Frittata egg breakfasts are usually a meal to share, but this two-egg, single-serving recipe packed with fresh asparagus, mushrooms, green onion and a sprinkling of goat cheese is the perfect way to enjoy a quick and healthy breakfast idea for one.
When I used to hear of people making frittatas, it sounded so glamorous, so exotic. It was a recipe you’d save to serve for company at a languid weekend brunch with mimosas and sunshine. Sure, frittatas can be exactly that. But they can also be one of the quickest, easiest breakfasts for one you’ll make all week, and that’s why a version of this ingredient combo hits my breakfast table at least once or twice a week.
When I started making frittatas for breakfast it was entirely by accident and purely because as a distracted multi-tasker who put my standard scrambled egg combo of asparagus, mushroom and green onion to cook on the stove, then started doing the dishes, and promptly forgot all about my eggs.
And so when I turned around I was happily surprised to see there was a sight to behold, a puffy mass of softly souffleéd egg cooking gently away in my pan.
This egg scrambling “mistake” wasn’t the first time I’d made a frittata (this one is SO GOOD!) but it is the one that made me realize this frittata-making situation just might be the easiest, hands-off way to make a fresh and fast, healthy grab-and-go breakfast each and every day of the week.
How to Make a Frittata for One
While both are cooked in a pan on the stove, the difference between omelettes and frittatas are how the ingredients for the fillings are added to the eggs. Omelette fillings are added to a folded sheath of eggs while frittata fillings are stirred into the eggs to cook together. Frittatas are also finished off cooking in the pan so the eggs rise and soufflé. For this frittata for one, I use my 8-inch, non-stick skillet and finish the cooking in my trusty toaster oven.
To keep my eggs from sticking to my pan, I use non-stick spray or a small dollop of butter. The butter allows the eggs to separate more from the edge of the pan, but if you’re being conscious of extra fat, the non-stick spray is your next best option.
Whisking the eggs well adds air that will give them loft while cooking. I add 1 teaspoon of water while whisking the eggs which seems to help achieve that loft even more, along with a pinch of kosher salt for seasoning. My husband prefers a teaspoon or so of milk or cream to his eggs. He’s always going for the added fat for flavor.
Cook the eggs on a medium low setting and allow the edges to begin to fully set with the eggs lightly bubbling before lifting the edge to tip the raw egg under the cooked edges. You don’t want to create scrambled eggs here, and finishing the whole thing off in the oven will set the middle of the eggs even more.
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Asparagus and Mushroom Frittata with Goat Cheese
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon water or milk
- pinch of kosher salt
- Cooking spray or 1 tablespoon butter
- 2-3 brown mushrooms sliced
- 4-5 asparagus spears trimmed and cut into 1/2 inch pieces
- 1 tablespoon chopped green onion
- 2 tablespoons goat cheese
Preheat the oven or toaster oven to broil.
Spray a 7 to 8-inch non-stick fry pan with cooking spray and warm on medium heat. Add the sliced mushrooms and cook for 2-3 minutes, turning once or twice. Add the asparagus and cook for 1-2 minutes more.
Whisk the eggs in a bowl with 1 teaspoon water and a pinch of kosher salt until light and frothy, then pour into the mushroom and spinach mixture. Sprinkle with the green onion and the goat cheese. Cook the eggs undisturbed until the edges begin to pull away from the edge of the pan and begin to set. Gently lift the edges of the egg whites and tilt the pan so the uncooked egg runs under the cooked part and cook for another minute or so.
Transfer the fry pan to the oven and broil for 2-3 minutes or until the eggs have puffed and have cooked through. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with more goat cheese if desired. Cut into wedges and serve warm or at room temperature
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