Wednesday, April 19, 2017

What's For Dinner: Asparagus, Ham, and Goat Cheese Frittata

This Asparagus, Ham, and Goat Cheese Frittata is a springtime favorite for the whole family.


Asparagus, Ham, and Goat Cheese Frittata || A Less Processed Life

As I mentioned last week, the downside of baking a whole bone-in ham is that, if you're not cooking it to feed a crowd, there's a good chance you're going to have leftovers for days. As in, many days. Many many days.

Asparagus, Ham, and Goat Cheese Frittata || A Less Processed Life

While of course repeating the ham dinner for a night or two is not a terrible thing, nor is ham sandwiches for lunch. But after awhile, you might run out of ideas. And let me just say, if you're in a super time crunch, there's nothing wrong with chopping some of the leftover ham into bite-size pieces and stirring it into a big ol' pot of macaroni and cheese. (I call that a Scout dinner, as it reminds me of a traditional Girl Scout camp meal of cut up hot dogs in mac & cheese. Very classy.)

Asparagus, Ham, and Goat Cheese Frittata || A Less Processed Life

However, one of the easiest (and tastiest) ways to use up leftover ham is in a frittata or quiche. This recipe for Asparagus, Ham, and Goat Cheese Frittata is no exception. It's like the epitome of springtime in one simple dish.

Asparagus, Ham, and Goat Cheese Frittata || A Less Processed Life

And while it may look like you sweated over the stove for hours to make it, it actually only takes less than 30 minutes to make it. That makes this meal a perfect option for any night of the week.

Asparagus, Ham, and Goat Cheese Frittata
makes 4-6 servings

4 large eggs
4 large egg whites
2 tablespoons 1% milk
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 pound asparagus, rinsed and ends removed, then chopped into 1" segments
2-3 scallions, thinly sliced
1 cup diced cooked ham
2 ounces soft goat cheese, crumbled

1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, egg whites, milk, salt, and pepper. Set aside. Place a rack at the top setting in your oven and set the oven to broiler.
2. Heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the chopped asparagus and sliced scallions. Cook for 3-5 minutes, or until lightly browned. Turn the heat down to medium-low and add the cooked ham. Continue until warmed through, 2-3 minutes. Remove most of the asparagus tops and set aside.
3. Pour the egg mixture over the vegetable mixture and cook gently for 5 minutes until the edges are set, but the center is still loose. Place the asparagus tops onto the top of the frittata in whatever pattern you choose.
4. Place the frittata in the oven and broil until the eggs are just set (watch it closely!), 1-3 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes before serving.



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