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Recipe: Asparagus Frittata With Burrata and Herb Pesto

by Jessie Beyer - Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Easy and delicious, this frittata makes for a great brunch dish or an easy late-night dinner. Here’s a classic from Mark Bittman’s recipe box.

Ingredients
1 small bunch medium asparagus, tough bottoms removed
½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 cup basil leaves, plus a few small basil leaves for garnish
1 cup flat-leaf parsley leaves
Salt and pepper
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
8 large eggs, lightly beaten
¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 ball of fresh burrata, about 1/2 pound, at room temperature

Preparation
Rinse asparagus, and pat dry. Cut into 1-inch pieces on the diagonal, or into julienne strips if preferred. Set aside.

In blender or small food processor, purée olive oil, basil and parsley to make a thin pesto. Season with salt and pepper.

Put a 10-inch cast-iron skillet or other nonstick omelet pan over medium-high heat. When hot, add butter and swirl to coat pan, then add asparagus. Season with salt and pepper and cook, stirring for about a minute without browning.

Quickly pour in eggs and stir with a wooden spoon, as if making scrambled eggs. Tilt pan and lift mixture at the edges to allow any runny egg from the top to make its way to the bottom. After 3 or 4 minutes, the frittata should be mostly set. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

Lay a lid over the skillet, and turn off the heat. Leave for a minute or so, until frittata is moist and just done. (Alternatively, place pan under a hot broiler for a minute or so.)

Set whole burrata in the center of frittata. Drizzle with herb pesto. Pierce burrata with tip of a knife and spoon contents over frittata. Cut frittata into wedges and serve directly from pan, garnished with basil leaves.

Buon appetito!

Recipe courtesy of the New York Times

Jessie Beyer - Originally from the suburbs of Washington, D.C., Jessie headed west for college and never looked back. She earned a Journalism and Technical Communications degree from Colorado State University, and has since worked in a variety of industries including radio, sustainability, and wine tourism. Jessie combines her passion for travel, cycling, and storytelling to help people understand the unique power of exploring the world from the seat of a bike. A self-proclaimed travel junkie, Jessie has found herself on many extended adventures. She spent 2015 exploring many corners of the world including tramping through New Zealand's mountains, cycling through Europe, and hitching a boat ride down the Mekong river from Laos into Thailand. At home in Colorado you'll likely find her singing her way up mountain trails, talking to strangers, and seeking restaurants with patios and Spanish wines.

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