Saturday, March 26, 2022

Spring Fling: Asparagus and Tomato Frittata

Asparagus and Tomato Frittata is my version of a classic Italian egg dish.  It's filled with tender spring vegetables and herbs and makes the perfect main entrée for a weekend breakfast or brunch!

Asparagus and Tomato Frittata

We are heading back to my Spring Fling series where I provide you with fresh food featuring spring fruits and produce.  Today we are talking breakfast and we are talking Asparagus!  Asparagus screams springtime and although they can be found year round they taste the best in Spring.  I'm a fan of the pencil sized slender spears because they are dainty and a little more tender.  This is such a versatile vegetable but today I'm using them in a breakfast dish.

Have you ever had a frittata?  They are the Italian version of a baked egg dish with fresh vegetables inside.  Similar to an omelet, but baked in the oven. My frittata is simple to make and cooks in 15 minutes in the oven.  It is filled with springtime tender asparagus, juicy tomatoes, sweet onion, and fresh dill and all made in one pan.  This will serve the whole family and is perfect for breakfast, brunch, or lunch.  


What Ingredients do I need?

  • butter
  • yellow or sweet onion
  • fresh asparagus
  • eggs
  • milk
  • grape or cherry tomatoes
  • fresh dill

Substitutions and Variations

  • Change up the herbs or use a combination:  basil, oregano, thyme, or chives would be good.
  • Double the recipe to serve a large family and use a 10 inch skillet
  • Swap out the vegetables to your liking or add additional ones:  mushrooms, leeks, peas, spinach, arugula, or bell pepper.
  • Add some cheese to the dish
  • Add some bacon to the dish

Kitchen Tips and Notes

  • I used an 8" cast iron skillet such as this one however, any oven proof skillet or even a pie pan will work well.
  • Make sure to cook your vegetables prior to adding your eggs, unless they are fine raw. Items like onion, leeks, and mushrooms taste better when browned prior to adding them to the eggs.
  • Because you are using the same skillet that you cooked your vegetables in you will notice that the eggs will start to cook and set around the edges as you are adding your final ingredients.  This is okay and expected.

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Asparagus and Tomato Frittata

serves 4 - Makes 1 8" round

1 Tablespoon unsalted butter
1/2 cup diced sweet or yellow onion
1/2 bunch of fresh asparagus, cut into 1/2" pieces
5 large eggs
1/4 cup milk
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
3/4 cups grape tomatoes, halved, divided
1 teaspoon fresh dill, chopped, divided
olive oil

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

In an 8" cast iron skillet melt the butter over medium-high heat.  Add the onion and cook for 5 minutes, stirring frequently, until onion is translucent and starts to brown.  Add asparagus and cook for 2 minutes.  Remove skillet from heat.

In a medium bowl add the eggs, milk, salt and pepper, and 3/4 of a teaspoon of dill, reserving 1/4 teaspoon for the topping.  Whisk vigorously until well combined.  Add to the skillet with the onion and asparagus.  Add 1/2 cup of the chopped tomatoes to the egg mixture in the skillet, spreading them out evenly.  

Place in the oven and bake for 14-16 minutes until set on the top.  There may be some small wet spot on top and that is ok.  Remove from the oven and allow to cool 5-10 minutes before cutting. 

In a small bowl add the remaining tomatoes and dill and a drizzle of olive oil.  Mix to combine.  Top frittata with the tomato mixture.   Cut in to wedges and serve immediately.

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