Asparagus and Goat Cheese Frittata ~ is there anything easier, and more comforting, than eggs for dinner? This is a convenient busy day meal that always feels like a treat to me.
Course: Breakfast, brunch, or 'brinner'
Cuisine: American, Italian
1large shallot or 1/4 onionminced
1bunch thin asparagusabout 1 pound
1/2tspfresh cracked black pepperor to taste
4ouncescreamy goat cheesemore if you like
1/3cuppitted Kalamata olives
simple cherry tomato salad
4cupscherry tomatoescut in half or wedges
4Tbspextra virgin olive oil
1tspItalian seasoning blend
pinchof salt and pepper
Preheat the oven to 400F
Trim the asparagus, this is generally at least the lower third to half of the stalks. Discard the ends and cut the asparagus in half. If your stalks are on the thciker side, you might consider taking a vegetable peeler and peeling away the outer edges of the lower parts of the stalks.
Heat the oil in a 10 inch cast iron skillet and sauté the shallots and asparagus for about 8 minutes, stirring often.
Beat the eggs gently in a bowl to break them up but don't beat furiously, you're not looking to incorporate air into them. Blend in the cream and season with salt and pepper.
Pour the eggs evenly into the pan. Crumble the goat cheese evenly over the top, and scatter the olives, too.
Let the eggs cook over medium heat just until you see that they are starting to cook around the edges, this will just be a few minutes.
Put the pan into the oven, on the middle rack. Cook for about 12-14 minutes, or until the eggs are just set and not jiggly in the center. Let the skillet cool a bit before slicing.
To make the salad whisk together the oil, vinegar, and seasonings. Taste it to adjust any of the ingredients. Then lightly toss the cherry tomatoes with enough dressing to moisten. Make the salad when you're ready to eat, tomatoes don't keep well once they're cut.