Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Asparagus, Ham, and Goat Cheese Frittata

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 I don't know about you, but I love breakfast for dinner.  Unfortunately we don't have it often because while my husband loves his breakfast foods, he enjoys his meat and potatoes too much to give up temporarily.  While I'm lucky he never complains, I'd rather make something we both can look forward to eating.

I'm sure I'm not alone, which is why I think you all will enjoy this frittata as much as I do.  A frittata provides us with a compromise to our dilemma.  Eggs are a delicious breakfast food, but frittata's can be made with substantial ingredients that can satisfy your husband as well.

Frittata's can be made with any variety of ingredients.  While I made this version with what I had on hand, frittata's can be made with anything you desire.  I typically like to include a variety of vegetables, proteins, cheese, and either scallions or finely chopped onion for an added depth of flavor.   It can easily be adapted to your families taste, making it a convenient dish to prepare.

Not only is it convenient, but it's also extremely quick and easy to make.  Only a few minutes needed to chop your ingredients, whisk your egg mixture, and 10 minutes to bake.   

It's also versatile.  While it's a perfect weeknight meal, it's also a great brunch dish or plate to serve at a bridal or baby shower.  It can be made with an elegant appeal or dressed down with the simplicity of ingredients you choose.

However you like your frittata, it's a delicious and nutritious option perfect for any occasion!




Begin with preparing your ingredients.  Wash your red bell pepper and cut it in half:


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Remove the stem, seeds, and white parts inside:

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Then slice into thin strips:

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And chop into little cubes:

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Then chop your ham into bite sized pieces:

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Thinly slice your scallion at an angle:

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Wash your asparagus and break the tough end off:

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Then cut the asparagus in half:

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Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a cast iron skillet over medium/high heat.  Add your asparagus and red pepper:

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Saute until just barely cooked through, about 3 minutes:

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Meanwhile, combine your eggs, ham, scallions, salt, and pepper in a large mixing bowl:

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Beat your egg mixture until the eggs are smooth and crumble your goat cheese into the bowl:

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Mix until combined:

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Once your asparagus and peppers are ready, add your egg mixture to the pan:

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Bake at 400 degrees until your eggs have set and the top appears just golden, about 10-15 minutes

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Cut into your frittata and serve with an extra crumble of goat cheese and chopped scallions:


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Asparagus, Ham, and Goat Cheese Frittata
Serves: 6-8
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Bake Time: 15-20 minutes
(Printable Recipe)

Ingredients
1/2 cup red bell pepper, finely diced
1/2 cup Virginia Ham deli meat, chopped (about 1/2 pound)
2 tablespoons scallions, thinly sliced
1/2 bunch of asparagus, cut in half (about 3 inch pieces)
10 eggs
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
4-ounces goat cheese, 1-ounce reserved for garnish

Directions
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.

Prepare your ingredients by chopping your red bell pepper, ham, and scallions.  Wash your asparagus, break off the ends, and cut in half into 3 inch pieces.

In a large cast iron skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium/high heat and saute your red bell pepper and asparagus.  Saute until just barely cooked through, about 3 minutes.

Meanwhile, combine your eggs, ham, scallions, salt, and pepper in a large mixing bowl.  Beat until your eggs are smooth.  Crumble 3-ounces of your goat cheese into your mixing bowl and mix lightly until incorporated.  Add your egg mixture to your cast iron skillet.

Transfer to the oven and bake until eggs appear set and just golden, about 10-15 minutes.

Garnish with remaining 1-ounce goat cheese and chopped scallions (optional).
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22 comments:

  1. Your frittata looks very inviting. Frittata for dinner sounds just fine to me - love your addition of asparagus.

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  2. Hmm...Everything looks so fresh and colourful...! Simply gorgeous!

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  3. Anything with goat cheese and I'm sold. This looks like it's perfect for brunch. Yum

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  4. That looks so awesome! I really love your ingredients here!

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  5. Yum! Love the addition of goat cheese. Your pictures came out awesome, too. Frittatas aren't the easiest thing to photograph (as least in my experience, anyway!). Looks great.

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  6. I love breakfast for dinner and this looks fabulous! I can't ever say no to a recipe that has goat cheese in it, it's always a winner :o)

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  7. I had a sample and it was just wonderful! Tasted as good as it looks.
    Betty

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  8. I would love this for dinner, too...so beautiful, bright and healthy!!!

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  9. Breakfast for dinner is always welcome in my kitchen... Looks fantastic - the best spring veggies!

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  10. What a beautiful frittata! Love the ingredients!

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  11. That looks delicious! I would totally do this for dinner!

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  12. And now I need to go to the store again tomorrow to get the ingredients for this.. absolutely delicious looking.. we love goat cheese and asparagus!

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  13. Love the flavors in your frittata! Yours photos are beautiful too!

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  14. Those are some beautiful spring ingredients for sure! I love the combination of asparagus and goat cheese!

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  15. I'm like you, I could eat breakfast for always. lol. This looks wonderful!

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  16. I may have just died and went to heaven. As you know, I'm sort of dating goat cheese, so this is MY kind of recipe. LOVE IT.

    Ps, I just love your photos. So bright and sunny!

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  17. You're definitely not alone!

    I love frittatas! It's usually my go-to when I want a quick dinner. Love this combo of ingredients.

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  18. Breakfast for dinner is my favorite!

    Great photos, great recipe! Thanks for sharing..

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  19. What a gorgeous frittata, and stunning photos!

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