The winner of the last contest suggested Frittata as a great weeknight dinner option. Not only had the winner suggested this but another contest entrant did as well. I had never had a frittata before but it had been described to me as a cross between an omelet and a quiche. I LOVE quiche, I HATE omelets so I was a little leery. This is likely the reason why I have avoided trying a frittata for so long.
Since I have always said I was willing to try new foods at least once before writing them off I gave the Frittata a go. I looked up some recipes and quickly realized that making a frittata is more of a method than a recipe. It is kind of “anything goes” with a few standard ingredients like eggs and cheese. It is the kind of recipe that is great for using up random meat and veggies that are leftover in your fridge. I decided to use asparagus, leeks and bacon.
Asparagus and Caramelized Leek Frittata
1 bunch Asparagus, chopped
2 leeks, sliced thin
6 slices of bacon
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 tsp. fresh ground pepper
8 whole eggs
1/2 tsp. smoked paprika
2 tsp. fresh thyme, chopped
1/2 cup Gouda cheese, shredded
Preheat the broiler. In an oven safe pan cook bacon until crispy. Remove from pan and remove any excess grease reserving a little for cooking the leeks. Add the sliced leeks to the pan and cook until soft and caramelized. Add in the chopped asparagus and cook about 5 more minutes until the asparagus is tender. Add the bacon back in.
In a bowl, whisk eggs and then add salt, pepper, paprika, thyme and 3/4 of the cheese. Stir to combine. Pour into the skillet and stir to combine the egg mixture with the veggie mixture. Cook for 2-3 minutes to allow the egg to set on the bottom. Sprinkle with cheese and place under the broiler. Cook 3-5 minutes more until the eggs are cooked and the cheese has melted.
Remove from the oven, slice and serve.
So there you have it. Easy and FAST! It took less than 15 minutes from start to finish. I served it with some extra slices of bacon and some toast.
The verdict? Frittata is NOT for me! I wanted to like it but I just didn’t. Even with all of the cheese it was too much like an omelet. I just was not a fan. However, I do think this would be a great weeknight supper for someone who is a fan of omelets. That someone just isn’t me!