Sunday, April 15, 2012

Potato-Asparagus Frittata for One

Potato Asparagus Frittata
Springtime is asparagus season. This frittata combines asparagus with new potatoes and fresh spring herbs for a satisfying breakfast or brunch dish for one. I used Greek oregano in my frittata, but you can substitute chives, parsley, tarragon, thyme or other fresh herb of your choice. I left the oregano leaves whole rather than chopping them, simply to save time. If you chop your herbs or use a smaller-leaf herb like thyme, you'll want to use much less than 1 tablespoon.

For best flavor, select slender, young asparagus that's as fresh as possible. For a more substantial frittata, use three eggs instead of two, and an additional tablespoon of milk. And you can certainly double the recipe to make two frittatas or one larger one that you can cut to serve two or three people.

1 Tbs olive oil OR butter OR bacon fat for frying
3 small new potatoes, unpeeled & chopped
1/4 cup chopped onion
3/4 cup to 1 cup asparagus, chopped into 1" pieces
Salt & pepper to taste
Mediterranean  Oregano
Mediterranean Oregano
1 Tbs fresh oregano or other herb of your choice
2 eggs
2 Tbs milk

Heat the oil (or melt the fat or butter) in a medium skillet or frying pan (mine is 10") over medium-high heat. Add potatoes and saute until softened and light golden brown. Add onions & saute until softened & translucent. While the onions are cooking, whisk together the eggs and milk in a small bowl, then stir in the oregano or other herb, and set aside. Add asparagus to the skillet and saute until it starts to soften & turn deep green, about 1 to 2 minutes max. Pour in the egg mixture, reduce heat to low, partially cover and cook until just set, and then flip over (see note) to cook the other side for 1 to 2 minutes. Serve hot.

Note: For easy flipping, cover the skillet with a plate that's a little larger than the frittata, hold in place with one hand and carefully lift the skillet by the handle with your other hand, and in one motion turn turn the skillet over so that the frittata falls onto the plate. Then gently slide the frittata back into the skillet, uncooked side down, to finish cooking. Use the same technique to remove the fully-cooked frittata from the skillet when ready to serve.

Zestfully yours,

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