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Asparagus and ham Frittata

By May 04, 2015 , , , , , , ,

My other favourite time of year is here again, the asparagus season!

This was never something I ate growing up and wasn't really aware of the vegetable other than it didn't taste very nice out of a tin and was pretty stringy. That is, until I moved to the UK where asparagus season is a bigger deal than it was in Ireland. Where I used to live in Northamptonshire there were plenty of farms that sold freshly picked stalks and it wasn't unknown for us to eat it a good few times a week when in was in season. 

I do have two rules about asparagus I will only eat it in season and I will only eat it if it comes from the country where I'm living (at the time). If I can get local then that is even better (I apply the rule to most veg and meats if possible). It never tastes good out of season.

In the UK the mainstream crop is green asparagus and up until recently here in the Netherlands it wasn't that widely available, so I had to make do with white. White asparagus is sweeter and pairs well with cheesier sauces and salty ham or bacon. My preference though is for green and I always kick the season off by steaming it and serving it with nothing but butter and salt. Other favourites are of course hollandaise sauce, poached duck/hen eggs or parma ham and balsamic with parmesan.

As I was whiling away the time waiting for the green asparagus season to kick in, I started with this frittata recipe which looks good and is easy to make too!

Asparagus Frittata

6 eggs
4 stalks asparagus peeled and quartered
50g cheese of choice
4 slices ham
salt and pepper to taste

Beat six eggs in a bowl to make an omelette base, season with salt and pepper
Pour into a greased frying pan and place on a low heat.
Grate parmesan cheese (or whatever cheese you have to hand) over the base
Add some sliced ham to cover the cheese
Place the asparagus on top.
Once you have finished the assembly, take off the heat and then place under a hot grill for 5 minutes.

For those of you who would prefer a vegetarian dish, you can omit the ham.


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