3. Saute shallots/onion with a pinch of salt & pepper. Cook 5 mins until soft.
  4. Add swiss chard ribbons & a pinch of salt. Sauté another 5 mins.
  5. Beat eggs in a large mixing bowl with a splash of milk/water and a pinch of salt & freshly ground pepper.
  6. Mix sautéed shallot + swiss chard mixture, diced apples, cooked bacon, (and grated cheese, if using) into eggs until thoroughly combined.
  7. Heat remaining 1 tbsp oil in skillet over med high heat. Pour frittata/egg mixture into iron skillet. Feel free to garnish with scallions & additional cheese.
  8. Cook over med high heat on stove for 5 mins, then, carefully place in 350-degree preheated oven for another 4-8 mins. (depending how soft you prefer your eggs)
  9. Slice and serve warm or room temperature. (Though, I always eat it cold, cause I’m lazy & it’s still delicious.)
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Chef de Cuisine of Merit + Fork, Nicole's posts are primarily food driven, with a dash of natural health and beauty tips for good measure.

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