Whether served for breakfast, brunch or a light dinner this springy frittata is quick, easy and flavorful. Cheesy ham and asparagus frittata is the perfect recipe to share with friends and family!
This cheesy ham and asparagus frittata screams spring brunch to me. It has those classic breakfast flavors with a little twist. It is perfect on its own for breakfast. But served with a small fresh salad it would be a perfect brunch or luncheon entrée as well.
I always know spring is right around the corner when the asparagus starts getting prime placement in the grocery store produce aisles. All of the sudden the quantity available multiplies and the prices start to drop.
That is how you know it’s time to start thinking about putting away the sweaters and pulling out some spring clothes at long last. Unless it’s this year, then mother nature will just tease you with nice weather one day followed by snow the next.
I think she’s finally done, but I’m not packing away the sweaters yet just in case! I’ve learned my lesson and she’s not fooling me again.
Those early asparagus crops must be from warmer climates, because in all honesty are usually bound to have to wear winter jackets at least a few more times after their arrival in the midwest. It doesn’t stop me from picking some up to at least get a taste of spring.
Then labels on the asparagus start moving closer to home. When the local Asparagus arrives, we know spring is really here to stay!
There is something special about the first asparagus of the year, but local asparagus is event better. It can be pencil thin or big thick stalks and it is always delicious!
I think ham and asparagus are a perfect match. Maybe it’s because I associate both foods with Easter.
Maybe it’s because the sweet smokiness of the ham compliments the fresh springy flavor of asparagus. I just knew the two would pair together perfectly in a frittata.
If we are putting ham, asparagus and eggs together, there needs to be some cheese as well. Cheese makes everything better after all!
Just with that list of ingredients, you know this is going to be good. It is hard to go wrong with all of those goodies in here.
But now I will let you in on the little secret that takes this frittata to the next level. Just a bit of Dijon mustard mixed into the eggs.
It doesn’t take much but just a tiny bit of Dijon takes this from good to great. It’s not a pronounced mustard flavor that hits you in the face.
It’s just a little something extra that makes you know something extra is there but you may not even be able to put your finger on it. I loved it so much, I had to add it to my mini ham and cheese quiche when I redid them as well. It’s sooooo good!
I also love making zucchini and Parmesan cheese frittatas. What are your favorite mix ins for frittata?
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Cheesy Ham and Asparagus Frittata
- 10 eggs
- 1½ cups ham diced
- 1 pound asparagus
- 1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese grated
- 1 green onion
- salt and pepper
- 1 Tablespoon cooking oil
- Preheat oven to 400°F and grease a 12-inch oven safe skillet or 9×13 pan.
- Trim ends off asparagus and cut into 1-inch pieces.
- In a large bowl, beat eggs until frothy. Stir in mustard and season with salt and pepper. Stir in cheese and green onions, set aside.
- In a skillet, warm oil over medium heat. Add ham and asparagus. Cook, stirring frequently until asparagus is bright green and tender crisp. (If using 9×13, transfer to prepared pan.)
- Pour egg mixture over asparagus and ham. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until set in the middle.