Asparagus-and-Zucchini Frittata

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Chef Chris Behr’s versatile frittata with crisp spring vegetables can be eaten warm or at room temperature. Serve for brunch with an accompanying platter of crusty bread, fresh fruit, cheese and salumi, or for lunch with a green salad. Slideshow: More Frittata Recipes 

Asparagus-and-Zucchini Frittata
Vegetarian brunch dishes can be a challenge with all that bacon out there. Chef Chris Behr of the Rome Sustainable Food Project makes a versatile frittata with crisp spring vegetables that can be eaten warm or at room temperature. Serve for brunch with an accompanying platter of crusty bread, fresh fruit and cheese, or for lunch with a green salad. Photo: © John Kernick
Active Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
Yield:
6

Ingredients

  • 2 ¼ zucchini (medium halved lengthwise and sliced crosswise 1/4 inch thick)

  • 6 ounces asparagus (trimmed, stems sliced 1/4 inch thick on the diagonal and tips left whole )

  • 8 eggs (large)

  • Kosher salt

  • Pepper

  • ¾ cup fresh ricotta (6 ounces)

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • 6 zucchini blossoms (stems and pistils removed, blossoms halved, for garnish (optional))

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 325°. In a medium saucepan of salted boiling water, blanch the zucchini and asparagus for 1 minute, then drain well and pat dry.

  2. In a large bowl, beat the eggs with 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper. Stir in the vegetables. In a bowl, season the ricotta with salt and pepper.

  3. In a 12-inch ovenproof nonstick skillet, heat the oil. Add the egg-vegetable mixture and cook over moderately low heat, stirring occasionally, until starting to set at the edge, 3 minutes. Dot the ricotta on top and garnish with the zucchini blossoms, if using. Transfer the skillet to the oven and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until the frittata is just set. Let cool slightly, transfer to a platter, cut into wedges and serve.

Serve With

Sliced salumi, pecorino cheese drizzled with honey, dried or fresh fruit, and crusty bread.

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