Traverse City Record-Eagle

December 13, 2012

Intentional Minimalist: Frittata

BY KRISTIN CELESTE
Special to the Record-Eagle

— Minimalist farm-to-table recipes can be created with local fresh produce paired with homemade infused oils, dressings, marinades, pestos and sauces. By eating seasonally, we reap the benefits of good health through nutrition from fresh, unprocessed and sustainable produce.

This recipe features local produce from 9 Bean Rows Farm, Amon Orchards, Providence Farm and locally produced products from Leelanau Cheese and Food for Thought.

Apple, Walnut and Raclette Frittata

Local black walnuts

Homemade green onion-

infused olive oil (see note)

Farm fresh local eggs

Farm fresh local red onions

Farm fresh local Granny Smith apple

Farm fresh local flat parsley

Local raclette cheese

Homemade hard apple butter (see note)

Preheat oven to 400°.

In a medium metal saucepan on low heat, toast ½ C. black walnuts. Remove black walnuts from heat, cool and chop cooled black walnuts.

Separate 12 egg whites to a large glass mixing bowl. Thinly slice 1⁄2 c. red onion and separate into rings. Slice one large Granny Smith apple. Remove stems from 1 c. flat parsley. Cube 1 c. raclette cheese.

Warm 2 T. green onion-infused oil in a large metal skillet over medium heat. Lay half of the onion rings on the bottom of the skillet and cook for two minutes. Gently pour egg whites on top of the onion rings. Layer on half the apple slices, half the flat parsley and half the raclette cheese.

Cook frittata on medium heat, uncovered, for five minutes until the eggs begin to set. Layer on the remaining onion rings, apple slices and flat parsley. Transfer frittata to the oven and bake uncovered in the oven for 10 minutes.

Remove frittata from oven and add remaining raclette cheese and toasted black walnuts and bake for five additional minutes. Remove frittata from oven and let rest for five minutes. Plate each frittata serving with 1 T. of hard apple butter.

Kristin Celeste Shroeger of Traverse City is the recipe creator, photographer, dishwasher and blogger of The Intentional Minimalist, a website encouraging farm-to-table cooking with local, seasonal and sustainable produce. Visit www.theintentionalminimalist.com for hundreds of seasonal farm-to-table recipes and for instructions on making infused oil and hard apple butter.