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Chef Aly’s Spring Frittata with Asparagus & Pancetta

Mother’s Day is around the corner. I hope you’re preparing to pamper mom with love and appreciation for all she does. This Spring Frittata with Asparagus & Pancetta will surely start the day off right. She’ll never know how easy it was. It’s also a great recipe to prepare with the kids. Bonus points if you serve breakfast in bed!

Course: Breakfast
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 people

Ingredients:

  • 6 Eggs
  • ¼ cup Half & Half
  • ½ Tsp Kosher Salt
  • ¼ Tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 oz. Pancetta
  • 1 Tbs Leek, diced
  • 6 Asparagus Spears, top halves reserved to top, chop the rest into ½” pieces
  • 2 oz. Goat Cheese (round, not pre-crumbled)
  • 1 Tsp Chives, chopped

Instructions:

STEP 1: Preheat oven to 400º F.

STEP 2: Beat eggs until just combined, don’t over mix. Add half and half, salt and pepper, stir to combine and set aside.

STEP 3: Add about 1 Tbs. extra virgin olive oil to a small skillet. Heat over medium-low. Add the pancetta and cook slowly to render the fat and brown lightly. Once pancetta starts to crisp, remove with a slotted spoon to a separate bowl. Do not wipe out the pan.

STEP 4: In the same skillet, add the diced leeks and chopped asparagus spears, reserving the top pieces to lay on top later. Cook leeks and asparagus for 3-4 minutes.

STEP 5: Spread the veggies evenly on the bottom of the skillet and slowly pour in the egg mixture. Add half of the pancetta, reserve the remaining for garnish.

STEP 6: Allow the eggs to set on the stovetop for about 2 minutes. Turn the heat off and carefully lay the reserved asparagus tops in a pinwheel shape on top. Move the frittata to the oven, on the middle rack so that it doesn’t brown too quickly.

STEP 7: Check on frittata periodically. After about 10 minutes, add a few dollops of goat cheese on top and place back in the oven for about 2 minutes to warm the cheese through.

STEP 8: Sprinkle with reserved pancetta and fresh chives.

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