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DH and I have never eaten, let alone made, a Frittata. "Healthy Life Magazine: Greater Binghamton, NY's Source for Family Health" is a free quarterly found in doctors' offices, grocery stores, etc. The Spring, 2009 issue carried this recipe. DH and I decided to finally take the plunge and were quite pleased with the outcome/taste. He's more of a veggie human than me, but we both love cheese; so, this satisfied both of us.
- 2 tablespoons breadcrumbs, fine dry
- 1 lb thin asparagus
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 cup onion, diced
- 1 red bell pepper, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt, divided
- 1⁄2 cup water
- fresh ground pepper, to taste
- 4 large eggs
- 2 large egg whites
- 1 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
- 1⁄2 cup shredded gruyere cheese
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Coat a 10-inch pie pan w/cooking spray.
- Sprinkle w/breadcrumbs, tapping out the excess.
- Snap tough ends off asparagus.
- Slice off the top 2 inches of the tips and reserve.
- Cut the stalks into 1/2 inch slices.
- Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.
- Add onions, bell pepper, garlic and 1/4 teaspoon salt; stir, cook until just softened.
- Add water and the asparagus stalks to the skillet.
- Cook, stirring until the asparagus is tender and the liquid has evaporated, about 5 minutes (the mixture should be very dry).
- Season with salt and pepper.
- Arrange the vegetables in an even layer in the prepared pan.
- Whisk eggs and egg whites in a medium size bowl.
- Add ricotta, parsley, 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper; whisk to blend.
- Pour the egg mixture over the vegetables, gently shaking the pan to distribute.
- Scatter the reserved asparagus tips over the top; sprinkle with Gruyere.
- Bake at 325 degrees for 35 minutes (until knife comes out clean).
- Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.