Recipe: Wild Mushroom, Bacon, and Arugula Fritatta

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The true delights of a dedicated forager are mushrooms and the wild greens that usually grow near them, such as ramps, lamb's quarter, and sheep sorrel. For this frittata, I ask only that you forage at the farmers market for a few varieties of wild mushrooms, arugula, and good slab bacon (although cured pork belly would do well too). Nothing beats the smokiness of the bacon mingling with the earthiness of the mushrooms and tang of the arugula when all are hugged by fresh eggs.

Serves 6

    • 5 ounces slab bacon, cut into ½-inch cubes
    • 3 tablespoons grapeseed oil
    • ¼ tablespoon sliced shallots
    • 12 ounces foraged or store-bought wild mushrooms, such as shiitakes, chanterelles, or morels
    • 5 ounces arugula, chopped
    • 12 large eggs, whisked
    • 5 ounces mild cheddar or sheep cheese, grated
    • 2 tablespoon unsalted butter
    • salt and freshly ground black pepper

Preheat the oven to 350 F.

Lay the bacon in a small baking pan and roast for about 10 minutes in the oven, stirring several times during roasting for even cooking. The bacon should be cooked but not too crispy. Remove the bacon from the oven and drain in paper towels.

Increase the oven temperature to 450 F.

In a large non-stick skillet, heat the oil over medium heat until hot. Add the shallots ad cook for about three minutes or until fully translucent. Add the mushrooms, cover tightly, and cook for about five minutes or until the mushrooms wilt fully and exude their juices. Remove the lid and cook for about two minutes or until the pan is nearly dry.

Stir the arugula and bacon into the pan with the mushrooms and cook for about one minute or until the arugula begins to wilt.

Add the eggs and cook for about two minutes, stirring just until they begin to set but are still runny. Stir in half the cheese and remove the pan from the heat.

Heat an ovenproof, eight-inch cast-iron skillet over medium heat and when hot, melt the butter in it.

Season the eggs with salt and pepper to taste and then transfer the eggs to the hot cast-iron skillet. Sprinkle with the remaining cheese and then bake in the hot oven for five to seven minutes or until the cheese melts and is lightly browned and the eggs set. Serve directly from the pan.

To read Michel's case for how to make local produce available to all—regardless of income—click here.

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Michel Nischan is the CEO and president of the Wholesome Wave Foundation, a pioneer of the sustainable food movement, and a James Beard award-winning chef and author. More

Chef Michel Nischan wears many hats, from dynamic restaurant owner, award-winning cookbook author, and media personality to food policy advocate and non-profit foundation CEO. A proponent of sustainable farming, local and regional food systems, and heritage recipes, Michel has long been a leader in the movement to honor local, pure, simple, and delicious cooking. He is owner and founder of Dressing Room, his homegrown restaurant in Westport, CT, and CEO and president of the Wholesome Wave Foundation, which is dedicated to nourishing neighborhoods by supporting increased production and access to healthy, fresh, and affordable locally grown food for the well-being of all.
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