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posted: 4/4/2012 12:43 PM

Easter Frittata

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  • Serve this creamy asparagus frittata with an Easter ham.

      Serve this creamy asparagus frittata with an Easter ham.
    Associated Press

  • Serve this creamy asparagus frittata with an Easter ham.

      Serve this creamy asparagus frittata with an Easter ham.
    Associated Press


1 cup chopped asparagus (1-inch lengths)

4 egg whites

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2 whole eggs

cup fat-free half-and-half

Salt and ground black pepper

cup shredded gruyere cheese

1 tablespoon olive oil

2 shallots, sliced

cup diced smoked ham

2 cups shredded frozen hash brown potatoes, thawed

Heat the oven to 400 degrees. Fill a medium bowl with ice water.

Bring a medium saucepan of water to a boil. Add the asparagus and blanch for 3 minutes, or until just tender. Use a slotted spoon to remove the asparagus from the boiling water and immediately transfer to the ice water. Once the asparagus is cool, drain and set aside.

In a blender, combine the egg whites, whole eggs, fat-free half-and-half, teaspoon salt and teaspoon pepper. Blend until smooth. Stir in the shredded gruyere.

In a nonstick, oven-safe skillet (cast iron works great) over medium, heat the oil. Add the shallots and cook for 3 to 4 minutes, or until soft. Add the ham, asparagus and the blended egg mixture. Stir for 1 minute, or until the egg just starts to set up.

Sprinkle the shredded potatoes over the top and sprinkle with salt and black pepper. Bake for 5 minutes on the oven's center rack, or until the eggs are set. Increase the oven to broil and cook for another 5-7 minutes, or until the potatoes are crisp and lightly browned.

Serves eight.

Nutrition values per serving: 130 calories, 5 g fat (2 g saturated), 11 g carbohydrates, 1 g fiber, 9 g protein, 55 mg cholesterol, 330 mg sodium.

Alison Ladman for The Associated Press

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