Asparagus & Cheddar Frittata

Asparagus & Cheddar Frittata

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Recipe by Nici Wickes for NZ Eggs Course: Lunch, DinnerDifficulty: Easy
Servings

4-6

servings
Prep time

10

minutes
Cooking time

30

minutes
Total time

40

minutes

Cheddar melts well and pairs perfectly with asparagus. Cheddar cheese is a common semi-hard cheese that is available in all supermarkets and delis. It can be mild and creamy to full-bodied, depending on the ageing and maturity. MILD Cheddar is creamier, has a soft texture and a more subtle taste than TASTY Cheddar, which is crumbly and has a stronger sharper flavour.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup olive oil

  • 1 onion, thinly sliced

  • 400 g (approx. 2 medium-large) potatoes

  • 5 med-large eggs, lightly beaten in a large bowl

  • 2 tbsps rosemary, chopped

  • 1 tsp sea salt

  • 1/4 tsp cracked pepper

  • 1-2 bunches asparagus, tough ends snapped off

  • 1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 170 C.
  • Heat half the oil in a large (23-26cm) ovenproof pan and cook the onion until soft.
  • Peel potatoes and either slice very thinly or, chop roughly and put in a food processor and pulse until chopped into pea-sized pieces (I use the latter method). Don’t overdo it or they will turn to mush.
  • Whisk the eggs with rosemary, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Add sliced/chopped potatoes and toss well to coat. Add in softened onions and stir to combine.
  • Add remaining oil to the pan then pour in the egg/vegetable mixture. Reduce the heat to low and cook slowly until the edges are cooked – about 10 minutes.
  • Add asparagus spears on top and scatter over the cheese. Bake until golden brown and set in the middle – about 20-25 minutes
  • Rest for 10 minutes before cutting into wedges or squares and serve either hot or at room temperature with your favourite chutney.

Nici’s tips:

  • Follow these simple tips to making the perfect frittata:
  • Always season your frtittata well (with salt, pepper, chilli flakes, herbs or wahtever your’re using) as starchy vegetables that form the base (potatoes, pumpkin, kūmara), will take a lot of flavour.
  • Feel free to swap one starchy vegetable for another eg. use pumpkin or kūmara in place of potato 
  • Always add the vegetables into the whisked egg and toss to coat well before sliding back into the pan. Many people make the mistake of pouring the egg over the vegetables in the pan and this leads to a frittata that won’t hold together.
  • Simple is best. Don’t add too many different ingredients – it’s not a jumble sale! 
  • Cook the frittata well as undercooked frittata tends towards going soggy as they cool. Keep it golden brown around the edges for flavour and good form.
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