Veggie Frittatas: A healthy hipster way to start the day!
What is a Frittata? Frittatas are classier than omelets & the hipster quiche.
Honestly, they are all pretty much the same.
Why do I prefer frittatas? I like the name. It just sounds fancy. And a frittata doesn’t remind me of the menu at a stuffy country club brunch.
Again, they are all pretty much the same.
On Earth Day I wanted to really appreciate the bounty of the Earth’s natural foods. So, I started our day at home with a vegetable Frittata. I used onions, asparagus, kale & tomatoes in my frittata, but the cool thing about this hipster food – there are no rules or boundaries. Make it however you want! They are so easy & inexpensive, too. Which makes Frittata a great choice for entertaining.
My mother-in-law stopped by on Sunday… I gotta admit, there is sense of cocky joy in saying to an impromptu visitor “Welcome, would you like a slice of fresh vegetable frittata?”
Now it’s your turn to impress:
THE PRODUCE MOM’S VEGETABLE FRITTATA
4 Eggs + 6 Egg whites, beaten
Vegetables of choice: I used diced onions (3/4 cup), bias-cut asparagus (1 bunch – just the tender part… snap off the tough lower stems), chopped kale (about 3 cups) & halved grape tomatoes (1/2 pint).
Cheese I used about 1/4 cup shredded swiss & 1/4 cup shredded parm
Salt & Pepper
Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in an oven-safe non-stick skillet… I recommend at least a 10″ skillet for this – I used a 14″ skillet. Saute Onions (hint…. use frozen chopped onions as a time saver!) for approx 3 min, stirring occasionally. Add kale & asparagus, saute for another 5-7 minutes. Add grape tomatoes & stir to incorporate.
Beat together the eggs + egg whites for at least 2 minutes…. don’t skimp! The frothier the eggs are when you put them in the skillet, the fluffier they will be when they cook. I love a fluffy egg.
Pour the scrambled eggs into the skillet over the sauteed vegetables. Spread it out/readjust the veggies with a rubber spatula if necessary. And then don’t touch it! Allow the Frittata to cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes or until the sides are cooked, but the top is still wobbly/liquid/uncooked.
Preheat the oven broiler to high. Sprinkle cheese over the frittata & put the skillet into the preheated oven. Cook the frittata for approximately 4 minutes under the broiler or until the cheese begins to crisp & brown. Remove frittata from oven (put an oven mitt over the handle so you don’t forget it is hot & burn yourself!) Using your rubber spatula, go around the sides of the frittata to help detach it from the pan – this will help the frittata slide out of the pan & onto your serving platter.
Slice into wedges & offer up the most perfect Wisteria Lane smile as you say to your guest “Would you like a slice of frittata?”
xoxo Produce Mom