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Frittata with Ramps, Bacon, and Mushrooms

Patricia Reitz

It’s the season for ramps here in Virginia and I’m a huge fan of the delicate onion/garlic flavor they develop when sautéed. Today I’ve added them to a mixture of caramelized mushrooms and crumbled bacon to make a fantastic and seasonal frittata.

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Start by cleaning and trimming the ramps (full directions with how-to photos here).

Heat some oil in a cast iron skillet.

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Add the ramps and cook them for a few minutes on each side until they’re nicely caramelized.

Mmmm. Remove the ramps from the skillet and chop them into 1/4-inch thick slices; set aside until needed.

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Using the same skillet, lower the heat to medium and saute the garlic in the butter for about 30 seconds.

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Add the chopped mushrooms and a pinch of salt.

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Sauté them, stirring occasionally, until the pan is dry and the mushrooms have begun to caramelize. Don’t be alarmed when the mushroom release their liquid… just keep cooking and stirring.

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After 5-10 minutes, all the liquid will have evaporated and the mushrooms will have begun to caramelize.

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Remove the mushrooms from the pan and allow them to cool a bit before proceeding.

Preheat the oven to 350F and place the rack in the center position. Spray a 9-inch pie plate with a nonstick baking spray like Baker’s Joy, which contains both oil and flour. My preferred pie plates for frittatas are ceramic, glass, or stoneware. Avoid using aluminum pie plates as there may be a chemical reaction that causes the eggs to taste tinny and/or turn a greenish color.

In a medium mixing bowl, whisk the eggs together.

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Add salt, pepper, and heavy cream; whisk well to combine.

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Layer the mushrooms and ramps in the pie plate.

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Followed by the bacon. Add the beaten egg mixture.

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Be sure not to overfill the pie plate.

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Add cheese - here I’ve used cheddar.

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And to add a little color, I decided to add a few slices of sliced tomatoes to the top. Place the pie plate on a half sheet pan and place in oven. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until the eggs are set in the center of the pie plate.

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Allow to cool for 15 minutes before cutting.

Here’s to enjoying Ramps!

Items used to make this recipe:


Frittata with Ramps, Bacon, and Mushrooms

makes 8 servings

Printable Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic

  • 1 bunch ramps, cleaned and trimmed

  • 2 ounces cooked bacon, cut or crumbled

  • 8 ounces mushrooms, diced

  • 8 eggs

  • 2/3 cup heavy cream

  • 2 ounces cheddar cheese, shredded

  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon cracked black pepper

  • small tomato slices for garnish

Directions

  1. Preheat a large cast iron skillet with 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium-high heat.

  2. Cook ramps with a pinch of kosher salt and freshly ground pepper for 2-3 minutes per side until caramelized

  3. Remove ramps from pan and cut into 1/4-inch slices; set aside until needed.

  4. In the same skillet (without washing it), lower heat to medium and add butter and minced garlic; stir constantly for 30 seconds.

  5. Add diced mushrooms with another pinch of salt and saute, stirring frequently for 5-10 minutes until the mushrooms are dry and beginning to caramelize; remove from pan and set aside to cool.

  6. Preheat oven to 350F with rack in center position and spray a 9-inch glass, ceramic, or stoneware pie plate with baker’s joy baking spray.

  7. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, heavy cream, kosher salt, and freshly ground black pepper.

  8. Layer the mushrooms, ramps, and bacon in the pie plate and add the egg mixture.

  9. Add the cheddar cheese and sliced tomatoes.

  10. Place the pie plate on a half sheet pan and bake for 30-35 minutes or until the eggs are set in the center of the dish; cool 15 minutes before cutting.

Black Forest Dutch Baby

Patricia Reitz

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Ugh… we’re having a snow day here in Virginia so I was looking online for some recipe inspiration and I stumbled upon a yummy looking Chocolate Dutch Baby (or German pancake), which got me thinking… what if I took that chocolate idea and elevated it a bit by adding sweetened whipped cream and a delicious cherry topping? That was it - I decided making a Black Forest Dutch Baby would be part of my snow day activities! So glad I did because it’s definitely a treat worth trying, snow day or not.

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We’ll start by making the cherry topping. In a skillet over medium-high heat, combine tart cherries, sugar, cornstarch, and a salt. I used tart cherries I stashed away in the freezer this past spring, but if you have fresh tart cherries, you can certainly use ‘em.

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Cook, stirring constantly until the mixture begins to boil; continue cooking for a full minute, then turn off the heat.

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mmmm… set the yummy cherry topping aside until needed.

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The Dutch Baby (German Pancake) is really easy to make… just preheat an oven-proof skillet in your hot oven, melt the butter in the skillet and swirl it all around, then pour the excess melted butter into the a blender with all the other dutch baby ingredients, give it a whirl, and pour the batter into the prepared skillet. For some reason I didn’t get any photos while I was making the chocolate dutch baby, but you can see exactly how it’s done here in my Vanilla Dutch Baby post from a few years ago. The only difference, besides this one being chocolate instead of vanilla, is that this recipe is made in a smaller skillet.

The Dutch Baby will puff up in the oven and collapse almost immediately upon removal. To serve, cut the dutch baby into 4 wedges and top with sweetened whipped cream and the cherry topping. Enjoy!

Items used to make this recipe:


Black Forest Dutch Baby

makes one 9-inch skillet, 4 servings

Printable Recipe

Ingredients

Cherry Topping:

  • 1 1/2 cups (140g) tart cherries, fresh or frozen, pitted

  • 1/4 cup (50g) granulated sugar

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons (6g) cornstarch

  • pinch of fine salt

  • 1/16 (6 drops) pure almond extract

Chocolate Dutch Baby:

  • 2 tablespoons (30g) unsalted butter

  • 2 large eggs (100g), room temperature

  • 1 tablespoon (12.5g) granulated sugar

  • 1/4 teaspoon fine salt

  • 3 tablespoons (25g) all purpose flour

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons (7.5g) dutch processed cocoa powder, sifted

  • 1/4 cup (61g) whole milk

Directions

To make the cherry topping:

  1. In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, combine cherries, sugar, cornstarch, and salt; bring to a boil, stirring constantly; continue cooking for a full minute.

  2. Remove from heat and stir in pure almond extract; set aside until needed.

To make the chocolate dutch baby:

  1. Preheat oven and 9-inch cast iron skillet in the center of a 425F oven.

  2. In a blender, combine the eggs, sugar, salt, flour, cocoa, and milk; set aside until the next step.

  3. Carefully remove the hot skillet from the oven and add the butter.

  4. Swirl pan until butter is completely melted and coats the entire pan; pour excess butter into batter and mix to combine.

  5. Slowly pour the batter into the hot, buttered skillet and return to the oven; bake for 12-15 minutes or until the dutch baby puffs up (it will deflate almost immediately when removed from the oven so don’t be alarmed when this happens).

  6. Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly before topping with cherry topping and lightly sweetened whipped cream.

Note

  • Try not to pour all the batter into the skillet in one spot - the force of the pour will remove the butter coating in the pour spot and the pancake will inevitably end up sticking. To avoid this, I like to hold an upside down serving spoon a few inches over the skillet and pour the batter slowly over the back of the spoon while moving the spoon around the skillet. This helps diffuse the force of the pour.

cherry topping adapted from Rose Levy Beranbaum from RealBakingWithRose; chocolate dutch baby adapted from Deb Perelman from SmittenKitchen.