Fritatta with Avocado, Cucumber & Arugula

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Jan 252019
 

When Natalie and I travel we often stay at Marriott Couryard’s and usually have breakfast in their Bistro. My favorite item on the breakfast menu was their eggwhite frittata. They have changed their menu and still offer the frittata, but it isn’t the same as the original one. Here’s my take on their original frittata, which is a healthy way to begin the day.

Fritatta with Avocado, Cucumber & Arugula
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Category: Breakfast

Servings: 1 serving

Frittata with Avocado, Cucumber & Arugula

Ingredients

  • 2 Eggs (1 Jumbo Egg)
  • 1 tsp. Olive oil
  • 1/2 Avocado, diced
  • 1 Small lemon wedge
  • 1 Baby cucumber, halved lengthwise and diced
  • 1 Cup Arugula
  • 2 Tbsp. Shredded Mexican cheese
  • 3 Tbsp. Mexican Salsa

Instructions

  1. Warm up a warming drawer, or heat your oven to about 140° F and then turn off. Put your plate(s) in the oven to warm.
  2. Peel and dice the avocado into 3/4 inch cubes and squeeze the lemon juice over them.
  3. Halve the cucumber lengthwise, and dice into 3/8 inch pieces.
  4. Beat the egg(s). Heat a non-stick skillet and pour in the egg, spreading it over the pan as you would a crepe.
  5. Sprinkle the cheese over the egg. When the egg is done and cheese begins to melt, slide the egg carefully onto the plate and return the plate to the oven or warmer.
  6. Put 1 tsp. of olive oil in the pan and saute the arugula in the pan until it begins to wilt.
  7. Remove the plate from the oven and top with the arugula. Arrange the pieces of avocado and cucumber over the arugula and top with salsa.
  8. Serve immediately.

Notes

This is not a difficult recipe to make, once you get the hang of it. The heated plate is important as the thin egg pancake will cool quickly on a cold plate. Amounts are approximate, so adjust them to your liking. You can substitute egg whites for the eggs if you desire. I prefer a salsa that has lemon or lime juice in it rather than vinegar, so read your ingredients when you buy the salsa. If you are cooking for more than one, it might be easier to have a separate skillet to saute the arugula.

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Jul 262013
 

I am always looking for ways to use up the summer bounty of produce and here’s another one. Benedictine is a Kentucky staple, but little known outside of the state. Now, this culinary creation has nothing to do with the good monks who make wine and bread in the basements of their monasteries, but was invented by Jenny Benedict (thus the name) around the turn of the 20th century. Jenny started a tearoom on downtown Louisville’s South Fourth Street in 1911. Her recipe was cream cheese, cucumber juice, onion juice and salt and pepper and a pinch of cayenne, and a couple of drops of green dye. It became and still is an institution in Louisville, where, I am told, they spread it on everything.

Lilly’s restaurant in Louisville serves an updated version of the recipe which features the crunch of cumbers and onions, rather than just the juice. Here is my version of the recipe with a couple modifications to bring out the flavor of the cucumbers, a feature of my summer garden.

Benedictine
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Prep Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 large cucumber, peeled, deseeded
  • 1/4 cup chopped red onion
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tsp. red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon fresh chopped dill
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • Dash cayenne pepper

Instructions

  1. Chop cucumber and onion by hand or pulse in food processor. It needs to have some texture and not be mushy.
  2. Combine all ingredients and mix well by hand.
  3. It’s best to make this a few hours ahead to let the flavors blend in the refrigerator.

Notes

Benedictine has a delicate flavor and is best served on white bread rounds or water crackers. Herbed or flavored crackers will overwhelm the delicate flavors. You can also use it as a sandwich spread. or use it to create tea sandwiches.

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