Sausage & Arugula Breakfast Frittata

Spicy, tender arugula brings a pleasant bite to this baked dish with savory sausage and potato rounds.

Ingredients:
10 eggs
8 ounces breakfast sausage
½ pound fingerling or baby potatoes, washed and thinly-sliced into rounds
4 cups packed arugula
½ cup Grana-style cheese, grated
¼ cup milk
2 tablespoons olive oil
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper

Method:
1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, lightly whisk together the eggs, cheese, milk, salt and pepper. Set aside.

2. In an ovenproof fry pan over medium-high heat, warm 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Toss potato rounds into the pan and sauté until tender, seasoning generously with salt and pepper Add sausage meat to pan and cook, breaking up the meat into small pieces, until nicely browned and cooked, 3-4 minutes. Add the arugula and stir just until evenly wilted, about 1 minute. Add the sausage-potato mixture to the bowl with the egg mixture.

3. Wipe the pan clean and return it to medium-high heat. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil and spread to coat the pan bottom. When the oil is hot, pour the egg mixture into the pan and smooth the top, making sure the potato slices lay flat.

4. Transfer the pan to the oven and bake until the frittata is set in the center and slightly puffed, 25 to 30 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes in the pan. Carefully run a paring knife or sharp-bladed spatula around the inside edges to release the frittata. Cut into wedges and serve warm or at room temperature.

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Baked Eggs with Heirloom Tomatoes

Juicy tomatoes, fresh herbs and a touch of cream lend rich appeal to this dish.

Ingredients:
2 tablespoons butter
1 cup heirloom tomatoes, chopped
½ cup chopped fresh basil
¼ cup chopped fresh Italian parsley
4 eggs
4 teaspoons heavy cream
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper
Grana-style cheese (optional)

Method:
1. Preheat oven to 350°. Generously butter four ½-cup ramekins.

2. In a bowl, stir together the tomatoes, basil, parsley, plus salt and pepper. Divide evenly among the prepared ramekins. Cut the 2 tablespoons of butter into small pieces and divide among the ramekins, sprinkling the pieces evenly over the tomato mixture. Break an egg into each ramekin. Season with more salt and pepper as needed. Drizzle each egg with 1 teaspoon of the cream. Arrange the ramekins on a rimmed baking sheet.

3. Bake until the egg whites are opaque and the yolks have firm edges and are soft in the center, about 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and sprinkle each serving with cheese, if using. Serve immediately.

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Polenta Cake with Italian Prune Plums

This luscious cake is kissed with juicy Italian plums and citrus peel.

Ingredients:
4 Italian prune plums, pitted and cut into wedges
¼ cup packed brown sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour
½ cup polenta or yellow cornmeal
1½ teaspoons baking powder
⅛ teaspoon salt
1 cup butter, softened
¾ cup granulated sugar
4 egg yolks, plus 2 full eggs
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon or orange peel
1 teaspoon vanilla
Crème fraîche for serving (optional)

Method:
1. Preheat oven to 350°. Lightly grease and flour bottom and sides of a 9-inch springform pan; line bottom with a 9-inch circle of parchment paper. Arrange plums on parchment in pan. Sprinkle brown sugar over the plums. Set aside.

2. In a small bowl combine flour, cornmeal, baking powder, and salt; set aside.

3. In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add granulated sugar and beat until light. Add egg yolks and eggs, 1 at a time, beating after each addition. Add lemon peel and vanilla; beat until combined. Beat in the flour mixture. Spoon batter over plums in pan and spread evenly.

4. Bake about 50 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted near center comes out clean. Cool cake in pan on a wire rack for 20 minutes. Remove sides of pan; cool cake completely. Invert cake onto serving platter; remove bottom of pan and parchment. If desired, serve with crème fraîche.

Buckwheat Crêpes

Once you perfect the technique here, start playing with your favorite fillings. (This week we suggest using some of that delicious filomena blanc!)

Ingredients:
1 cup buckwheat flour
¾ teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
1 cup milk
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
¼ to ½ cup water

Method:
1. To make the crêpe batter, combine all the ingredients (except water) in a blender, and blend until smooth. Cover the batter and let it rest in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours, or overnight.

2. When you’re ready to make crêpes, thin the batter with water, using less water for thicker crêpes and more water for thinner ones.

3. Preheat a crêpe pan or non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Lightly grease the pan with butter, oil, or pan spray, then pour in enough batter to thinly coat the bottom of the pan; swirling the pan as you pour the batter will help ensure an even coating. Cook the crêpe for 1 to 2 minutes on the first side, until it’s golden and lifts from the pan easily. Flip it over and cook for another 1 to 2 minutes on the other side.

4. Transfer cooked crêpes to a plate, stacking them on top of one another, and keeping a towel over them. Fill as desired; serve warm.

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