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ASPARAGUS, ZUCCHINI AND POTATO ITALIAN OMELETTE

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Frittata con asparagi, zucchini e patate
Preparation - Easy; Prep: 10 - Cook: 20
Serves 2 - 4

Quick and easy lifesaver if you have need a special meal pronto! Good hot or cold.

INGREDIENTS:
  • 5 TBSP olive oil
  • 4-5 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3-4 TBSP water
  • 1/2 lb asparagus in bite-size pieces
  • 1 medium zucchini, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 spanish onion, thinly sliced
  • 3 medium potatoes, boiled and thinly sliced
  • 1/4 tsp Pico di Gallo or cayenne pepper
  • 3 TBSP Parmesan cheese, grated
  • salt
OO Mixing bowl, oven-proof skillet or pie plate; oven with broiler*

METHOD:
  1. PREHEAT oven to 450F.
  2. LIGHTLY sauté asparagus in a skillet in 2 TBSP olive oil till just tender. (can be prepared ahead of time or use any leftover cooked asparagus).
  3. REMOVE from pan.
  4. IN same skillet heat 1 TBSP olive oil and sauté onion over medium heat stirring regularly until browned and caramelized.
  5. BOIL potatoes until just tender - knife penetrates but potatoes still firm. (can be prepared ahead of time or use leftovers)
  6. DRAIN.
  7. COOL and slice potatoes very thinly.
  8. IN a small bowl lightly beat eggs adding 3-4 TBSP water, salt (1/2 tsp), more to taste
  9. POUR 2 TBSP olive oil into a glass pie pan or other round oven-proof pan.
  10. PLACE in hot oven for a few minutes till oil hot.
  11. REMOVE and add egg mixture.
  12. SCATTER potatoes, asparagus, zucchini and lastly onion over surface.
  13. SPRINKLE with a little salt, cayenne pepper & Parmesan cheese.
  14. PLACE in oven and bake for 15 minutes or until eggs cooked through.
  15. PASS under hot broiler for 2 minutes or more till surface lightly browned (keep an eye on it).
  16. COOL and serve.

*A frittata is thick and is therefore cooked slowly (to cook thoroughly and to be firm when done) - and it must be cooked on both sides - best in the oven and under the broiler, which lighlty browns the top (photograph) but can also cooked on low heat on the top of the stove and 'flipped' - turned with a spatula or slid onto a warm plate and turned back into the skillet to finish.



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