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Asparagus & Pancetta Frittata

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Serves two or three.

  • by from Fine Cooking
    Issue 58

  • 5 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup whole milk or half-and-half
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 Tbs. freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano
  • 1 Tbs. Dijon mustard
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 Tbs. olive oil
  • 1 slice (1/4 inch thick) pancetta (about 2 oz.), diced
  • 1 Tbs. minced shallot
  • 1/4 lb. thin asparagus, trimmed and sliced into 1-inch pieces on the diagonal

Position an oven rack 4 to 6 inches from the broiler and heat the broiler on high.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, 1/4 cup of the Parmigiano, the mustard, 1/4 tsp. salt, and about 3 grinds of pepper. Set aside.

Heat the oil in an 8-inch nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the diced pancetta. Cook, stirring constantly, until the pancetta is pale golden, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the shallot and asparagus and cook, stirring frequently, until the asparagus is crisp-tender, about 3 minutes.

Reduce the heat to low and pour the egg mixture into the skillet. Cook, giving the eggs a few stirs in the beginning to distribute the asparagus, until the eggs are well set and slightly puffed around the edges but are still loose in the center, 13 to 15 minutes.

Sprinkle the remaining 1 Tbs. Parmigiano on top of the frittata. Slide the pan under the broiler and cook until the frittata is puffed, browned, and set, 3 to 4 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes (just enough time to toss together a salad). Cut into wedges and serve.

nutrition information (per serving):
Size : based on three servings; Calories (kcal): 270; Fat (g): fat g 19; Fat Calories (kcal): 170; Saturated Fat (g): sat fat g 6; Protein (g): protein g 20; Monounsaturated Fat (g): 8; Carbohydrates (g): carbs g 7; Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 2; Sodium (mg): sodium mg 1150; Cholesterol (mg): cholesterol mg 375; Fiber (g): fiber g 1;

Photo: Scott Phillips

I made this for Easter brunch for my husband and myself. We both thought it was terrific, though a bit salty. The next time I make it (and, there will be a next time), I may skip adding the 1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt to the egg mixture. The Parmegiano Reggiano, Pancetta, and the Dijon mustard are all pretty salty ingredients so just that little bit of extra Kosher salt may not be needed. Of course, everyone's taste buds are different so what seemed a bit salty to us, might not be the case for others. It would also make a delicious dinner with a green salad.

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