Springtime Recipe for Asparagus Frittata

Asparagus Frittata

Think of the frittata as an Italian omelet.  Rich in flavor, easy to make and made even more luscious by your choice of superior cheeses.  The frittata is started in a skillet on top of the stove and finished off in the oven for a glorious golden brown crust.  Yum.

Makes 4 servings

2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
1 small onion, thinly sliced
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 pound asparagus, tough ends snapped off, spears cut diagonally into 1-inch lengths
4 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup shredded Gruyere or Swiss cheese

1 Heat olive oil into a 10-inch oven-proof frying pan over medium high heat. Add onions and salt and cook, stirring occasionally, until onions are softened, about 3 minutes. Add asparagus; reduce heat to medium-low, and cook, covered, until the asparagus are barely tender, 6 to 8 minutes. Pour in eggs and cook until almost set, but still runny on top, about 2 minutes. While cooking, pre-heat oven broiler.

2 Sprinkle cheese over eggs and put in oven to broil until cheese is melted and browned, about 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from oven with oven mitts and slide frittata onto a serving plate. Cut into wedges.

Nutritional readout:   234.6 calories, FAT 15.6 g., PROTEIN 16.7 g., CARB 2.8 g., FIBER 2.1 g.