Since we lost an hour of sleep last night, we ended up sleeping in a little later than planned. It was too late for breakfast, but we weren't ready for lunch quite yet, so we decided to make a fantastic brunch right at home. You know how us DCers love our brunch! With our new Paleo diet, we designated Sundays as our cheat day. We didn't stray too far from it for brunch, but there were definitely a few ingredients you wouldn't find in the typical Paleo plan...ricotta, parmesan, flour. We started our day with a frittata, filled with greens and bacon, and some apple pancakes, which were more apple than pancake.
Next, it was time to saute the shallots in some of that bacon fat. Once those were softened, we tossed in the greens. We didn't want to use all of our kale, so we used a bit of kale and a bit of spinach. These were also cooked up in the bacon fat until they had wilted.
Now, for the pancakes! I made these while the frittata was baking in the oven.
Once your batter is mixed, just dunk your rings in the batter so they're completely coated, and place them in the pan to cook up. One thing we learned after the first batch...if you decide to add nuts to the batter, its probably best to spoon them into the hole of your apple rings. This will allow the apples to sit flat in the pan, and cook up more evenly.
In the end, we had a delicious brunch. The frittata was a savory dish, balanced out by the creamy ricotta. While the pancakes were sweet and tart from the apples, which still had a nice crunch to them. And brunch wouldn't be complete without a bloody mary! The only thing we were missing was a slice of cantaloupe at the end to make it a complete brunch.