from Laurie Burrows Grad*
A frittata is a flat Italian-style omelet made with beaten eggs, resembling a Spanish omelet, and is usually prepared in a cast-iron skillet. When cooked in a round skillet, the frittata is then typically sliced into wedge-shaped portions for serving.I love this dish for brunch because it is one-stop shopping.Serve it with bread or bagels and you have a wonderful brunch.
LEEK AND ASPARAGUS FRITTATA
This frittata can be served hot or at room temperature accompanied by fresh salsa.
1 12-ounce bunch thin asparagus, trimmed, cut on diagonal into 1-inch pieces (about 2 ½ cups)
2 tablespoons butter
6 thin slices prosciutto, diced (in food processor is best)
2 cups chopped leeks (white and pale green parts only)
2 cups sliced baby peppers
12 extra-large eggs
2 cups diced Fontina cheese, divided
salt and freshly ground white pepper to taste
½cup grated Parmesan cheese
Blanch the asparagus in boiling water for 2 minutes.Drain, run under cold water, and dry thoroughly.
Preheat the broiler.
Heat 2 tablespoons of butter in a heavy broiler-proof 10-inch-diameter nonstick skillets over medium heat.
Add the prosciutto, leeks, and peppers and sauté 4 minutes, stirring often. Add the asparagus and mushrooms, and sauté until tender, about 6 minutes.
In a large bowl, whisk the eggs with 1½ cups of the Fontina cheese, and the salt and pepper until well blended. Add the egg mixture to skillet; fold gently to combine and cook until almost set.
Sprinkle the remaining ½ cup Fontina cheese and Parmesan cheese over the top. Broil until the frittata is puffed and cheese begins to turn golden, about 3 minutes. Cut into wedges and serve.
* Laurie Burrows Grad is a cookbook author, television chef, food journalist, and activist/fundraiser for the Alzheimer’s Association. Her cookbooks include Make It Easy in the Kitchen; Make It Easy Entertaining; Make It Easy, Make It Light; and Entertaining Light & Easy. On a personal note, she is the enthusiastic babysitter for her eleven-year-old grandson Lucas and his seven-year old sister, Georgia.