I just had to Google “frittata” to figure out how to spell it… awkward.
Moving right along.
If you read my blog often, you know how much I love quiche. Well, the way I see things, the frittata is quiche’s cousin: it’s got all the yummy eggy goodness of quiche, but without the crust. Sometimes, I feel like quiche but I want to forego the crust, so I make a frittata (read: I don’t have a crust in my freezer and am too lazy to go buy one).
In all seriousness, frittatas are a wonderful lighter alternative to quiche, with all of its flavour but less fat. Frittatas are simple to make and easily customizable, so you can try many versions before tiring of the dish. Plus, it seems really fancy, so you can serve this up at a brunch and wow your guests without slaving in the kitchen for hours. Bonus!
I have a love-love relationship with quiche. It is such a delicious savoury dish, and because you can vary the filling, it never gets old for me! I tend to have a pie shell in my freezer at the ready, so that whenever my quiche mood strikes, I can satisfy it immediately. I love that the preparation time for quiche is relatively low, but the recipe can last a few days if you’re feeding one or two people. It’s easy to pack for lunch, and it’s a good way to get your protein in at any time of day because it’s breakfast, lunch, and dinner-friendly!
This quiche is a bit pared down compared to my usual veggie-loaded quiches (for my other quiche recipe, click here!). In fact, as my sister and I where preparing this quiche yesterday afternoon, we joked about how using fewer ingredients makes a quiche seem fancier… whereas lots of ingredients make a quiche feel more homey and hearty.
So this is our take on snooty high-class quiche. The parmesan layer gets golden brown and crunchy, and the sweetness of the onions complements the fresh asparagus perfectly. I promise you, it is very, very good!
Quiche is a wonderful dish that can easily be adapted to the season at hand. In the winter, it’s a piping hot slice of comfort, while in the summer it acts as a light meal. It’s hearty, filling, and reasonably healthy as well — as long as you make a few key modifications to traditional recipes that call for crème fraiche and lots of butter.
I made this particular quiche back in early September using fresh tomatoes, yellow beans, mushrooms, and onions. The pie shell was packed to the brim with veggies, layered with grated cheese and covered in eggs. I would be lying if I said I went easy on the cheese in this recipe, since it is one of my weaknesses, but even so it was definitely a healthy quiche.