Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Zucchini, Corn, and Goat Cheese Frittata

Frittatas make frequent appearances on my dinner table because they're quick and easy to make, can be healthy or indulgent, are suitable for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, and can use a huge variety of ingredients. I'm leaving for vacation early tomorrow morning, so using up ingredients and getting some healthy eating before the bacchanalia I'm sure to indulge in on vacation is a must. Fresh sweet corn is just starting to appear at the farmers' market and beautiful zucchini is cheap and plentiful, so I immediately thought of throwing this happy pair together in a frittata. Along with sweet and smoky roasted red peppers and wonderfully creamy goat cheese, this frittata is a gorgeous taste of summer. It is filling without being too dense, and is rounded out perfectly with a side salad or side vegetable and crusty piece of bread or a roll for a complete meal. Summer will undoubtedly offer countless delicious combinations for frittatas, so let the season inspire you to get creative in the kitchen!

Zucchini, Corn, and Goat Cheese Frittata
serves 4

8 eggs
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 cup green and/or yellow zucchini or other summer squash, cut into small cubes
1/2 cup diced roasted red peppers
1/2 cup fresh corn or frozen corn, thawed
2 oz. crumbled goat cheese

1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees, with rack set in top third. In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, add vegetables and mix well, and season with salt and pepper. Preheat a medium cast-iron or nonstick ovenproof skillet over medium heat and spray with cooking spray. Add the egg mixture to the pan and distribute the goat cheese evenly over the frittata. Using a spatula scrape the edges and bottom of the pan for the first few minutes of cooking to allow more raw egg to come in contact with the bottom and sides of the pan. Cook until the edges are set and but the very center of the frittata is still runny, 5 to 10 minutes.

2. Transfer skillet to oven. Bake until frittata is set in the center, about 4 to 6 minutes. Using a rubber spatula, release frittata onto a cutting board; let rest 5 minutes. Cut into wedges, and serve.

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