Easter Sunday in our house is fun, but a little hectic. Our day is jam-packed with Easter activities. First, we have to hunt for Easter eggs…indoors and outdoors. Once the hunt has ended we get ready to go to our neighbourhood Easter parade…the largest Easter parade in North America. Then we wrap things up with Easter dinner. This year we are hosting the big family dinner. When in the world do we squeeze in breakfast and lunch? We all know that hungry kids are cranky kids. It can be a real challenge to find easy and healthy breakfast recipes the family will love. How ’bout kids who have only eaten chocolate Easter eggs and bunnies…the worst! This year I have a deliciously simple and versatile solution, a spring frittata.
You know it is spring when you walk through the grocery store and come across asparagus. I came across some lovely snappy, thin stalks of asparagus the other day, and I simply had to add them to the grocery cart.
To make the frittata even more appealing to my kids, I knew I had to add some cheese. For our spring veggie-packed frittata, I wanted to pair a sharper cheese. The naturally smoked gouda paired with asparagus, spinach, delicate peppers, parsley and green onions was a match made in foodie heaven. Here’s the problem – I have actually never made a frittata before. Have you ever made one? I’ve made hundreds of omelettes, plenty of scrambled eggs with chives, but never an oven-baked frittata. I loaded up my grocery cart and headed home to my kitchen to give it a try.
Spring Vegetable Frittata with Smoked Gouda
2 tbsp olive oil
1 cup chopped asparagus
2 slices of cooked bacon
1 green onion, thinly sliced
1/4 chopped red pepper, finely chopped
a handful of spinach
1 tbsp parsley, rough chopped
8 large eggs
1/4 cup heavy cream
1 cup grated smoked gouda
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground pepper
First, it is time to preheat the oven to 350°C
Coat an oven-safe skillet with olive oil. Then saute the onion, asparagus and peppers in the pan. Until the veggies are softened. About 5 minutes, over medium heat.
Once the veggies are soft, add the spinach to the pan. Toss and let the spinach wilt, this will happen quickly.
In the meantime, beat the eggs in a bowl, add the cream, the cheese and the cooked bacon to the eggs, stir to combine.
Pour the egg mixture into the saute pan, with the veggies, over medium heat. Give it a stir to incorporate all the veggies into the eggs. When the edge of the eggs starts to firm up, remove it from the stovetop and put the pan into the oven.
Bake the frittata in the 350°C oven for 20-25 minutes, until the eggs are firm in the middle and the edge is lightly golden.
Remove the pan from the oven. Use a spatula to ease the frittata from the pan. Then you can slice and serve.
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 cup asparagus chopped
- 2 sliced cooked bacon
- 1 green onion thinly sliced
- 1/4 tsp red and yellow pepper finely chopped
- handful of spinach roughly chopped
- 1 tbsp parsley chopped
- 8 large eggs
- 1/4 cup cream
- 1 cup grated smoked gouda cheese
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp ground pepper
- Preheat oven to 350°C.
- Coat oven safe saute pan with olive oil.
- Saute asparagus, onion and peppers in pan, until softened.
- Add spinach to pan, until wilted then remove pan from heat.
- Beat eggs in a large bowl.
- Add cream, cheese, bacon and sauted vegetables to eggs. Stir until combined.
- Pour egg and vegetable mixture into heated saute pan, over medium heat.
- When edges begin to firm up, remove from heat and transfer to oven.
- Transfer pan to 350° oven and bake for 20-25 minutes...until frittata is firm in the middle.
- Remove from oven and use a rubber spatula to remove frittata from pan.
- Slice and serve.
Our spring frittata was so simple to make. My girls beat the eggs, helped chop the veggies and grate the cheese. The best part is I can make a frittata ahead of time, pop it in the freezer and pull it out for a quick and nutritious mid-morning snack on Easter Sunday. Sliced and wrapped in a tortilla, the kids love eating a frittata burrito. Packed with so many green vegetables and that smokey gouda, a spring frittata a simple solution for our busy family.
Now that I’ve made a frittata, I have to make more. What do you like to add to your frittata?
Make this delicious spring pasta with goat cheese sauce.
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