Herb Frittata with Asparagus


Photo courtesy Foodland Ontario

For us here in the Great White North, it is indeed an exciting time of year. Suddenly, it seems, the ground is alive and giving us a preview seasonal goodies to come. I can see rhubarb leaves, chives and garlic coming up in my garden. It’s the start of wonderful local offerings, such as asparagus and strawberries, and so much more. Fresh herbs will also be found in markets in bigger bunches and at cheaper prices.

A win-win.

From Foodland Ontario, here’s a frittata inspired by a traditional Middle Eastern egg dish. It’s packed with herbs and asparagus providing you with a taste of spring on a plate.

While the recipe calls for Ontario produce, obviously if you live elsewhere, go for what’s local.

Herb Frittata with Asparagus

Serves 4

1 lb Ontario Asparagus, trimmed
6 Ontario Eggs
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp each salt, freshly ground pepper and ground turmeric
1 cup finely chopped fresh Ontario Parsley Leaves
1/2 cup finely chopped fresh Ontario Dill or Coriander (Cilantro) or combination of both
2 tbsp vegetable oil
5 Ontario Green Onions, sliced (about 1 cup)
1/4 cup coarsely chopped walnuts

Cut 2-inch long tips of asparagus; set aside. Cut stalks into slices, about 1/4-inch thick; set aside separately.

In medium bowl, whisk together eggs, baking powder, salt, pepper and turmeric; stir in parsley and dill. Set aside.

In 9 to 10-inch cast iron or ovenproof skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Cook sliced asparagus and green onions, stirring, until onions are tender, about 2 minutes. Pour egg mixture into skillet; reduce heat to medium-low and cook, stirring, until eggs start to set, 1 minute. Cook, without stirring, until bottom is set but top is still wet, 2 minutes. Arrange asparagus tips and chopped walnuts on top, pressing slightly.

Bake in 400°F oven for about 12 minutes or until tip of knife inserted in centre comes out clean and asparagus is tender-crisp. Let stand for 5 minutes. Cut into wedges.

Tip: Use salad spinner to dry herbs well before chopping.

Nutrition information per serving:
• Calories: 254
• Protein: 13 grams
• Fat: 19 grams
• Carbohydrate: 7 grams
• Dietary fibre: 3 grams
• Sodium: 448 milligrams

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Author:Rosie Schwartz

Rosie Schwartz is a Toronto-based consulting dietitian and writer.

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