This recipe serves 4ish.
You need a heavy based frying pan which can go under the griller (I believe this is known as a "broiler" in some countries - it's an element at the top of the oven which you slide the food under to get it to frizzle and fry. Sometimes my family call it the "gorilla" cos we're weird like that)
1 punnet cherry tomatoes
about 12 asparagus spears
1 small onion
feta cheese - about 250 g ought to do. I usually use a block but I am trying a tub of marinated feta today.
salt and pepper
|tomatoes - before|
|tomatoes - after|
Meanwhile, boil some water in the frying pan and cook the asparagus for 8 minutes. It is cooked when it has turned dark green. I always snap the ends off the asparagus before I use it, I like the snapping noise it makes.
|asparagus - before|
|asparagus on the boil|
|red onion is my fave|
Add some olive oil to the pan and fry the onion. I like mine nice and brown and caramelised. I find the caramelised red onion flavour a good substitute for bacon and ham in a vegetarian recipe.
First I put in the asparagus spears, I alternate the lengths so they make a nice pattern and fit in well.
I pour the eggs in and poke them around a little bit so the mixture fills the gaps in the vegies.
Then it is time to add the feta, crumble into chunks.
If I had any thyme or pinenuts I would sprinkle those on top too.
It sits on the stove on a medium - low heat for about ten - fifteen minutes. Tilt the pan every now and then to get the egg to run around the rim and set properly. Get the griller going nice and hot while it is on the stovetop. Try really hard not to burn the bottom of the frittata. I have done this before, and had to cut off the burned bits later.
|ready for the griller|
When you think it is not going to cook any longer without burning on the bottom, it is time to put the frittata under the griller to finish it off. Once more, keep an eye on it to make sure it doesn't burn. This is not a good time to wander off and hang out the washing (ask me how I know).
Sitting at the kitchen bench reading a book is ok though. I am reading "Minxy Vintage" by Kelly Doust which is about how to alter vintage clothing to fit and look fabulous.
Every now and then get the frying pan out from under the griller and tilt it. If egg runs out, it needs a bit longer. If the top is brown and bubbly, it is ready.
Let it sit for a minute or three before you cut it into wedges and levering it out of the frying pan with a spatula.
You can serve with a salad and bread. Last time I had mine with asparagus on the side (did I mention that I love asparagus?).
I will probably cook a steak for my hubby to have with his frittata tonight, and DD said she'd rather cook a toasted sandwich (she's not an egg lover) but for a vegetarian this makes a complete meal on its own. It is just as good served cold the next day in my lunchbox at work.
Happy to answer any questions, just leave me a comment below!
PS I scored these beads for $2 on my op shopping trip to Belconnen today - they came from the Salvos at Jamieson. In fact, my mother made me buy them, I was unsure at first but now that I think about it they match my top since they are bronze, brown, cream and a weird rusty pink colour. I think I like them!