Sunday, April 29, 2012

Ramp and Asparagus Frittata

There are few ingredients that say spring more to me than asparagus and ramps. Both of these ingredients always make it home with me any time they are available at the farmers' market. And while I could eat grilled asparagus by the pound and put ramp pesto on almost everything, I'm still always on the search for other recipes for two of my favorite spring ingredients. Most people aren't familiar with ramps (wild leeks), making the recipe pool is somewhat limited, so I was thrilled to find a recipe that used both of these delicious vegetables. While I typically don't ever work from recipes when making frittatas, this wonderful collection of ingredients is definitely worth sharing. It's eggy and cheesy and packed with veggies, the perfect balance between health and indulgence. And although I adapted this recipe to use ramps, if you aren't lucky enough to have myriad sources for them as I do, leeks will still shine gloriously in this recipe. Delicious puffy and golden brown hot from the oven for breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner or reheated the next day, the economical and flavorful dish deserves a spot at your dinner table.

Ramp and Asparagus Frittata
adapted from Bon Appetit
serves 4

2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) butter
1 cup chopped ramps (white and red parts only-no leafy greens)
1 12-ounce bunch thin asparagus, trimmed, cut on diagonal into 1-inch pieces (about 2 1/2 cups)
1 cup sliced stemmed mushrooms (shiitakes, baby bellas, or portabellas make good choices)
8 large eggs
1 cup shredded Gruyere or Swiss cheese, divided
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1. Preheat broiler. Melt butter in heavy broilerproof 10-inch-diameter nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add leeks and sauté 4 minutes. Add asparagus and shiitake mushrooms, sprinkle lightly with salt, and sauté until tender, about 6 minutes. Whisk eggs, 3/4 cup Fontina cheese, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper in medium bowl. Add egg mixture to skillet; fold gently to combine. Cook until almost set.

2. Sprinkle remaining 1/4 cup Fontina cheese and Parmesan cheese over. Broil until frittata is puffed and cheese begins to turn golden, about 3 minutes. Cut into wedges and serve.

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