So we have a neighborhood potluck almost every Sunday. Apparently this group of neighbors have been meeting for 14 years. Kids have grown and gone to college in this time. Our friends up the street joined 5 or 6 years ago and they invited us to join 2 years ago. Well they invited us before then, but we kept forgetting.
Our two families are the "newbies" now - we are the two families with young children (8 and under). Every year it starts up around mother's day and ends mid-October. That works with the weather and the time change. It's a 5:30 pm event at a local park (walking distance, 1/2 mile for us, and more or less for the other families). This local park has a lot of picnic facilities that can be reserved, plus soccer fields, softball fields, etc. So we all just wander up there and find an open spot. There's a hierarchy of good spots.
For a few years the group would try to switch to people's homes when it got too dark to do it outdoors, and it never really "took". This year, someone came up with the great idea for a brunch! So for the last month, that's what we've done. It's a smaller group - some are at church, some are busy with the church of Sunday Football. (And today we canceled because the park is super busy.) I've really been enjoying the brunches.
It makes it a little bit trickier to figure out what to take though. For much of the summer, the Sunday evening dinner was my "meal off" for the week. And it was easy to prep for it. Salad, appetizer, chips and guacamole, bruschetta and bread, cheese and crackers, crockpot ribs, pizza.
Brunch is trickier for a couple of reasons: 1. People aren't as interested in as much variety for brunch. And 2. I'm not taking any "meals off" anymore. So I'd have to figure out what to take that would work into my regular eating pattern. Plus there are a couple of vegetarians, and a few people who eat seafood but no other animal.
So the first week I took roasted potatoes. The next week, I took a frittata. Eggs and vegetables and cheese, cannot be easier. At some point one of my regular weekly emails from the kitchn linked to this recipe, and I saved it in the back of my head. The reason I like this recipe is that it's made in a 9x13 pan. I don't have a pan that will work with a traditional "cook on the stovetop and finish in the oven". I also like to make them in muffin tins, but muffin tins are a lot harder to clean.
The other advantage to frittatas is that you can "use up" lots of ingredients. We are in "greens" season again at the CSA, which means kale and chard. I love kale!! I don't love chard. Chard ends up in soups, in beans, or in frittatas.
Yesterday's frittata was for dinner, not brunch. Chard from the CSA, tomatoes from our plant (don't hate me, it is still producing!), sauteed onions, and little bits of cheese.
(Pardon the ugly photography)
1 Tbsp olive oil: 0.35
1 onion, diced: 0.40
1-2 medium or 4-6 small tomatoes, diced: free!
1 bunch chard, washed, torn into pieces: $1.50
(I did not use the stems, but you can - just separate them and dice them and add them to the onion)
4 oz of cheese (I used mozzarella, some "Quattro formaggio", blue cheese, and cheddar): 0.75
1 dozen eggs: 1.79
1/2 cup milk: 0.10
Salt and Pepper
Total: $4.89 for six to eight main-course servings. I generally consider two eggs to be a main course, so that would be $0.82 per serving.
Preheat oven to 375F.
Steam the chard until soft, 5-10 minutes. Let cool, squeeze dry, and chop.
Saute the onion in the olive oil until soft and starting to brown a little. Add the diced tomatoes and cook until they have given up most of their liquid. Add the chard. Stir well until mixed. Add S&P to taste.
Spray a 9x13 pan with cooking spray or grease with butter.
In a medium to large bowl, whisk the eggs, milk, S&P.
Spread the vegetables on the bottom of the 9x13 pan. Pour egg mixture on top. Drop the cheese on top of that.
Bake 45 min.
Let cool, cut into squares, enjoy!