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Potato Bacon Frittata with Pickled Asparagus

Potato Bacon Frittata

a spring potato bacon frittata with caramelized leeks and fresh asparagus, creamy goat cheese, a mustardy pickled asparagus topping, and lots of herbs

serves: 8-10

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Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Lay the bacon in an even layer in a 12” cast-iron skillet. Heat over medium heat. Allow the bacon to render and crisp on both sides, lowering the heat as needed. Remove the bacon from the skillet and set aside.
  2. Add a splash of olive oil to the bacon drippings over medium heat. Working in two batches, fry the potatoes in the skillet until golden and crisp on both sides. Transfer them to a plate lined with paper towels and immediately season with a pinch of salt. Set aside.
  3. Add the butter to the pan. Once melted, add the leeks and a good pinch of salt. Sauté the leeks until tender. Add the sliced asparagus. Continue to cook until slightly caramelized. Season with freshly cracked black pepper.
  4. Meanwhile, beat the eggs in a mixing bowl just until homogenous. Whisk in the milk and two teaspoons of salt.
  5. Add the bacon and potatoes back to the skillet. Arrange all the ingredients in an even later. Pour in the egg mixture. Allow the eggs to cook just for a few minutes until set on the bottom (pull the eggs away from the sides as needed).
  6. Sprinkle the goat cheese over top. Transfer the skillet to the oven and bake for 16-18 minutes, or until the eggs are cooked through and fully set.
  7. While the frittata bakes, thinly slice the pickled asparagus. Strain the pickling liquid from the jar into a small saucepan over medium heat. Reduce the liquid to about ¼ cup. In a mixing bowl, combine the asparagus, reduced liquid, grainy mustard, honey, two tablespoons of olive oil, chives, and dill. Mix well.
  8. Serve the frittata with a sprinkling of watercress (optional) and the pickled asparagus mixture spooned over top or on the side. Garnish with fresh dill and chives.